Scholarships at Caterham not only recognise ability and potential but, vitally, nurture and accelerate talent.  

The breadth and depth of the awards can vary each year depending on the number of applicants and their standard. All 11+ and 13+ day pupil candidates are automatically considered for Academic Scholarships but specific application forms are required for other scholarships.

  • Scholarships are available to registered candidates and are all based on assessment. In the event of there being no outstanding candidates for a particular award the money may be allocated to another category.
  • The awards are made without regard to parental income and are usually worth a percentage of the school fees but may also be a fixed amount. The scholarship will remain throughout a pupil’s school career provided they maintain the expected standards (detailed in the Terms and Conditions of Award).
  • Candidates in receipt of a specific scholarship award, e.g. Art & Design, Chess, Drama, Innovation, Music, Performing Arts, Science (16+ only) and Sport must play an active part in these areas throughout their school life.
  • The award of a Scholarship not only brings with it financial reward and affirmation of great ability, it also provides an exciting framework and pathway for our scholars to pursue their passions, develop their skills and talents and to be instrumental in leading the development of a culture of ambition across the School.
  • All our scholarships have bespoke scholarship programmes to nurture and develop our scholars and we are very proud of the success these programmes have had in stretching and challenging our scholars throughout their time at Caterham – many of our scholars will go on to perform at elite levels and make ambitious and successful applications to the best courses after Caterham.
  • Even if a bursary is awarded as a percentage of the annual fee, a scholarship may also be given.

Please note that the closing date for Scholarship applications (2022 entry) has now passed and we are not able to receive late scholarship applications.  

Academic Scholarships

All registered candidates for the 11+ and 13+ examinations are automatically considered for an academic scholarship based on performance in the examinations and interviews. 13+ Deferred Entry candidates will be considered for an academic scholarship during Year 8. The awards can represent up to 50 per cent of the fees in exceptional circumstances, but most awards will be lower than this.

Sixth Form Academic Scholarships are available to all external candidates for Sixth Form. Candidates are required to attend the Information and Interview Evening. Scholarships are awarded based on performance on this day and predicted GCSE grades.

Sixth Form Science Scholarship

These are awarded at 16+ and typically represent up to 10 per cent of the fees but in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Headmaster, can be up to 25 per cent.

Candidates are expected to show exceptional promise in at least two subjects (chosen from Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Maths) and have an established record of achievement in the subjects at their current school. 

Science Scholars are expected to be fully committed to the School’s curricular and co-curricular science activities.

The Maddock Exhibition (Sixth Form)

The Maddock Exhibition is awarded to girls coming into the Sixth Form to study science at A Level. The exhibition can be awarded up to the value of £1000 for the first year of a pupil’s A Level course.

As a guide, candidates should be confident of achieving grades 8/9 (previously A*and A grades) in their science GCSE examinations and of making a valuable contribution to life in the Sixth Form.

As a guide, qualification for the Sixth Form entry is 44 points or equivalent (an 8 is 8 points; and A* is also 8 points), from the best six GCSE/IGCSE subjects.  Additionally there are specific entry requirements for each A Level subject.  Candidates also need to show that they would make a valuable contribution to life in the Sixth Form.

Expectations of Scholarship Holders

A pupil in receipt of a Scholarship, Exhibition or Award is required to work hard, to contribute positively to the life of the School, to be a credit to the School and to set a good example to other pupils.

Further information on the different scholarships can be found clicking the links to the specific scholarships on this page.  Please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team if you have any questions – please contact the Registrar, Mrs Alison Jones, tel: 01883 335058 email: [email protected]

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