Help with fees – bursaries and scholarships

Alongside all of the GDST schools, we believe that our quality education should be accessible to bright talented girls from all backgrounds, whatever their financial circumstances.

That’s why we offer a range of bursaries and scholarships to provide financial assistance and exclusive opportunites to bright girls who we know would thrive with an NGHS education.

Bursaries – how to apply

Bursaries are awarded based on both academic ability and a family’s income and financial resources.


Step 1 – Complete NGHS application form

Please complete the application form to apply for a place at NGHS and indicate that you wish to apply for a bursary.


Step 2 – Complete GDST bursary application form

After you’ve applied for a place at NGHS, we’ll email you a link to the GDST bursary application form where you’ll be asked to declare your income and financial assets.


Step 3 – Assessing your financial eligibility

The GDST will assess your eligibility for a bursary, let us know whether you qualify and confirm the maximum amount of financial assistance we can offer you.


Step 4 – Academic assessment

Year 7: There are no additional assessments to the standard NGHS application assessments. These include an entrance examination and references from girls’ current schools.

Year 12: Offers of bursaries will only be made after the release of GCSE results in August. If you are interested in a bursary, please contact the school before applying for a place.


Step 5 – Confirmation of award

Year 7: If you are eligible and your daughter has performed exceptionally well in our entrance assessment process, we will offer your daughter a bursary at the same time as offering your daughter a place at NGHS. At this point we will also confirm the level of financial assistance we will be able to offer you.


Bursary FAQs

  • What is a bursary?

    A bursary is a means tested form of financial assistance which enables girls who are exceptionally bright to access an education here at NGHS.  The value of a bursary is related to the income and financial resources of a family.

  • How much is a bursary worth?

    Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of the fees. The awards are reassessed each year to confirm continued eligibility.

  • Who is eligible for a bursary?

    We offer bursaries to girls currently in Year 6 who are applying to join our Year 7, and girls currently in Year 11 who are applying to join our Year 12.

    Eligibility is assessed based on a family’s income and financial resources.

  • Who do we offer bursaries to?

    We offer bursaries to girls who are eligible and who also perform exceptionally well during our academic assessments.

  • What do the academic assessments involve?

    Year 7:  The results of the entrance examination and assessment process are taken into consideration when awards are made.

    Year 12: Offers of bursaries will only be made after the release of GCSE results in August. If you are interested in a bursary, please contact the school before applying for a place.


We offer a range of scholarships to recognise pupils’ outstanding abilities across a range of achievements, including academic ability, performing arts and sport.


Year 7 Academic scholarship programme

Available to girls joining Year 7, these awards recognise outstanding academic ability and potential.  A further scholarship is also available for girls joining Year 7 from NGHS Junior School.

Academic scholarships have traditionally been awarded based on academic ability and performance during entrance assessments. They are generally to the value of 5 – 10% of the fees for the duration of a girl’s time at the school,  and can be supplemented by a bursary.

While the fee discounts will still be awarded to recognise outstanding academic achievement, from September, academic scholars will also enjoy exclusive opportunities during their time at NGHS. They will be invited to take part in activities to further develop their leadership skills, such as presenting at school assemblies and mentoring Junior School pupils. Scholars will also attend regular meetings with the Head, Julie Keller, and we will celebrate their achievements and membership of the scholarship programme throughout school.

Performing Arts scholarships

Introduced in 2017 to mark the opening of our new Performing Arts Centre, these awards are available to girls joining Year 7 and offer a 10% reduction in tuition fees.

Music scholarships

Girls joining Year 7 are invited to apply for one of the Key Stage 3 Music Scholarships, which offer free music tuition for three years.

Sports scholarships

Girls joining Year 7 are eligible to apply for this award which is worth 10% of the fees. We look for great potential across a range of sporting activities as well as exceptional talent in one particular sport.

Sixth Form Scholarships

Sixth Form scholarships, which recognise outstanding academic ability and potential, are available to girls joining Year 12 and are awarded following confirmation of girls’ GCSE results.

How to apply for a scholarship

Step 1 – complete an NGHS application form

The NGHS application form can be completed hereWe will contact you to invite you to apply for any of the scholarships you would like to. *All applications and auditions for 2023 scholarships are now closed*

Step 2 – scholarship assessments

Year 7 academic scholarships are awarded automatically based on the results of the entrance assessments.

Performing Arts scholarships are awarded to girls based on their performance at an audition held at the school. We will observe their ability in singing, drama, movement and dance. We are looking for all-round performers who are passionate about performing arts.

Deadline for application : Monday 6 November 2023
Audition : Monday 13 November 2023

For KS3 Music Scholarships, we invite girls to attend an audition at which we assess their musical talent.

Deadline for application : Tuesday 14 November 2023
Audition : Tuesday 21 November 2023

Sports scholarships are awarded based on a practical assessment here at school and written recommendation from a sports coach, team manager or external club teacher.

Deadline for application : Thursday 9 November 2023
Assessment : Thursday 16 November 2023

Sixth Form scholarships – these are awarded automatically based on GCSE exam results.

Step 3 – offer of awards

We will offer scholarship awards at the same time as offering your daughter a place at NGHS shortly after the entrance assessments have been completed.

For Year 12, we will offer the awards once GCSE results have been received.

Find out more today

Please get in touch with Sue or Katie for further information – or 0115 935 4444