Scholarships reward academic excellence and talent and are awarded at the discretion of the Headmaster. Scholarships are typically for up to 25% fee remission and are normally tenable for the whole of a pupil’s time at the school, subject to satisfactory progress. All scholarship offers are subject to the specific criteria below as well as excellent overall academic ability. In addition to a reference from the pupil’s current school and an interview. Successful candidates will be expected to remain at Saint Nicholas until the conclusion of their GCSE studies.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded based on the results of the school’s assessments.

Drama Scholarships

Drama scholarships are awarded to children who show exceptional promise in drama; such a child may also have taken LAMDA or Speech and Drama Examinations and achieved a Distinction.

Music Scholarships and Awards

Music scholarships are awarded to children who show exceptional musical promise and who are at least Grade 3 on their principal instrument. In addition to fee remission the school provides free music tuition at school with a private teacher. Music Awards provide free music tuition at school with a private teacher. Music Scholarships and Awards are dependent upon full participation in the musical life of the school and priority will be given to those candidates who play an orchestral instrument.

Art & Design Scholarships

These are awarded to pupils who show exceptional promise in one of these subjects. Children must be prepared to present a portfolio or samples of their practical work.

Sport Scholarships

Sport Scholarships are awarded to children who show exceptional promise in at least one sport or are very talented members of a number of school/club/representative teams. Attitude, athletic ability and raw talent are our key factors in selecting a sports scholar at Saint Nicholas school.

Sports Scholars are assessed on designated assessment days. The schedule of the day can be subject to change but typically includes the following:

  • Fitness testing
  • An interview with our Director of Sport, Mr Tucker
  • Presentation on your personal sporting history and background
Saint Nicholas Scholars are expected to be active and positive contributors to the School’s sporting life throughout the year, setting an impeccable example on and off the field of play.

Availability of Awards

The number of awards and scholarships available in any one year will vary according to the scale of each award. Means-tested and scholarship awards may be reduced or withdrawn where a pupil’s progress, attitude or behaviour has been unsatisfactory. Saint Nicholas has a limited endowment fund to support pupils who cannot afford to pay school fees and not all applications will be successful.

Community Award

A Community Award, worth up to 100% of the fees following means-testing, is available to pupils with outstanding overall academic ability. Priority is given to local applicants who require either full or substantial funding in order to take up the offer of a place. Offers are subject to the results of the school’s academic assessments, a reference from the pupil’s current school and interview. In assessing a child’s suitability potential will also be considered as well as actual achievement. Children judged most likely to gain most from the educational provision will be given priority. Each pupil to whom support is offered must, in the opinion of the Headmaster, be likely to make excellent academic progress following admission. Previous school reports will be consulted for evidence of good behaviour.

More information

Please contact Mrs Julie Bradley, Admissions Secretary, on 01279 429910 or by emailing if you have any queries regarding Scholarships or the Community Award.


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