Scholarships and Bursary Awards: Information for External Candidates

Download a pdf file of the Scholarship Prospectus for 2018 entry

At 11+

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Choral (for first-study singers)
  • Drama
  • Music (for first-study instrumentalists)
  • Sport

Candidates shortlisted at Entrance Day for the Academic Scholarship will sit papers in English and Mathematics in the January of the year of entry.  These examinations are sat at St Mary’s Calne.

The Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship Auditions and Assessments take place in the December of Year 6 and are conditional on good performance at either Common Entrance or St Mary’s own entrance examinations in January.  Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates may additionally choose to sit the Academic Scholarship papers if they wish to be considered for an academic award as well. 

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, Academic Exhibitions may be offered to candidates showing considerable promise in a single subject or group of subjects.

For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Admissions Department.

 

At 13+

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Bodinnar All-Rounder
  • Art
  • Choral (for first-study singers)
  • Drama
  • Music (for first-study instrumentalists)
  • Sport

Candidates shortlisted at Entrance Day for the Academic or Bodinnar Scholarship will need to be registered with the ISEB by St Mary's Calne and will sit the Common Academic Scholarship examinations in February of the year of entry.  The closing date for registering candidates for these examinations is 1st February and the registration fee is £115.

The ‘Bodinnar’ All-Rounder Scholarship will be awarded to a girl who excels both academically and in two or more disciplines selected from Art, Drama, Music and Sport.  The ISEB Common Academic Scholarship papers will be sat and candidates will need to be registered with the ISEB by St Mary's Calne by 1st February and the registration fee is £115.

The Assessment Day for Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships takes place in the February of the year of entry and scholarships will be offered by the end of the Spring Term.  All Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships are conditional on good performance in either Common Entrance in June or St Mary’s own entrance examinations in February.  Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates may alternatively choose to sit the ISEB Common Academic Scholarship papers if they also wish to be considered for an Academic Scholarship. 

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, Academic Exhibitions may be offered to candidates showing outstanding ability in a single subject.

For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Admissions Department.

Value of Awards

Academic Scholarships are awarded up to 40% of a scholar’s boarding or day fees, as applicable.  To be able to allocate funds to those girls who would most benefit from them financially, only a proportion of the percentage offered - 5% - is awarded automatically.  The remaining 35% - or a proportion thereof – is allocated, subject to a means test, at the Governors’ discretion.  This process remains entirely confidential and parents may request the relevant forms when the scholarship has been award. 

Academic Exhibitions for excellent performances in one or more subjects may be awarded up to 10% of a scholar’s boarding or day fees, as applicable.  Only 5% will be awarded automatically, the remainder being subject to a means test at the Governors’ discretion.

Music Scholars will be offered free tuition in two instruments; Choral Scholars will be offered free vocal tuition.  Drama Scholars will be awarded up to two free LAMDA lessons per week.  Art and Sports Scholarships are honorary awards, for which the recipient will receive £1,000 per annum towards resources relevant to their award. 

All awards are retained to the end of Sixth Form and are reviewed at regular intervals.  Candidates who are successful in gaining an award, but require greater remission in fees in order to be able to take up their place may apply for a means-tested Bursary.  Forms are available from the Admissions Department and should be returned to the Bursar. 

 

Sixth Form

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Choral (for first-study singers)
  • Drama
  • Music (for first-study instrumentalists)
  • Sport

Academic Scholarships will be awarded to talented pupils in their final GCSE year for the duration of the Sixth Form.   Examinations for external candidates and practical assessments for the candidates will take place in November each year.

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, up to two Exhibitions will also be offered.

Foundation Scholarships

One Foundation Scholarship is available annually at 11+ and one at Sixth Form to particularly gifted and talented pupils from the state education sector who, for reasons of financial restriction, might otherwise be prevented from applying to the school.  All Foundation Scholarships are retained to the end of the Sixth Form.  The Scholarships are means-tested and could reduce the Day fees by up to 100%. 

At 11+, the Scholarships are granted solely on merit as the result of competitive examination and require the support of a candidate’s Head Teacher.  Candidates sit examinations in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning and, in addition, are interviewed by a member of teaching staff and the Headmistress. 

At Sixth Form, Scholarships are made subject to academic record, interview, reference and personal statement.  Although they are not exam based, work relevant to the subjects proposed for A Level study must be submitted with the application form. 

All Foundation Scholarships share the same application process.  Applicants should register interest in the Scholarships in September of the year preceding entry.  An Information Evening is held in late September which includes a tour of the school. 

The closing date for applications for the 2018 awards is 1st October 2017. 
Sixth Form Foundation Award Interviews take place on Friday 20th October 2017 for 2018 entry.
11+ Foundation Award Examinations take place on Friday 3rd November 2017 for 2018 entry.

CGA Bursaries

Bursaries for the daughters of Old Girls may be available from the Calne Foundation Trust Bursary Fund.   The  bursaries are means tested and, once awarded, provide a discount to the termly fees.  Bursaries are reviewed annually to confirm that the parents' financial situation is unchanged. 

 

HM Forces Discount

For members of the permanent Armed Forces (or reservists on full-time duties, for the duration of those duties) a means-tested discount up to 20% is offered.  Please contact the Admissions Department for more information.