Scholarships & Bursaries
The value of a Scholarship or a Foundation Award is a fee concession of 5 per cent which parents or legal guardians of the awardee may elect to accept. More than one Scholarship can be awarded to a candidate although the total fee reduction available is limited to 5 per cent.
The level of fee concession provided can be augmented by bursary support up to 100 per cent of the boarding or day fees subject to means assessment. To access bursary support a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances must be completed and should be submitted to the Bursar before the closing date for applications. Completed bursary applications received after the closing date will not be assessed until after the result of a scholarship application is known and any bursary award may not then be offered at the time of joining the School. We are not able to provide an indication of the amount of financial assistance that may be available until the Registration Form has been completed and returned to the Admissions Office, together with payment of the Registration Fee. Bursary application forms are obtainable from The Bursary, Rugby School, 10 Little Church Street, Rugby, CV21 3AW (telephone 01788 556 260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additionally, at the Head Master’s discretion, exceptional awards with a fee concession which may be greater than 5 per cent can be made where, during the assessment process, we identify exceptional potential.
Achieving an Academic Scholarship is the beginning of a stimulating journey through Rugby School. Not only do we keep our Scholars on their toes within the classroom, we have a programme of events throughout the year with the specific aim to stretch and challenge. These include the Head Master’s Lecture Series, an annual trip to London, Scholars’ Question Time, the Academic Conference and a popular Scholars’ dinner and quiz.
In addition, a member of the teaching staff has responsibility for each year group. Year 9 Scholars meet every week to deliver talks and lead discussions on topics as diverse as tea and grime music. Members of the Academic Levee run a book group for Year 10 scholars, who also attend debates and Scholars’ tea parties in the Science laboratories. Our Year 11 Scholars invite teachers to lead seminars on a wide range of subjects, such as conceptual art and animal intelligence, and Sixth Form Scholars are members of the Hall Society, which meets each half term to debate topical issues. With Year 9 and 10 trips to Oxford and Cambridge, we encourage our most able students to aim high from the start and, as a result, they are responsible for raising the academic bar for the whole School community.
The Academic Scholars are our busiest students. They thrive on asking questions as well as answering them and are willing to try their hand at something new, even if they risk failure. They look up and beyond the curriculum, grabbing the many opportunities available to them here at Rugby School and running with them.
We now offer Day Scholarships, awarded for academic merit, aimed at children attending local schools who are studying the National Curriculum.
Music at Rugby is exceptional. This is in no small part due to the talent, commitment and discipline of our Music Scholars. Their concert performances showcase the very best of music at the School, while their rigorous approach to practice demonstrates the hard work and dedication that is required to become a leading musician. We expect our Music Scholars to make a meaningful contribution, supporting other members of the School in their own
music making but also using their talents to contribute to the department’s programme of performing to the local community.
Using facilities unrivalled by any school of this type, Music Scholars are coached by a large team of inspirational specialists, many of whom enjoy an international reputation. Scholars have the opportunity to listen to, play alongside and take part in master classes with top professional musicians on a regular basis. They follow a personalised programme which includes mentoring by members of the Music Department, regular outings and talks, workshops in leadership skills through music and, importantly, free music lessons.
Extended and refurbished in 2011, the Music Schools include more than 40 teaching/practice rooms, a large
dedicated classroom, two technology classrooms, a recording studio, a seminar room and a small concert hall. We also have a beautiful Edwardian concert hall, seating 800, which has two high-quality grand pianos and an historical three-manual 19th century organ by Bryceson. Music Scholars enjoy the experience of performing to packed audiences in these wonderful venues, such as the annual Concerto concert, along with a professional orchestra.
Our School Chapel, one of William Butterfield’s masterpieces, which seats more than 1000, has an award-winning four-manual organ, while the Memorial Chapel, with its Harrison organ, provides an intimate space for chamber music and special liturgical events. Old Big School, an atmospheric classroom dating back to the 1800s, is a frequently used venue for chamber music and the lively Blue Note Society.
Our musicians have access to four fine pipe organs, several grand pianos, including a Bosendorfer and three
Steinways, as well as a full range of percussion instruments and a number of orchestral instruments.
Art Scholars are at the heart of the cultural life of the School. Their creativity, imagination and proficiency influence and inspire the whole School community. Their regular displays of work in the Design Centre and Lewis Gallery attract interest, admiration, debate and discussion.
We expect our Art Scholars to immerse themselves in their subject not just in lessons but through the wide range of activities we provide, and by spending much of their free time in the Design Centre. They have access to a diverse and exciting range of processes and media, from drawing, painting and printmaking, to sculpture, ceramics, digital media and textiles. Each of these areas is staffed by an experienced and talented group of teachers and technicians, many of whom are highly regarded artists.
Our community of Art Scholars is based in the purpose-built Design Centre, where our light and airy studios provide an inspiring environment where talent is supported and developed. The success of the Art Scholars’ programme is reflected by the large number of pupils whose passion and enthusiasm are nurtured to such an extent that they pursue further study and careers in Art after they leave Rugby.
