Scholarships and Bursary Awards

At 11+

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

Candidates shortlisted at Entrance Day for the Academic Scholarship will sit papers in English and Mathematics in the January of the year of entry.  These examinations are sat at St Mary’s Calne.

The Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship Auditions and Assessments take place in the second half of the Autumn Term of Year 6 and are conditional on good performance at either Common Entrance or St Mary’s own entrance examinations in January.  Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates may alternatively choose to sit the Academic Scholarship papers if they wish to be considered for an Academic Scholarship as well. 

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, Academic Exhibitions may be offered to candidates showing outstanding ability in a single subject.

For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Admissions Department.

 

At 13+

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Bodinnar All-Rounder
  • Art
  • Choral
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

Candidates shortlisted at Entrance Day for the Academic Scholarship will need to be registered with the ISEB by St Mary's Calne and will sit the Common Academic Scholarship papers in February of the year of entry.  The closing date for registering candidates for these examinations is 1st February and the registration fee is £115.

The ‘Bodinnar’ All-Rounder Scholarship will be awarded to a girl who excels both academically and in two or more disciplines selected from Art, Drama, Music and Sport.  The ISEB Common Academic Scholarship papers will be sat and candidates will need to be registered with the ISEB by St Mary's Calne by 1st February and the registration fee is £115.

The Assessment Day for Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships takes place in the February of the year of entry and scholarships will be offered by the end of the Spring Term.  All Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships are conditional on good performance in either Common Entrance in June or St Mary’s own entrance examinations in February.  Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates may alternatively choose to sit the ISEB Common Academic Scholarship papers if they also wish to be considered for an Academic Scholarship. 

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, Academic Exhibitions may be offered to candidates showing outstanding ability in a single subject.

For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Admissions Department.

Value of Awards

Academic Scholarships are awarded up to 40% of a scholar’s boarding or day fees, as applicable.  Awards are granted solely on merit as the result of a competitive examination.  To be able to allocate funds to those girls who would most benefit from them financially, only a proportion of the percentage offered - 5% - is awarded automatically.  The remaining 35% - or a proportion thereof – is allocated, subject to a means test, at the Governors’ discretion.  This process remains entirely confidential and parents may request the relevant forms when the scholarship has been award. 

Academic Exhibitions may be awarded up to 10% of a scholar’s boarding or day fees.  Only 5% will be awarded automatically, the remainder being subject to a means test at the Governors’ discretion.

Music Scholars will be offered free tuition in two instruments; Choral Scholars will be offered free vocal tuition.  Drama Scholars will be awarded up to two free LAMDA lessons per week.  Art and Sports Scholarships are honorary awards, for which the recipient will receive £1,000 per annum towards resources relevant to their award. 

All awards are retained to the end of Sixth Form and are reviewed at regular intervals.  Candidates who are successful in gaining an award, but require greater remission in fees in order to be able to take up their place may apply for a means-tested Bursary.  Forms are available from the Admissions Department and should be returned to the Bursar. 

 

Sixth Form

Two internal Academic Scholarships will be awarded to current pupils in their final GCSE year at St Mary’s for the duration of the Sixth Form.  In addition, one Academic Scholarship may be awarded to an internal or an external candidate. 

Scholarships for Art, Drama, Music and Sport may be awarded to an internal or an external candidate for the duration of the Sixth Form.  Girls accepting one of these awards are expected to take the subject to A2 Level.

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, up to two Exhibitions will be offered to internal or external candidates. 

Academic Scholarships are awarded up to 40% of a scholar’s boarding or day fees, as applicable.  Awards are granted solely on merit as the result of a competitive examination.  To be able to allocate funds to those girls who would most benefit from them financially, only a proportion of the percentage offered - 5% - is awarded automatically.  The remaining 35% - or a proportion thereof – is allocated, subject to a means test, at the Governors’ discretion.  This process remains entirely confidential and parents may request the relevant forms at the time of the scholarship award. 

Academic Exhibitions may be awarded up to 10% of a scholar’s boarding or day fees.  Only 5% will be awarded automatically, the remainder being subject to a means test at the Governors’ discretion.

Art and Sports Scholarships are honorary awards, for which the recipient will receive £1,000 per annum.  Music Scholars will be offered free tuition in two instruments and Drama Scholars will be offered up to two free LAMDA lessons per week.

 

Foundation Scholarships

One Foundation Scholarship is available annually at 11+ and one at Sixth Form to particularly gifted and talented pupils from the state education sector who, for reasons of financial restriction, might otherwise be prevented from applying to the school.  All Foundation Scholarships are retained to the end of the Sixth Form.  The Scholarships are means-tested and could reduce the Day fees by up to 100%. 

At 11+, the Scholarships are granted solely on merit as the result of competitive examination and require the support of a candidate’s Head Teacher.  Candidates sit examinations in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning and, in addition, are interviewed by a member of teaching staff and the Headmistress. 

At Sixth Form, Scholarships are made subject to academic record, interview, reference and personal statements.  Although they are not exam based, work relevant to the A Levels you to wish to study must be submitted with the application form.  Consideration will go particularly, but not exclusively, to girls whose parents have not themselves been to university or higher education, but who strive for this for their daughters.

All Foundation Scholarships share the same application process.  Applicants should register interest in the Scholarships in September of the year preceding entry.  An Information Evening is held in late September which includes a tour of the school. 

The closing date for applications for the 2017 awards is 1st October 2016. 
Sixth Form Foundation Award Interviews take place on Friday 21st October 2016 for 2017 entry.
11+ Foundation Award Examinations take place on Friday 4th November 2016 for 2017 entry.

 

CGA Bursaries

Bursaries from the Calne Girls' Association Bursary Fund may be available.  This fund was set up to provide a means-tested bursary or bursaries for the daughters of former pupils wishing to enter the school.  Once awarded, bursaries are usually paid termly, and reviewed annually to confirm that the parents' financial situation is unchanged.

 

HM Forces Discount

Members of the permanent Armed Forces (or reservists on full-time duties, for the duration of those duties) a means-tested discount up to 20% is offered.  Please contact the Admissions Department for more information.