Scholarships & Bursaries

West Buckland aims to be as accessible as possible to boys and girls who would benefit from the education and all round academic, cultural, sporting and extra-curricular opportunities.

The Governors of the school recognise that many of its parents have to make significant personal sacrifices to secure their children’s education. School fees are reviewed annually and are set at levels which represent excellent value for money in light of the opportunities provided by the school.

In some instances, fee remission is available to families applying to West Buckland. Our financial awards fall into two categories, scholarships awards and bursaries.


Scholarships are awarded on the basis of excellence in academia. Awards are not means-tested and are open to internal and external candidates.

Each year scholarship awards available across the two year groups – Year 7 and Year 12.

All awards are reviewed annually and are tenable until the end of Year 11 for 11+ awards, or the end of Year 13 for 16+. Pupils awarded a scholarship will be expected to perform strongly in the area of their award and make a significant contribution to the life of the school in general.

Academic Scholarships

11+ Awarded to internal and external students on the results of the entrance assessment into Year 7.

Entrance Assessment 24th November 2018

Deadline for registering Friday 16th November 2018

Entrance Assessment 19th January 2019

Deadline for registering Friday 12th January 2019


Sixth form academic awards are available for internal and external UK candidates based on performance at GCSE, submission of achievement form and interview process. Applicants will be asked to supply a hand-written personal statement, most recent school report and predicted GCSE grades, at the time of application.

Saturday 17th November 2018

Deadline Friday 9th November 2018


We have a flexible entrance policy throughout the year. For more details, please contact our Registrar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01598 760178

16+ Academic Award

The West Buckland Sixth Form Academic Award is open to internal and external candidates.

All students either currently attending West Buckland or joining us from other schools are eligible to apply for a Sixth Form Academic Award.

Entry to the Sixth Form is conditional on acquiring a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade 5 or above on the new 9-1 grading scale.

Sixth Form Academic Awards


All students entering West Buckland’s Sixth Form are eligible to apply for an Academic Award.

Application process

Students who apply for an Academic Award should complete the Achievements Form, which is available here.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9th November 2018.

The application should be supported with a copy of his/her most recent school reports and most recent predicted GCSE grades. In addition, there should be a hand-written covering letter, addressed to the Headmaster, explaining why he/she would like to be considered for an Academic Award.

Interviews for students who are short-listed take place on Saturday 17th November 2018. This comprises of a thirty-minute academic meeting with the Sixth Form Interview Panel and a thirty-minute interview with the Headmaster. 

Structure of the Academic Awards

Academic Scholarship – a title which is awarded for excellence in academic attainment, progress and potential. This will be awarded to a very small group of students. Successful academic scholars will also receive a Headmaster’s Award.

Headmaster’s Award – a financial award granted to students who are performing well academically, have the potential to make further progress and will make a positive contribution to the Sixth Form. The size of the award is at the discretion of the Headmaster.


Students who accept the offer of an Academic Award are expected to maintain an excellent attitude to learning throughout their time in the Sixth Form. This will apply to learning in class, homework set by their teachers, independent learning and a commitment to attend super-curricular events and activities such as lectures, conferences and in-school societies.

Students who accept the offer of an Academic Scholarship are expected to fulfil the above requirements, but there are additional commitments to broader and deeper independent learning and full attendance at events and activities under the direction of the Head of Academic Extension.

If Academic Scholars do not fulfil the expectations outlined above, it is possible that the ‘title’ will be removed, and it will revert to a Headmaster’s Award.

Music Scholarship

Available at 11+ and 16+ to internal and external UK candidates, based on audition and interview. Music Scholars are expected to achieve at least these standards:

  • 11+ principal instrument at Grade 3+, plus second study instrument or the ability to sing;
  • 16+ principal instrument at Grade 6/7+ and a second study instrument at Grade 4+ or a good vocal ability.

The Music Scholarship assessments for September 2019 entry will take place on 22nd January 2019.  Deadline for applications is Friday 4th January 2019.

Download information and application form via the website:

Music Scholarship Information Sheet 2019

Music Scholarship Achievements Form 2019

Sports Scholarship

Available at 11+ and 16+ to internal and external UK candidates, based on assessment and references. Sport Scholars are expected to play a full part of the sporting life of the school, including a commitment to representing the school in at least two major sports teams throughout their time at the school. Loyalty to the school should always take precedence over clubs during term time. Sport Scholars will be role models in both sport and the school community generally.

The Sport Scholarship assessments for September 2019 entry will take place week commencing 21st January 2019. Deadline for applications is Friday 4th January 2019, 5pm.

Download information and application form via the website:

Sport Scholarship Information Sheet 2019

Sport Scholarship Achievements Form 2019

Art Scholarship

Available at 16+ to an outstanding candidate intending to study art at A-level. The position will be one of responsibility and trust and there will be an expectation that an art scholar will lead by example and assist with the showcasing of art at West Buckland.

Candidates will be required to attend a 30-minute interview with the Head of Art and submit a portfolio of work which should be a minimum of ten pieces. This can come in the form of a traditional portfolio or clear digital images. This can include GCSE pieces and/or other pieces of work that support the application.

The Art Scholarship assessment for September 2019 entry will take place on 22nd January 2019.  Deadline for applications is Friday 4th January.

Download information and application form via the website:

Art Scholarship Information Sheet 2019

Art Scholarship Achievements Form 2019

All scholarship awards will usually be made with the expectation that this will be an agreement to facilitate continuity of education through to a 'natural break point' in education after year 11 and year 13.

For all scholarship enquiries, please contact Melanie Tennant, Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Governors are committed to maintaining the breadth of access to West Buckland School by offering to eligible parents/guardians limited means-tested financial support towards the payment of school fees. Fee assistance is limited and will not cover the full cost of tuition fees.

Any award is dependent upon academic performance, commitment to the life of the school, and financial need. Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a reduction on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial needs and any other relevant circumstances of applicants.


Bursaries are considered only after parents have completed a confidential statement of financial circumstances. This must be accompanied by a letter giving supporting information about the family circumstances now as well as some indication of how these circumstances may develop in the future. Details of bursary awards must remain confidential and any breach by parents may lead to withdrawal of any award offered. All bursaries are subject to annual reassessment and families are required to submit a new statement of financial circumstances by 1st May each year. Any applications received after this date cannot be considered for renewal.

Parents are expected to provide supporting documentation on request. Failure to do so or wilful provision of misleading information will result in the withdrawal of a bursary.

HM Forces Discount

We are able to offer Forces Discount to families from HM Forces who qualify for Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). For more details please contact the Registrar Admissions’ Manager.