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Scholarships & Bursaries

The School offers scholarships up to the value of 10% per annum of the annual tuition fees for entry in Year 7, Year 9 and in the Sixth Form. The scholarships are awarded for academic, artistic, dramatic, musical and sporting excellence. All awards are offered at the Governors’ discretion and may be reviewed at any time in light of the scholar’s performance. Before a child can be considered for a scholarship, the Registration Form must be completed and returned to the Registrar together with a non-refundable fee of £125. For overseas candidates, a registration fee of £150 is required.

11+ / 13+ Scholarships

Scholarships are offered following success in the entrance exam in January.  There is no need to apply for an academic scholarship as this is based on a successful entrance exam. Information on the Drama, Art, Music and Sports Scholarships at 11+ / 13+ can be found below and in the General Information Booklet. In the case of those applying for art, drama, music or sport, the online scholarship application form must be submitted by the close of registration. You will be invited to attend an assessment/audition day at school prior to the entrance exam. If applying for more than one Scholarship, please submit a separate online Scholarship Application Form for each. Please note that 13+ Scholarships will be assessed at the same time as the pre-test is taken (when the student is in Year 6).

11+/13+ Scholarship Application Form:

Music Scholarship only

11+/13+ Academic Scholarship

Students who perform exceptionally overall in the 11+ and 13+ entrance examinations are invited to an Academic Scholarship interview with the Headmaster. Students who excel in both the entrance examination and the interview process will be offered an Academic Scholarship.

11+/13+ Drama Scholarship

Candidates will be asked to demonstrate excellence in Dramatic Performance. They will be expected to demonstrate a strong appreciation of theatre, an understanding of production issues and knowledge of theatre outside the school context.

Candidates will be asked to perform a monologue piece of their choosing from a published play up to 2 minutes. Candidates should also expect to be assessed in a group setting where improvisation skills will be observed. Candidates will be asked about the performance they have given, previous performances (where appropriate) and their ambitions in this area. All candidates will also be expected to reach an appropriate standard in the entrance examination.

11+/13+ Art Scholarships

Awards will be made based on the portfolios submitted by candidates and a practical assessment held at Halliford. Portfolios must demonstrate a high level of personal achievement. The practical assessment will consist of a drawing test from still-life objects and an interview with the Head of Art. All candidates will also be expected to reach an appropriate standard in the entrance examination.

11+/13+ Music Scholarships

Candidates will be required to undergo an audition consisting of two pieces of at least Grade 4 standard in their principal instrument/voice and one piece on an additional instrument/voice. They will also undergo a sight-reading, aural comprehension and theory test set by the Director of Music. All candidates will also be expected to reach an appropriate standard in the entrance examination.



11+/13+ Sports Scholarships

Awards will be made based on evidence of sporting achievement at county level or better and physical tests in agility and co-ordination run by the Director of Sport at Halliford. All candidates will also be expected to reach an appropriate standard in the entrance examination.

Sixth Form

Scholarships are offered in recognition of achievement and potential in Academic excellence, Art, Drama, Music and Sport. They are awarded for the duration of the Sixth Form. Scholarship interviews will take place in the January of Year 11. Internal candidates will receive details automatically in Year 11 and external applicants should contact the Registrar directly before applying. For more information and to apply for a Sixth Form Scholarship, please click here.


Halliford School is a charitable educational foundation committed to providing the widest possible access, regardless of income, to students from all social, religious and ethnic backgrounds. As part of its efforts to fulfil this remit, the School offers financial assistance through bursaries for those otherwise unable to take advantage of what the School has to offer.

Bursaries are available for entry at 11+ and into the Sixth Form and may also be awarded to relieve hardship where a student’s education would otherwise be at risk; for example, where a parent is made redundant. Bursaries for entry at 13+ may also be allocated when available. Bursaries are means-tested and, as a result, there is no standard template. The value of the Bursary can be up to 100% of the tuition fees and, once awarded, will be reviewed annually and could be subject to change depending on parents’ financial circumstances. It should be noted that anyone awarded a bursary must also have passed the entrance examination and received a positive recommendation from their previous school.

Bursary Application Deadline

Applicants wishing to apply for assistance must request the relevant forms from the Bursary Department. Please email: or telephone 01932 234923 as early as possible.

We are no longer accepting applications for Year 7 2024, Year 9 2026 or Sixth Form 2024.

For those applying for a bursary for Year 7 2025, Year 9 2027 and Sixth Form 2025, the application form must be with the School by Friday 15th November 2024.

Expectations of Students with Bursaries

All students in receipt of bursaries are expected to work hard at their academic studies, maintain a good standard of behaviour, and take part in the wider life of the School. Their performance is reviewed annually and may affect the bursary offer.

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