Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships are awarded to exceptional sportswomen who demonstrate ability and potential in one or more of the school’s main sports.



The scholarships are open to external 11+ and 16+ applicants as well as to current pupils in Year 6 and 11. Candidates will be assessed in the same way. Assessment of current pupils who apply will be based on aptitude demonstrated through the scholarship process rather than on prior performance at NLCS.

Sport Scholarship applicants will need to demonstrate that they are playing (or have the potential to compete) at club ( for U11 only ), county, regional or national level or have a recognised ranking in their sport before applying. Candidates should be an outstanding ‘A’ team player or equivalent at their current school, or an elite club level performer.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate fully in the sporting life of the school and represent the school in their chosen sport throughout their time at NLCS.

Sports scholars are positive role models, worthy sports performers and possess leadership qualities. If successful they will have:

  • A member of PE staff as a mentor
  • Personalised strength and conditioning programme with access to the fitness suite.
  • Some NLCS Kit provided
  • Nutritional support
  • Fee remission – usually, some level of fee remission. However, fee remissions are not guaranteed and on occasion the School may award a scholarship without one.
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The Application Process

To apply for a Sports Scholarship please tick the box on the 11+ or 16+ application form indicating that you would like to apply for a Sports Scholarship. Once submitted you will be asked to provide:

  • Completed Sports Scholarship form
  • Sports Scholarship reference (to be completed by your nominated referee)
  • Video footage of applicants performing at their highest level (Skiing only)

Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an assessment day which will include the following*:

  • Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Bleep Test)
  • Ball skills
  • Small-sided game play (Netball/Cricket/Lacrosse/Swimming /Tennis/ Badminton)
  • An informal, friendly interview with a member of the PE department
  • Those selecting gymnastics should be prepared to perform a routine of no longer than 1.5 minutes and be prepared to demonstrate tumbling skills on an air track and vaulting skills.
  • Dance applicants should prepare a 2 minute routine in a style of their choice.

*Applicants will only be assessed in the areas that are relevant to the sport they are applying for.

Results of the assessment will be released at the same time as the 11+ & 16+ results.