Bursaries & Scholarships

Means-tested bursaries are awarded on entry to the Senior School. These are awarded from our limited bursary fund based on financial need but also taking into account what the individual child may be able to offer the School. Usually academic potential, sporting prowess or musical talent are required to support the bursary application.

Once awarded, a bursary will usually continue until either the completion of Year 11 or the Upper Sixth assuming no change in financial circumstances and satisfactory progress is made by the pupil.

In addition, a small number of means-tested Sixth Form Scholarships  are available to external candidates. These are aimed at pupils currently in state education who would benefit from joining us at Pitsford. Up to four scholarships are available for talented individuals wishing to join our Sixth Form. Preference will be given to those who need most financial assistance. As a rule of thumb, applicants would fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

  • Likely to achieve at least an average of seven grade 6s in all GCSE examinations.
  • Grade 8 in a musical instrument/voice.
  • Regional representative standard in sport.

Value: Means tested up to 100% of tuition fees, excluding lunches and extras.

The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship

This scholarship was instituted to commemorate Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s association with Pitsford School. This scholarship will be awarded annually to one pupil in the School, from Year 7 to Year 13, who would not otherwise be able to afford private education.

Value: Up to 100% of tuition fees, excluding lunches and extras.

Keith Duckworth Scholarships

There are two Keith Duckworth Sixth Form scholarships at the School. These scholarships celebrate the life and work of Keith Duckworth, co-founder of Cosworth Engineering, who died in December 2005. Funded up to 100% by an endowment made by Mr Duckworth’s family, it is open to pupils from families of modest means who would not otherwise be able to attend an independent school.

Value: Means tested up to 100% of tuition fees, excluding lunches and extras.

If the acceptance of an offer is dependent on financial assistance, please notify the registrar when returning your registration form or within the 14 day offer period.


There are limited scholarships for outstanding pupils who show a particular flair for Music, Art, Drama or Sport. Typically we would expect Sports Candidates to be County level or above.  Art students will be asked to provide a portfolio and Music students will be invited to attend an audition based on their application.  References will also be needed from current schools. For further details please contact registrar@pitsfordschool.com