Scholarships and Bursaries
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who demonstrate excellent potential.
The presence of a significant proportion of highly able and well-motivated girls from families who would otherwise be unable to consider an education at Blackheath High School, is an important factor in achieving and maintaining high academic standards for the benefit of the whole school.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer scholarships and bursaries to Early Years or Junior School pupils at this time.
Girl emPowered Scholarship Programme:
Our prestigious Girl emPowered Scholarship Programme welcomes students with exceptional talent into a specialist programme designed to help them to achieve their goals and dreams.
Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholars are appointed annually upon entry to Year 7, with additional opportunities to join the programme upon entry to Year 12. The programme is open to both new joiners, and those who are moving up from lower in the school.
Scholarships are in the form not only of fee remission, but exclusive opportunities made available only to scholars to hone their interest and skills in their chosen field. They are a great honour, and highly valued by universities.
All candidates who sit our 11+ and 13+ entrance examinations and our 16+ scholarship assessment are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded based on performance in the entrance examination or predicted GCSE results, and also take into account how the applicant conduct themselves at interview and the excellence of their school reference and school report. The best performing candidates will be short-listed for an additional scholarship interview with a member of our Senior Leadership Team.
In order to be considered for an Art, Music, Drama or Sport Scholarship, the applicant must indicate their interest on their application form. Only one Subject-specific Scholarship may be applied for, although a student may hold both an Academic Scholarship and a Subject-Specific Scholarship to a maximum value of 50% of the published fees.
All scholars are expected to perform well at entrance examinations, and subject-specific applicants will need to complete an assessment in their chosen field to ascertain skill and potential.
Read more about 11+ subject scholarships, how to apply, and guidance on your application.
The deadline for 11+ scholarship applications for September 2024 entry is 27 October 2023.
Sixth Form scholarships:
Sixth Form scholarships are open both to new joiners, and to those moving up from the Senior School. Along with the Girl emPowered Scholarship Programme – which at 16+ has additional places available for Academic, Art, Drama, and Music Scholars – there are a range of smaller and honorary academic prizes available for exceptional potential in the Sixth Form. These prizes are very prestigious, and looked upon favourably by universities. Sixth Form students may hold multiple scholarships and prizes, as long as they only hold one Subject-Specific Scholarship and the total discount does not exceed 50% of the published fees.
The deadline for Sixth Form scholarships and bursaries for September 2024 entry is 31 October 2023.
We appreciate that not everyone can afford to pay full fees for their daughter’s education, which is why we offer a number of bursaries to girls entering Year 7, Year 9 or Year 12. These bursaries are both means-tested and dependent on the applicant’s academic potential, and are extremely competitive. The value of the bursary is dependent upon the income and financial resources of the applicant’s family, but can represent as much as full fees. A partial bursary may be granted to a girl who has won a subject scholarship, with the combined value never exceeding the full fees. Eligibility for bursaries is re-assessed each academic year to take into consideration changes in financial circumstances.
If you are interested in being considered for a bursary, please indicate this on your application form. You will be notified if your daughter’s bursary application has been successful in your offer letter.