Winning a scholarship at Colfe’s is an honour which can also offer a reduction in school fees.

We offer financial assistance in the form of academic merit-based and means-tested scholarships in the senior school. Awards are made at the discretion of the school and the number varies from year to year, in a typical year group we would expect around a quarter of pupils to benefit from some sort of fee assistance. Academic merit-based scholarships offer normally no more than a 50% reduction in fees but a means-tested scholarship could mean a fully funded place.

11+ (Year 7 entry)

Academic: We award academic merit and means-tested scholarships to pupils entering the school at Year 7 who demonstrate exceptional ability in the entrance examination and who we believe will contribute markedly to the life of the school.  If a candidate performs particularly well at interview this is also taken into consideration.

Co-curricular: The importance of the wider curriculum at Colfe’s is reflected in our policy of offering a limited number of scholarships in Music, Sport, Drama and Art. These are awarded after individual auditions and assessment (including interview and reference reviews) and successful pupils will be notified in their offer letters.  More information on the eligibility criteria for these scholarships can be found in our co-curricular subject pages.

Competition for co-curricular scholarships is extremely high and we urge you to carefully consider this before applying for your child.

16+ (Sixth Form entry)

We award academic merit scholarships to pupils joining Colfe’s for the first time in Year 12. Awards are made following the Sixth Form assessment process in the autumn term and are conditional on an agreed performance at GCSE. We have a number of means-tested scholarships (Leathersellers’ Scholarships) which are fully funded by our Governors – the Leathersellers’ Company – for pupils joining Colfe’s from local state schools and who meet the eligibility criteria.

Awards for Music, Sport, Drama and Art may also be available at this stage; they are granted following interviews with the relevant Heads of Department and a member of the Senior Management Team.

Hardship Bursaries

Short-term hardship bursaries may be offered to current pupils whose financial circumstances have changed significantly since they joined the school. Please contact the Bursary for more information.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.