Scholarships and bursaries at Queen’s College have the linked roles of encouraging the most talented young people to choose this school and simultaneously helping to ensure that fees are not an overwhelming obstacle to taking up a place at Queen’s.
Scholarships are awarded entirely on performance in the relevant discipline. The best scholars will be offered a discount on fees, irrespective of family means.
Scholarships awarded by Queen's can be "topped up" as an assisted place where family resources would be sufficient to meet the discounted fees. This assistance will be means-tested.
Facts & figures
The total number of scholarships and bursaries, plus the percentage discounts awarded, is at the Headmaster's discretion. The exact numbers will vary from year to year in accordance with a range of factors.
Scholarships may be applied for at three ages; 11+, 13+ and 16+. Dates for exams, tests and auditions will be published at the beginning of each academic year. Further details, including guidance on performance levels required to be eligible for a scholarship are available from the school office.
These are awarded on the basis of performance in entrance tests set by the College, interviews and previous school reports. Scholarships will normally be held throughout the pupils' school career but are subject to annual review against progress and effort. Many Queen's scholars go on to gain places at the most prestigious universities in the UK and overseas.
Scholarships in art will be granted on the basis of the pupil's portfolio of work and an interview with the Head of Art. Queen's is a leading centre for the visual arts in Somerset and hosts the Quartz Festival exhibitions of paintings and sculpture every autumn. Many art scholars from the school have gone on to study at major art colleges and pursue careers in fine art or graphic design
Queen's music scholars contribute immeasurably to the life of the school via their leading roles in our orchestras, bands and choirs. Many also play in ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra and the County Orchestra. All school groups make frequent visits to play and sing in Somerset and beyond. An organ scholarship is available, usually at Sixth Form level, but younger pupils may also apply.
Performing Arts Scholarships
Young people with a particular interest in drama, dance or the technical aspects of performance are invited to apply for performing arts scholarships. Queen's has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its productions and scholars are generally at the heart of these shows. Most years see a student go on to study at a major school such as the Guildhall or Bristol Old Vic.
Queen's College sportsmen and women have many proud achievements ranging from Commonwealth gold medals to international and national honours. Young people with a particular talent and commitment to any of our major sports; rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, tennis, athletics and swimming are invited to attend trials for a scholarship at any one of the three age bands.
Pupils who demonstrate a high level of ability in a wide range of academic and non-academic areas, yet fall short of a specific scholarship level, will be eligible for an all-rounder award. Like all scholarships it may be "topped-up" with a bursary.
Sixth Form Scholarships
Students entering the Sixth Form are eligible for a personal award of up to £500 based on their GCSE performance. The money may be spent on any project that would enhance a student's CV. Previous students have chosen things ranging from driving lessons to foreign study trips.
Expectations for Scholars
Further details of the approximate level required to be eligible for an award in the various categories and the procedure for applying for a scholarship are available from the school office.
Terms & Conditions
All awards will be monitored for appropriate performance and effort. There will be a major review of the scholarship at the end of the GCSE year. Scholars would normally be expected to remain at Queen's College for the Sixth Form.