Bursaries and scholarships | Portsmouth High School

Bursaries and scholarships

The GDST is committed to broadening access to the brightest but most financially disadvantaged girls. Bursaries and scholarships are available to any pupil aged 11 and over and most are awarded pre-entry either for Year 7 or on direct entry to the Sixth Form.

Bursaries are awarded only to pupils in the top 50% of performance in the Entrance Examinations. All bursaries are means tested and their value is related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family. The maximum value of a bursary can be the full published fees.

We aim to assist as many families qualifying for bursaries as possible. However, given the demand, we are not usually able to offer support to all of those qualifying.

Bursary application forms are available from our Admissions Registrar, Miss Louise Nunan. Please email admissions@por.gdst.net or telephone 023 9282 6714.

Scholarships are awarded on merit, irrespective of financial means. Offers are made based upon performance in Entrance Examinations (for academic scholarships) or outstanding ability demonstrated in disciplines such as music and sport. The maximum value of a scholarship is 5% of annual fees.

11+ Academic

Each year, we are able to offer academic scholarships to pupils starting in Year 7. These scholarships will be worth up to 5% of annual fees throughout a girl’s school career and are not means tested. Everyone who sits the entrance examination is eligible to receive a scholarship and it is possible to be awarded a scholarship and a bursary. There are up to two 11+ scholarships available to girls transferring from our own Junior School and up to a further two for girls joining us from other schools. Offers are made based on the results of the Entrance Examination and a special application is not needed.

13+ Academic

Academic scholarships are also available for 13+ entry. Pupils will register their interest via the registration form by the end of the Autumn Term and sit the school’s Entrance Examination in the Spring Term, prior to the year of entry. Following the examination, short-listed applicants will be invited to the school for an interview. There are up to two 13+ academic scholarships worth a maximum of 5% of annual fees throughout a girl’s school career and they are not means tested.

Sixth Form

At 16+ we are able to offer Sixth Form academic scholarships to girls who demonstrate outstanding academic potential or excel in particular areas. We also offer Sixth Form Scholarships in Art, Drama and Sport to girls who excel in these areas of school life.

These scholarships are worth up to 5% of annual fees for the two years of Sixth Form and are awarded following special application and a selection procedure. Applications must be submitted by the end of the Autumn Term and selection takes place in late January or early February.

HSBC scholarships, covering the full fees, are awarded to exceptional candidates applying from maintained sector schools. Details are available on request from the Admissions Registrar. A previous recipient of an HSBC scholarship award gives an account of her experience here.


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