Scholarships and Bursaries - MCS Web Site


We are historically committed to offering places to those most able to benefit from an MCS education, irrespective of financial means, and to rewarding excellence. We are proud of our broad and flexible Scholarship and Bursary provision, which owes much to the support of benefactors and friends of the school. 

MCS assigns a percentage of its annual income to its Scholarship and Bursary scheme, benefiting a large number of children each year.

Please find below a summary of the financial assistance and awards available at each relevant level of entry (11+, 13+ and 16+).

Scholarships

  • Academic Scholarships and Exhibitions are awarded on entry to the School or, internally, in recognition of a pupil’s merit and potential.
  • Music, Art and Sport Scholarships: are available at 13+ and 16+
  • Drama Scholarships: are available at 16+
  • All-Rounder Awards: made to a number of pupils of high academic ability who are likely also to make a substantial contribution to the wider life of the school.
  • Governors’ Presentation Awards are made to a pupil on entering the school in recognition of talent and potential which might develop into the eventual award of a Scholarship or Exhibition.

Levels of awards

  • Scholarships are worth £300 per annum. In addition, Music Scholars will receive free tuition for one instrument from a teacher employed by the school.
  • Exhibitions are worth £200 per annum.
  • An All-Rounder Award is worth £300 per annum.
  • A Governors’ Presentation Award offers a reduction of £500 in the first year of fees.

There is no financial assessment when allocating any of the aforementioned awards.

Honorary Scholarships and Exhibitions

Honorary awards do not carry any less esteem within the school, or to wider communities such as universities, but they do not have a financial value. In certain circumstances these are awarded to existing pupils at 13+ and 16+ who have progressed in the school to such a standard that their achievements merit wider recognition. 

In order to maximise financial efficiency and educational benefit, no pupil may hold more than one Scholarship or Exhibition bringing with it financial recompense: the second and any subsequent award will always be Honorary.

11+ awards

Scholarships, Exhibitions, All-Rounder Awards and Governors’ Presentation Awards are all awarded on the basis of performance in our 11+ entrance examinations. All awards are equally open to external candidates and members of the MCS Junior School, and no application is necessary.

13+ awards

Academic Scholarships

For those educated at Preparatory Schools, these are awarded by competitive examination, taking place in the Hilary term. Application forms are available from the Registrar or can be downloaded on the how to apply page, and must be returned by Friday 11th January 2019.

For applicants from schools in the maintained sector, these are awarded on the basis of our own 13+ entrance examination which takes place in February each year. No application is necessary.

All-Rounder Awards and Governors’ Presentation Awards 

These are also made each year, on the basis of performance in the Common Entrance Pre-test or 13+ entrance examinations.

Art, Music and Sport Scholarships

These become available at 13+ to both external and internal applicants. Application forms are available from the Registrar or can be downloaded on the how to apply page and must be returned to the Registrar by Friday 11th January 2019.

  • In Art, all candidates submit a portfolio, and shortlisted pupils attend a scholarship interview.
  • In Music, all candidates are auditioned and should currently not be of less than Grade VI standard in at least one instrument.
  • In Sport, applicants should be of County standard in at least one sport, and are invited to the school for an assessment day.

It is expected that some of those internally elected to Scholarships at this stage may previously have held All-Rounder or Governors’ Presentation Awards.

16+ awards

External candidates

Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of our standard admissions procedure for Sixth Form applicants. They are conditional on GCSE performance and are awarded at the start of the Michaelmas term in the Lower Sixth.

All-Rounder and Governors’ Presentation Awards and Art, Music and Sport Awards operate exactly as outlined as at 13+, save that in Music awards are sub-divided into Choral, Instrumental and Organ Scholarships. Drama Awards are also offered at 16+.

Further details and application forms are available from the Registrar or can be downloaded on the how to apply page and must be returned to the Registrar by Monday 5th November 2018 for Art, Drama and Sport and by Friday 11th January 2019 for Music.

Internal candidates

Current Fifth Form pupils are recommended for Art, Music and Sport Scholarships by departmental heads at the end of the Trinity term, without any need for application. These awards are honorary and are announced at the start of the Michaelmas term of the Lower Sixth.

Current MCS Fifth Form pupils can apply for Drama Scholarships. See further details and application information on the how to apply page.

Financial Assistance (Bursaries and Hardship Awards)

Bursaries

Bursaries are awarded to new pupils whose parents or guardians are of limited financial means. Bursary awards of up to 100% discount on the tuition fees are available, but they are based on a declaration of income and assets and are subject to annual financial assessment. As a rule, bursary funding is not available to boys outside the senior school.

Parents must apply for a School Governors’ Bursary when they confirm that their son or daughter is to sit the entrance examination: bursaries are then awarded when a place at the school is offered. Where demand exceeds funds, available awards will be made on the basis of the applicant’s performance in the entrance examination.

Further details are available here or from the Bursar

If having read the bursary information document you wish to apply for a bursary, you will need to complete this Means Testing Form in support of your application and return it to the Bursar.

Hardship Awards 

These are given to existing pupils where a change in parents’ or guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.

They are based on a declaration of income and assets and are subject to financial assessment. They are awarded for a short period only and priority will be given to those pupils who are either in their GCSE or A-Level years.

Further details are available here or from the Bursar.

Key dates 2018 - 2019

  • Wednesday 31st October Deadline for registrations for 2019 entry and pre-test for 2021 entry
  • Thursday 1st November Sixth Form interviews begin - November and December from 4.45pm
  • Monday 5th November Application deadline for 16+ Art, Drama and Sport Scholarships
  • Monday 12th November 16+ candidates: A-Level Options Evening
  • Friday 30th November 16+ Art Scholarship portfolios to be submitted by 8.30am
  • Friday 7th December 16+ Art and Drama Scholarship Assessments
  • Friday 7th December 16+ Sports Scholarship Assessments
  • Friday 11th January Applications deadline for Academic, 13+Art and Sport and all Music Scholarships
  • Saturday 19th January 11+ Entrance Examinations and Pre-test for 2021 entry
  • Monday 28th January 13+ Music Scholarship Auditions
  • Tuesday 29th January Pre-test Interviews and 11+ Interviews
  • Wednesday 30th January 11+ Interviews
  • Wednesday 30th January 16+ Music Scholarship Auditions
  • Friday 8th February 13+ Entrance Examinations
  • Tuesday 12th February 13+ interviews
  • Monday 25th February and Tuesday 26th February 13+ Academic Scholarship Examinations
  • Wednesday 6th March 13+ Art Scholarship portfolios to be submitted
  • Friday 15th March 13+ Sports Scholarship Assessments
  • Friday 15th March 13+ Art Scholarship Interviews

Further information, sample papers and enquiries

All enquiries relating to Scholarships and other awards are handled by the Registrar. Application forms and past papers are all available here.

All enquiries relating to Financial Awards are handled by the Bursar. There are also national and local charities who offer financial assistance, and further information is available on these from the Bursar.