Up to nine Sixth Form Scholarships are awarded annually to candidates from UK state schools. (Candidates receiving substantial bursarial assistance at UK fee-paying schools with no provision for Years 12 and 13 may also apply).
The scholarships are tenable for two years, during which their holders study three or more subjects to A-level or CIE Pre-U.
If you will be under 17 on 1st September after taking your GCSEs, you are eligible to apply for one of these scholarships; you should be expecting very good grades at GCSE.
There is an open day for prospective candidates and their parents on a Saturday afternoon in mid-October, and you need to submit an application by the first week in December. Reports on current progress and likely GCSE grades will be sought from schools. On the basis of these reports, short-listed candidates will be asked to come to Eton in February (bringing examples of recent work with them) for interviews in their likely A-level or Pre-U subjects, an aptitude test, and a general paper. A confidential medical report will also be required before a candidate can be accepted for interview, which may on occasion include specified medical tests. The scholarships cover the whole or part of the fees and other educational expenses, according to parental needs, including school uniform. Parents are asked to contribute what seems reasonable after an assessment of their financial situation (the parents of all short-listed candidates are asked to complete a confidential form giving details of their financial circumstances).
For exceptional musicians:
Lloyd-Webber Foundation Scholarship: Since 2011 Lord Lloyd-Webber has generously funded a musical scholarship to a sixth form entrant. It is awarded to a candidate of exceptional musical ability who has been educated to date in the UK maintained sector and who is from a family who cannot afford the school fees. The candidate must also be deemed to be up to the academic standard of a Sixth Form Scholar. As a guide, the successful candidate will play an instrument and/or sing to Grade 8 standard, but it is not necessarily expected that the candidate will have taken the exam. The scholarship is additional to the Sixth Form Scholarship scheme but the candidates are assessed from an academic point of view in precisely the same manner.
For anyone with a keen interest in the theatre:
The Michael Meredith Award: Michael was the first Head of English at Eton, where he taught for very many years. He was instrumental in planning the building of the Farrer Theatre. In recognition of the esteem in which Old Etonians hold him, funds have been raised by them to fund in part a Sixth Form Scholarship; this will be awarded to a candidate of exceptional theatrical interest or ability, which is Michael’s wish. The successful candidate could be an excellent actor, director, playwright or technician.
Further information about the scholarship and the open day in October may be obtained from the Admissions Office. The prospectus for 2017 entry can be found on the website from early September 2016. Scholarship applications with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Michael Meredith Drama Award inclusions) will be available to download from early September 2016 until the deadline of 1 December 2016.