Croydon High offers a limited number of scholarships for entry at Year 7, Year 9 and in the Sixth Form.

These are awarded on the basis of excellence; either academically or in the chosen speciality – for example, Art, Music, Sport and Drama.

We also award a very limited number of bursaries, offering financial assistance with fees for girls entering Year 7 or Sixth Form only. These are awarded on the basis of academic excellence combined with financial need. All applications for bursaries will be means tested and assessed by the Bursary team at the GDST’s Head Office.

Managing Expectations

Every year we receive extremely high numbers of applications for bursary places. It is important to stress that due to very limited numbers, these can only be awarded to the very highest performing candidates academically, whose financial circumstances meet the GDST’s strict criteria. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who apply, despite being very able academically, will not be awarded a bursary place.

The GDST is embarking on a major campaign to raise funds that will enable us to extend the number of bursaries we can offer and increase opportunities for bright girls to join us in the future, regardless of their financial circumstances.

More information about the GDST’s approach to Scholarships and Bursaries can be found on their website or download the brochure.

Academic Scholarships for Year 7 Entry

This will be awarded on the basis of performance in the Entrance test on 5 January 2024.

Academic Plus Scholarships for Year 9 Entry

This will be awarded to applicants from external schools who apply for academic scholarship and assessment in: Art & Design, Music, Drama or Sport. Roles and Responsibilities pertaining to this award and further details will be sent on application.

Music, Art & Design, Drama and Sports scholarships for Year 7

For entry in September 2024, the selection process will take place in November/December 2023. Information and entry forms for September 2024 will be available from the Admissions Registrar from Summer 2023.

Sixth Form Scholarships

There will be a competitive Academic Scholarship examination on Saturday 11 November 2023 from 1-5pm. Croydon High School Academic Scholars will be a small number of girls who show exceptional potential for future academic study.

Art, Drama, Music, PE and (occasionally) Technology Scholarships are available for the Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Scholarship & Award Guide

Jacqueline du Pré Sixth Form music scholarship

Applicants should be of a good Grade VII standard but, in exceptional cases, a candidate who has achieved a distinction at Grade VI might be considered. This scholarship is open to both internal and external candidates.

At the end of Lower Sixth

The Jenny Park Award for girls studying English & the Arts is awarded. Scholarship Trust Awards for girls studying a science, humanity, art, modern language are also available.

GDST Bursaries

A limited number of these are available to girls joining the school in Year 7 and Lower Sixth who would not otherwise be able to benefit from Croydon High School education. Bursaries are means tested and the value of the bursary is related to the income and financial resources of the girl’s family.

The award of a Bursary is at the Head’s discretion based on a girl’s performance in the entrance test. The online Bursary forms will be available to be completed once the application has been received by the Admissions Registrar.

Post-entry bursaries may be awarded to girls whose families suffer unexpected financial difficulties, and are no longer able to pay the fees in full. Parents should inform the school, at the time of their application, of any specific learning difficulty or disability, and by enclosing with the registration form any Educational Psychologist’s Report.