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Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are available to selected girls of excellent academic ability on entry to year 7 and year 12 only. The Scholarship and Bursary Scheme was introduced in 1997 and aims to ensure that GDST schools continue to be accessible to talented girls who would profit from a Trust education, but who could not afford it without financial help.

The presence of a significant proportion of academically highly able and well-motivated girls from families of modest means is an important factor in achieving and maintaining high academic standards for the benefit of the whole school.

Please click here to visit our Publications page, for all our downloadable information booklets, entry information, application forms and scholarship/bursary literature.

Please click here for more information on the GDST's website about scholarships and bursaries.


A scholarship is awarded on academic merit as measured by a girl's results in the competitive entrance examination and is irrespective of the family's financial means. The maximum value of a scholarship is 50% of the published fees. All candidates who sit for the 11+ examination in January for entry the following September are automatically considered for an academic scholarship.

Blackheath High School offers several academic scholarships every year. Two more academic scholarships are funded by HSBC and awarded to girls of good academic potential whose parents are eligible for full Trust bursaries (see below).

In addition, scholarships are awarded for Art, Music and Sport to those entering the school at 11+ and a number of other scholarships and awards are granted to Sixth Form pupils.


A bursary also takes into account academic merit, additionally every bursary is means-tested and the value of the bursary is related to the income and financial resources of the girl's family. The maximum value of the bursary can be the full fees. A bursary may be granted to a girl who has won a scholarship, with the combined value not exceeding the full fees. Please see the booklet below for further information.

HSBC Sixth Form Scholarships

International banking and financial services group HSBC has provided four places within our Sixth Form for able girls who would not normally be able to take up a place. The offer of four scholarships places makes Blackheath High School one of only 20 leading independent schools in the country to be awarded at least two HSBC scholarships each year.

HSBC places are awarded on academic merit and are also means-tested.  Eligibility for a scholarship is decided on the basis of performance in the school's scholarship examination, a reference from the pupil's present school and an interview.