Supporting Exceptional Girls

The St Helen’s Scholarship programme supports, encourages and develops excellence, whether it be in academic, creative or sporting fields of endeavour.

Each year the school makes available several scholarships and exhibitions to recognise and reward exceptional candidates in academic study, music and sport for Years 11+. For Sixth Form entry, we also offer Scholarships in art, drama and languages.

Students who hold an award are expected to work hard and contribute positively to school life. Many, of course, bring their talents to bear on the wider world as well.

11+ Scholarships


Academic scholarships, worth up to a maximum of 40% of tuition fees, to Senior School, are awarded annually. Scholarship awards are made on the basis of academic ability and are not related to family financial circumstances. All candidates sitting our entrance tests are considered for an academic scholarship and are awarded based on the entrance exam and interview results. There is no additional scholarship application or exam.


At Year 7 entry a Music Scholarship, worth up to a maximum of 30% reduction on tuition fees per annum, plus free tuition on one instrument, is offered to an academically able candidate who is also an accomplished musician.

Candidates for the Music Scholarship should be at, or working towards, a Grade 5 standard or above on one instrument.

Shortlisted Music candidates will be invited to our Music Scholarship assessment which will include performing pieces on their first instrument (which can include voice), performing on a second instrument (where applicable), aural and sight-reading tasks and group musical activities.

Evidence of a solid commitment to extra-curricular music at school is essential. A number of Music Exhibitions (free tuition on one instrument) may also be awarded.


The 11+ Sports Scholarship offers up to a maximum 20% reduction on tuition fees per annum and is available to recognise sporting achievement and potential. Candidates are expected to submit a portfolio of evidence of their sporting successes (all candidates), including a reference from their current Head of PE/Class (external candidates only), and external coach where applicable.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a practical assessment day. Applicants will be tested to assess above-average fitness levels and be given the opportunity to perform in their sport. They will also be interviewed about their sporting interests and ambitions. In order to be considered for this award it is expected that the candidate has strength in a sport that is offered at St Helen’s. Examples of such sports are athletics, netball, swimming, badminton or gymnastics.

For further information on how to apply for a scholarship please contact our Admissions Department at

Sixth Form Scholarships

In addition, we offer the following scholarships for Sixth Form entry.

These scholarships are open to both internal and external applicants to our Sixth Form.

  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Drama Scholarships
  • Music scholarships and exhibitions
  • Languages scholarships
  • Sports scholarships

Further details on Scholarships are available from the Admissions Department at