Through the Bishop's Stortford College scholarship programme, we aim to foster and celebrate excellence. Scholarships are awarded to candidates who show outstanding talent, based on ability and potential.

Scholarship Awards

  • 10+/Year 6 entry - Academic and Music
  • 11+/Year 7 entry - Academic, Music, Art and Sport
  • 13+/Year 9 - Academic, Music, Art and Sport
  • 16+/Sixth Form entry - Academic, Music, Art and Sport

Age categories for candidates

    Year Group Age*
10+ Form 2 Year 6 10 years
11+ Lower Third Year 7 11 years
13+ Fourth Form Year 9 13 years
16+ Lower Sixth Year 12 16 years

*Age on 1st September of the year of entry 

A note about Financial Assistance Awards

A College Scholarship is entirely related to a child’s ability and potential. If there is concern about affording the fees, then families are encouraged to apply for a means-tested Financial Assistance Award (traditionally known as a Bursary). The scholarship and the financial assistance award applications are considered separately. The need for financial assistance does not determine the level of discount offered with a scholarship award.

Applications for Scholarships and/or Financial Assistance must be submitted with the main College Application Form.

13+ and 16+ Sport Scholarship Information

Sport scholarships are awarded on entry to the Fourth Form (Year 9) and Lower Sixth Form (Year 12) to attract or retain outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen who will contribute to raising the standard and profile of College sport through an exceptional level of sporting performance and by providing excellent role models.


Sports scholarships will be awarded to those who will bring distinction to the College through sport in terms of their performance, attitude and conduct.

They will be expected to:

  • Excel in at least one of the school’s core sports (Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket or Swimming.)
  • Possess significant future potential.
  • Demonstrate impressive personal qualities and sporting leadership.
  • Achieve the required academic standard for the College and optimise their academic potential.


Candidates are invited to complete the application form and return it to Mrs Marie-Louise Gough, Senior School Admissions Officer, together with references from your Head of Sport and at least one specialist coach. The deadline for applications is 31st October (16+) and 30th November (13+).


Applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day on Friday 16th November (16+) and Friday 25th January (13+) which will involve:

  • Physical ability and fitness tests.
  • Sport specific practical assessments.
  • An interview with the Director of Sport and Head of Sport.


Scholarship offers will be made during the week commencing 3rd December (16+) and by 15th February (13+).

Lyndsay Shepherd, Director of Sport

Tel: 01279 838616

Recommended Level of Performance for Scholarship Application at 13+ and 16+

Candidates will be expected to have reached the following standard or equivalent level of performance:

Rugby  13+  County/Regional Academy   
  16+  Divisional Level
Hockey 13+  JRPC Tier 1 
  16+ JRPC Tier 2 (HiPAC/ Futures Cup)
Netball 13+ Satellite Academy
  16+ County Academy
Cricket 13+ County Level   
  16+ Regional Level
Swimming 13+ County Level 
  16+ Regional Level





13+ and 16+ Art & Music Scholarship Information

Art and Music scholarships are awarded on entry to the Fourth Form (Year 9) and Lower Sixth Form (Year 12).

13+ Art and Music scholarship assessments will take place on Tuesday 29th January 2019.

16+ Art scholarship assessments will take place on Friday 16th November 2018.

16+ Music scholarship assessments will take place on Saturday 17th November 2018.

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