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Scholarships and Bursaries

In order to be invited to a scholarship interview pupils must have performed well in the appropriate entrance examination. 

The value of each scholarship is at the discretion of the Headmaster, but the School's awards are generous and the percentage offered is applicable to either day or part and full boarding fees (any further financial assistance may be obtained through means-tested bursary). 

Pupils already attending the School do not need to apply for an award; any suitable candidates will be nominated by the relevant Head of Department for consideration at 13+ or 16+.


Academic Scholarships


After sitting the Junior Entrance Examination in November, those who perform well may be invited back for an interview with the Headmaster and the Head of Academic Scholars to be considered for a scholarship.

Pupils must be recommended by their Preparatory School for scholarships at this level.  The examination is sat before the Common Entrance Examination (CEE) and we are happy to make practice papers available before then.  If a pupil is awarded a scholarship they do not have to sit the CEE.  Similarly, if pupils do well, but are not awarded a scholarship they may be excused the CEE.

The Academic Scholarship Examination comprises test papers in Mathematics, English, Science and either French or Spanish.

Art, Design Technology and Music Scholarships

These are awarded at 11+, 13+ and 16+.  Pupils will be invited to come to Sutton Valence to work with the Head of Art, the Head of Design Technology or the Director of Music.

Sports Scholarships

Available at 11+, 13+ and 16+.  Pupils must be recommended by their current school and be able to demonstrate a record of outstanding ability in team sports, with the potential to represent the county in at least one major sport.

Drama Scholarships

Scholarships are available every year for pupils entering at 11+, 13+ and 16+.  Scholarships are awarded after an audition, interview and presentation of work, which will be prescribed by the Head of Drama.

The Westminster Scholarship

This Scholarship aims to support well-motivated and able pupils who are looking to transfer to Sutton Valence at Sixth Form level.  Pupils who expect to attain a minimum of six GCSE passes at Grade 8 or 9.  The Headmaster determines the value of the scholarship, which is generous and may be applied to day or boarding fees (any further financial assistance may be available through means-tested bursary).  


Further information regarding Scholarships for 2019 is available here

Scholarship application form is available here


Entrance Examinations Dates

Junior Entrance Examination (11+)

Saturday, 16th November 2019

Third Form Entrance Examination (13+)

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

Common Entrance Examinations (13+)

Tuesday, 4th June-Friday, 7th June 2019

Tuesday, 2nd June-Friday, 5th June 2020


Scholarship Dates

Scholarship Assessment Date Closing Date for Applications

Junior Academic Scholarship (11+)

Saturday, 30th November 2019

Friday, 27th September 2019
Senior Academic Scholarship (13+) Monday, 24th February 2020 Friday, 7th February 2020

Sport, Art (11+) *

Friday, 11th October 2019

Friday, 27th September 2019

Drama and Music (11+) *

Saturday, 12th October 2019

Friday, 27th September 2019

Design and Technology (11+) *

Saturday, 12th October 2019

Friday, 27th September 2019

Sport (13+ & 16+)

Friday, 24th January 2020

Friday, 10th January 2020

Art, Drama, Music and Design and Technology (13+ and 16+)

Saturday, 1st February 2020

Friday, 10th January 2020


Candidates can enter a maximum of two non-academic assessments only


HMC Scholarships

Sutton Valence School currently offers one HMC Scholarship every year. For further information please follow the links below:

HMC Projects - The Student Scholarship Scheme



The provision of bursaries widens educational opportunity to children from a greater range of backgrounds, which enriches our community.  As part of the legacy that our founder, William Lambe, worked so hard to achieve, we continue to value the importance of being inclusive and accessible to deserving children in the local area and beyond.

Bursaries are awarded according to financial need at the discretion of the Scholarship and Bursaries Committee, and are reviewed annually.

The Blyth Bursary was established through a generous legacy from an Old Suttonian family and seeks to support a local, talented child whose family’s financial circumstances would, under normal circumstances, preclude them from considering an education at Sutton Valence School; more information can be found here

Forces bursaries are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
Scholarships and Exhibitions are available to candidates entering at 11+, 13+ and 16+ and who will need to be available to come to the School on specific dates for assessment during the academic year prior to entry.   Internal candidates cannot apply but can be recommended by the respective Head of Department.

How do I apply?
All candidates must be registered with the School before requesting a Scholarship Application Form from the School Office.  The completed and signed Application Form must then be returned to the Admissions Office.  Please note the closing dates shown in the table above.

Do I need to speak with my child’s current Headteacher?
We do recommend that applications have the support of your child’s Headteacher or Head of Department.  Just before the assessment date we will write to your child’s school for a reference.

Can my child apply for more than one scholarship?
Candidates can apply for a maximum of two assessments only (excluding academic awards):   Academic (13+ only), Sports, Music, Drama, Art or Design and Technology Scholarship.  Assessments will include a brief interview or meeting with the Headmaster.   Any candidate applying for more than one scholarship may need to return to the School on more than one occasion.   Junior Academic Scholarships may be offered to those pupils who perform well in the Junior Entrance Examination.  These pupils will not have to sit another exam but they will be required for interview.

Is there a fee?
No.  You only need to pay the Registration Fee at the point of initial application to the School.

How much funding will I receive?
Individual subject awards are generous.  The value of each scholarship is at the discretion of the Headmaster with the percentage offered being applicable to either day, full or part boarding fees.  Holders of an Academic Scholarship who also gain an individual subject award may have their total percentage increased to up to twice the value of the individual subject award. Any further financial assistance may be obtained through means-tested bursary.

How long will the awards last?
The awards will last for the duration of the pupil’s time at the School, provided they fulfil the criteria of the award. 

How do I apply for a Bursary?
Forms are available from the Bursar. Candidates must be registered with the School and the application will be considered by the Scholarship and Bursary Committee.

Do you offer Forces' bursaries?
Yes, we do.  Please contact the Admissions Officer, Mrs Kathy Webster.

How long does a Bursary award last?

All bursaries are reviewed annually or before, dependent upon the terms of the award.

For further information and to obtain the necessary application forms, please contact the Bursar on 01622 845201. 

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