Welcome to The Arnold Foundation
A very warm welcome to the The Arnold Foundation admissions page.
The Arnold Foundation is a programme unique to Rugby School set up to provide free boarding places to talented children. Our aim is simple - we want to send children from every part of society out to the best universities and then out into a world in which they are outstanding.
Every girl and boy, from whatever life background is welcome to apply for a place at Rugby School, if we can see a determination in them to make the most of their existing talent with the need for a boarding place.
If the talent is there but the means are not, the Arnold Foundation exists to make a boarding education at Rugby School possible.
We accept applications from individuals or from partner organisations. The entry dates for 13+ and 16+ 2019 follow, but please contact Rebecca Witcomb on 01788 556267 or email RW2@rugbyschool.net after this closing date, or if you are interested in 2020 entry.
She will be able to help answer any questions you may have.
FOR ENTRY TO YEAR 9 IN 2019
We encourage partner organisations to identify potential candidates by Friday 24 May 2019. They should aim for parents of candidates to complete our Preliminary Information form and a Registration Form by Friday 28 June 2019. Potential candidates should arrange to visit Rugby School as soon as possible during the summer or autumn term and certainly before Friday 18 October 2019.
Candidates will be invited to return to Rugby School to sit our Entrance tests in English and Mathematics and to meet for an informal chat with a member of the Arnold Foundation interview panel. The entrance tests should be taken by Saturday 9 November at the latest.
Candidates whose applications are being taken forward will be invited for a final, formal interview on Saturday 12 January 2020.
Parents of short-listed candidates will need to complete a Confidential Statement of Financial circumstances form and return it to the Bursary before the final interviews take place.
FOR ENTRY TO YEAR 12 IN 2020
We encourage partner organisations to identify potential candidates by Friday 24 May 2019. They should aim for potential candidates to complete our Preliminary Information form and a Registration Form by Friday 28 June 2019.
Potential candidates should arrange to visit Rugby School on either of the two open days (in June or September) or by personal visit before 20 September 2020.
The closing date for registration and applications for the Arnold Foundation for Rugby School awards is 20 September 2020. Parents of candidates will also need to complete a Confidential Statement of financial circumstances form and return it to the Bursary by this date.
Candidates will be required to take the sixth form entrance examinations and attend interviews on either Tuesday 5 November 2019 or Thursday 5 November 2019 at Rugby School. In exceptional circumstances we can make arrangements for candidates to sit their entrance tests either at their current school or at an agreed testing site.
Candidates whose applications are being taken forward will be invited for a final, formal interview on Saturday 11 January 2020.
Successful candidates will be required to pass our minimum entry qualification at GCSE which will be at least three at grade 7 and another three at grade 6 or above (including English and Mathematics and the subjects to be studied at A Level).
The expectation of Arnold Foundation candidates joining the sixth form at Rugby School is that they will achieve mostly 7s, 8s and 9s in the GCSE examinations.