Scholarships & Bursaries

Sheffield High School is part of the largest group of independent girls’ schools in the UK, the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST).  As a charity, the GDST aims to seek out the brightest, most deserving girls for bursaries and scholarships so that the largest possible number of talented girls can benefit from a GDST education.

In particular, it aims as far possible to focus its support on girls for whom the chance of a GDST education would be a transformative, life-changing prospect. 

If your daughter would benefit from the educational experience which Sheffield High School is able to offer, but your family is not in a position to cover the full fees, you may be eligible for a GDST bursary or scholarship.

What’s the difference between a Bursary and a Scholarship?

The key difference is that a bursary is means-tested and a scholarship isn’t.  The GDST offers bursaries so that a GDST education is accessible to the best and the brightest girls, including those who are not in a position to pay full fees.

Bursaries are usually awarded to pupils in the top 30% of performance in the entrance examinations. All bursaries are means-tested and their value is related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family. Bursaries can range from 30% up to a maximum of the full published fees.

Most bursaries will be awarded to students from families with a total income of less than £40,000 per year and with no capital assets other than their home. We aim to assist as many families who qualify for bursaries as possible; however, given the demand, we are not usually able to offer support to all those who qualify. Please be aware that should you choose to accept a full fee paying place you would not be eligible to apply for a bursary in subsequent years unless there was a significant and unforeseen change to your financial circumstances from the time your daughter first joins the school.

Scholarships are awarded on merit, irrespective of financial means. Offers are made based upon performance in the entrance examinations or audition for Year 7, or in the case of Sixth Form scholarships for outstanding ability demonstrated in individual subjects and disciplines. A Scholarship can be combined with a bursary where there is financial need.

Music, Performing Arts and Sport Scholarships are available for entry into Year 7 and Sixth Form and information about these scholarships will be sent out to interested applicants. Please tick the relevant box on the registration form.

How does the Bursary and Scholarship scheme work?

Scholarships and bursaries are available at Trust schools on the following basis –

· They are only awarded to girls aged 11 or over to help finance their secondary education. Most scholarships and bursaries are awarded during the year before entering Year 7 or on direct entry into the Sixth Form. Each school has a cash-limited budget each year and so inevitably awards cannot be made to all those who qualify on academic grounds

· Bursaries are only normally made available to girls whose parents have been resident in the EU for the two years prior to a bursary application being made

· Post-entry bursaries can be awarded to girls whose families suffer unexpected financial difficulties, and are no longer able to pay the fees in full. These bursaries are designed to avoid a girl’s education being interrupted at a critical stage and, wherever possible, are awarded so that the pupil can complete that particular phase of study

· Scholarships and bursaries may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Headmistress, in the event of unsatisfactory work or conduct. This action will only occur as the culmination of a process of communication and guidance between the school and home

What do you need to do next if you wish to apply for a bursary?

Indicate on the registration form that you wish to apply for financial support. Once the application has been received you will be sent login details to enable you to access the online bursary application. If you need help in completing the form, please contact Miss L Froggatt, Registrar at the School on 0114 358 7602, or the Main GDST Bursary Department on 0207 393 6666, who will be happy to assist you.


Sibling Discounts

Discounts are offered to parents with three or more children at the school at any one time at the rate of 20% off the third and any subsequent child. The discounts will be applied to the youngest child/children and will remain for the duration of the child's time in the school.  Please contact us to discuss.

Fees paid in advance

A reduction of 0.5% is payable if all fees are paid annually in advance.

For parents wishing to pay advance fees of more than one year, three different payment plans are available. Please contact the GDST fees department for more details.

Many of the GDST’s bursaries and scholarships are funded via charitable partnerships and by donations and legacies from former pupils, their parents and other friends.

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