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Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to candidates who show outstanding talent, based on ability and potential.

Scholarships are awarded to candidates who show outstanding talent, based on ability and potential. They carry an annual monetary ward of £1000 deducted from tuition fees.

The scholarship remains with a pupil throughout their school career but are subject to annual review by the Director of Scholars. Scholars must continue to show outstanding progress and play an active part in the area of their scholarship throughout their school life to retain the award. Those in receipt of Art, DT, Drama and Music awards are expected to continue their studies in those disciplines to GCSE.

Academic Scholarships:

King’s Scholarships are available for candidates at 11+ and 13+ entering Year 7 and 9.  At 11+ scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance examinations. At 13+ there is a separate scholarship examination in English and mathematics, followed by an interview. This is offered to candidates who perform well in the 13+ entrance examination.

Burkitt Scholarships are available for candidates at 16+ entering Year 12. Candidates must sit tests in English, mathematics and critical thinking and attend an interview. Awards are made provisionally and are subject to the candidate achieving outstanding results at GCSE [or equivalent] of typically 4 A*/4 A or above. Unlike King’s Scholarships, Burkitt awards are not a fixed amount but are funded by the Burkitt Trust and range typically between £1000 and £2000 per annum. Burkitt scholars are also eligible for support worth up to £1000 per annum if successful in gaining entry to either Oxford or Cambridge Universities.

Peter Lee Scholarships are available for candidates at 16+ entering Year 12 but are ONLY available for academically and musically elite pupils of Chinese ancestry. Up to 100% funding is available for the top performing candidate. Bursary awards, up to the value of 30% reduction in fees, may also be offered to top performing candidates achieving outstanding results in the examination. A GCSE tariff of 6 A* and A grades is set as a condition of the award. Candidates NOT following this curriculum must be able to offer an equivalent qualification(s). Elite musical talent must be demonstrated with a minimum of Grade 7 on their principal instrument with preferably a Merit or Distinction level. Ability on a second instrument is desirable but not essential. 

Other Scholarships & Awards:

In addition to Academic Scholarships we also offer a limited number of awards at 11+, 13+ and 16+ in a range of other disciplines:

  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sports

All these prestigious awards carry a fixed monetary value of £1000 per annum off tuition fees. In addition Music Scholarships offer free music tuition on two instruments (voice included). Pupils in receipt of Art, Design Technology, Drama and Music awards are expected to continue their studies in those disciplines to GCSE, and in sport to play an active role in the school’s games programmes and fixture list. Those not continuing study to A Level must continue to offer a role in the life of the school in that discipline. Each discipline will have a set of expectations which each scholar is required to fulfil which will form part of the annual review process.

For admissions and scholarship information please contact our Admissions Office on 0191 386 4783 or admissions@durhamschool.co.uk

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