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Since its foundation in 1850, North London Collegiate School has been committed to providing an accessible, affordable education for girls of ability. To attract able girls and to help those who might otherwise be unable to attend a fee-paying school, we offer bursaries, scholarships and music scholarships.

As early as 1910 local and national governments grants enabled the school to take non-fee payers, a mix which strengthened and enhanced the academic standards of the school.  The Direct Grant and, latterly, the Assisted Places schemes enabled the school to continue this policy. Despite the withdrawal of the Direct Grant scheme in 1976 and the Assisted Places scheme in 1998, North London Collegiate School remains committed to providing opportunity based on ability, regardless of financial means. Successful appeals have improved the funds we have available for bursaries. 

The difference between a Bursary and a Scholarship

Academic scholarships are based solely on the entrance examination results at 11+ and 16+, with awards made on academic merit irrespective of financial means.  There are no special scholarship examinations nor do parents apply for a scholarship. The value of scholarships is up to 50% of fees and is valid until the end of a girl's education at North London Collegiate School. 

A number of music scholarships are awarded at 11+ on the basis of merit. Girls must pass the entrance examination and a music audition conducted by the music department to qualify. In addition, music scholars may be eligible for a bursary. Parents who wish their daughter to be considered for a music scholarship must fill in an application form

Bursaries are related to the income and assets of the family. They are means tested and reviewed annually. Bursaries may also take into account academic merit. It is not unusual for a girl to be a recipient of both a scholarship and a bursary. The value of bursaries ranges from 10% of school fees to 100%. Pupils holding bursaries may also be given help with expenses such as school field trips.

Bursaries

Central to the ethos at North London Collegiate School is the provision of bursary places to allow bright girls to benefit from the world class education on offer, irrespective of their social or financial circumstances. Since its foundation North London Collegiate School has been committed to providing an accessible, affordable education for girls of ability. The school benefits from the diversity which our pupils bring.

Bursaries are awarded on the basis of a means-test form which requests full details of income and capital resources. With that information we can assess the merits of each individual application and offer financial support as appropriate. Bursaries are means-tested each year and may change as a family’s financial situation improves or deteriorates. Bursaries are a percentage of school fees and revalued annually in line with rises in school fees. All queries about bursaries should be directed to the school bursar.

Bursaries are given to girls aged 11 prior to entry into year 7 or to new entrants joining the sixth form. In exceptional circumstances, bursaries may be available to help girls in Year 10 onwards, whose parents are experiencing financial hardship and cannot meet the cost of full school fees.  These bursaries are means tested and are applicable until family circumstances improve or the girl finishes her current examination course.

Applications for bursaries should be made only once your daughter is invited back for an interview following the entrance examination. Following success in the examination, parents will receive a letter inviting them and their daughter to interview.  Parents seeking a bursary must then apply before the interview date and complete a statement of income and fixed expenditure.  The Bursar or Assistant Bursar then interviews parents to discuss their application and financial circumstances.

A committee of governors considers each case individually and in confidence.  When the assessment process is complete, the Headmistress will write to parents offering a place and at the same time indicate whether a bursary is available.  Additional academic scholarship and music scholarship awards are made at the discretion of the Headmistress. 

The three examples show the types of girls who have benefited from our bursary scheme. 

  • Parents both working; one employed by the police and one by the NHS. Modest home with mortgage. Two children, each receiving 10% fee remission. 
  • Parents both working in low paid employment. Modest home with mortgage. One child receiving 40% fee remission. 
  • Single mother running own business with very low income. Living in rented accommodation. One child receiving 100% fee remission.

For more information about the bursary application process, please contact the Bursar, by email bursar@nlcs.org.uk or by phone on 020 8951 6443.

Music

A number of music scholarships are awarded at 11+ on the basis of merit.  Girls must pass the entrance examination and a music audition conducted by the music department to qualify.  In addition, music scholars may be eligible for a bursary.  Parents who wish their daughter to be considered for a music scholarship must fill in an application form.  

Candidates should be at the standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 distinction or above on their first instrument. Exceptions may be made for girls playing certain minority instruments. To apply, parents should complete the Music Scholarship Application Form and return it with a copy of the latest music examination certificate(s) to the 11+ Admissions Officer.

All candidates who are at the above level, if they are called back for an interview following the Maths and English entrance exams, will be invited for audition where they will be required:

Either:

  • to perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice on one instrument; or
  • to perform one piece on their main instrument and another on their second instrument. Performance on the main instrument should be at the standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 distinction or above. (Exceptions may be made for girls playing certain minority instruments).
  • To sing a simple folk song of their own choice, pleasantly and in tune (preferably unaccompanied).
  • To do sight reading and aural tests.  Both of these tests will be of ABRSM Grade 5 standard.
  • Brief discussion about their music making.

All parts of the examination are important and must be prepared by all candidates.

The school will provide an official accompanist, and all candidates who need an accompanist must make use of his/her services.

These practical tests are on a separate day to the Interview and are normally held on the last Saturday in January or the first Saturday in February. The times of the practical tests will be notified to successful candidates after the Entrance Examination. 

It will not be necessary for scholarship holders to have individual instrumental lessons at North London Collegiate School if they wish to continue with their present music teachers, but they must participate in the corporate musical life of the school.

Scholarships

Academic scholarship awards are based solely on the entrance examination results at 11+ and 16+, with awards made on academic merit irrespective of financial means.  There are no special scholarship examinations nor do parents apply for a scholarship.  The value of scholarships is up to 50% of fees and is valid until the end of a girl's education at North London Collegiate School.

Scholarships are given to girls aged 11 prior to entry into year 7 or to new entrants joining the sixth form. Scholarships are not means tested and no special application is required.  Parents need not supply any financial details, unless they are applying for a bursary.  Since scholarships are awarded as a percentage of school fees, the sum awarded rises with any fee increase.

Girls may hold a scholarship combined with a bursary to the maximum value of 100% of school fees.

No special application is required. All girls applying for admission to the School in Year 7 and in the Sixth Form are considered. Enquiries about scholarships should be made to the Admissions Officer.  

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