Creative thinking, experimentation and independent learning are an integral part of this life-enhancing subject. Along with the study of art and culture, from antiquity to the modern day, pupils’ technique and skill base are encouraged by regular visits to museums and galleries across the UK, Europe and New York, and from attending talks by visiting artists across a range of media.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS
Design and Technology Scholars have genuine passion for the creative process, spending as much time in the Design Centre as possible, both for their own interests and to encourage others. They have an interest in the design and development of products, use the most up-to-date technologies available but are also aware of traditional methodology. They are inquisitive, enjoy analysing situations and relish solving practical problems. They are risktakers, appreciating that often the best way of learning is by making mistakes. They are hungry to learn about new ideas and processes.
Scholars are supported by a team of teachers and technicians whose wide experience spans engineering and product design, from jewellery to CAD.
Our facilities include well-equipped workshops with a large range of manufacturing equipment from traditional hand tools to CAM facilities, including laser cutters, a CNC router and 3D printing machines. This range of processing ability allows pupils to create products from most materials and to develop a range of manufacturing skills. The classrooms are equipped for drawing, modelling and investigating, complemented by PCs linked to a range of CAD software and associated ICT peripherals.
The weekly Design and Technology Scholars’ society, frequent museum and gallery trips, the biennial trip to New York and regular visits by guest speakers all act as excellent sources of inspiration. Regular design challenges and the annual speaking competition DEScriptor, when Scholars talk about an artefact or
product, present meaningful opportunities to demonstrate their appetite for the subject.
We value Design Scholars within our faculty where students are achieving top grades with an increasing number choosing design-based university courses.
Rugby School is synonymous with sporting excellence and Sports Scholars play an important part in ensuring our continued success. Our Scholars are talented and determined young men and women who relish the challenge of competing at the highest levels of school sport. We expect them to lead by example, both on and off the field, setting the standards in training and preparation and mentoring junior Scholars.
Sports Scholars enter into our Elite Athlete Programme. This involves weekly strength and conditioning sessions, one-to-one coaching sessions in their specialist sport and regular performance analysis meetings, using our online video platform linked to the GPS athlete trackers that all scholars wear during training.
Scholars also check in daily on their well-being using our online player monitoring system and attend regular mentor meetings to set goals and monitor their sporting and School commitments.
A multi-million pound programme of investment has yielded facilities which are among the best in the country.
The famous Close is revered by the many leading rugby players and teams from all over the world and our playing fields accommodate up to 13 further rugby pitches. The School has sand-based astro turf hockey pitches, artificial championship tennis courts and seven netball courts, all floodlit. Extensive cricket facilities feature five squares, eight artificial nets, 12 grass nets and six indoor nets spread between two halls. Athletes train on facilities which host national league matches, while the Sports Centre includes a fitness suite, 25m pool, fives courts and squash courts.
Rugby School’s record of sporting achievement is extensive, with teams and individuals regularly competing at county and national level. Scholars are supported in their sporting pathways and encouraged to represent their sport at county, regional and national level.
We have exceptional coaches, many of whom have played sport at the highest level. The School plays regularly at county and national level across a number of sports – hockey, rugby football, soccer, tennis, athletics, polo, squash, cricket, badminton, fives, rackets, basketball, fencing, gymnastics, sailing, triathlon, netball and rounders.
The programme for Sports Scholars is tailored to individual needs featuring specialised coaching and weekly one-to-one sessions with the School’s own strength and conditioning coach organised to fit around studies. In addition, there are regular tutorials with the Director of Games to set targets, assess current performance and help achieve a balance between School commitments and sport.
Drama Scholars at Rugby enrich everyone’s School experience. Through their performances, design and technical work backstage, their talent makes a valuable contribution to the cultural life here while they benefit from outstanding academic education.
Academically, Drama at Rugby is a popular choice at both GCSE and A level with pupils consistently achieving outstanding results with many awarded places at leading universities, including Manchester, Birmingham and Warwick, as well as world-leading drama schools such as RADA, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and LAMDA.
• Drama Scholars (Acting) involve themselves in all aspects of School drama from auditions to trips, workshops to clubs, in addition to studying Drama as an academic subject. LAMDA lessons are provided as part of the Scholarship programme and Scholars are entered for exams guided by our dedicated LAMDA tutor.
• Drama Scholars (Technical/Design) support the extra-curricular theatre programme and the academic practical exams working alongside our Theatre and Venue Manager and full-time Theatre Technician.
Drama Scholars are supported by the Director of Drama, two further full-time teachers and our Theatre and Venue Manager. Their combined experience of working in leading theatre companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre Company, ensures an outstanding drama provision. Additionally, the School has links with many theatre companies which perform regularly to our drama pupils, often with accompanying workshops. This enables pupils to work alongside professional performers, deepening their knowledge of theatre forms and styles. An important part of the year involving both roles is the highly anticipated annual Drama Scholars’ production –
a chance for them to pursue and develop their own interest in theatre and performance.
The Macready Theatre is our first-class, professionally equipped, 250-seat venue and in addition, the excellent acoustics in The Temple Speech Room make it perfect for large-scale musicals, while the purpose-built staging in our Sixth Form Centre hall offers yet another versatile space.
Other smaller venues around the School enable us to run four or five productions simultaneously during events such
as the Arts Festival.
Rugby School was one of the first schools in the UK to offer both GCSE and A level computing and the importance with which we regard the subject is reflected in our introduction of Computing Scholarships in 2015.
Computing Scholars can enjoy our recently refurbished digital learning environment. Work station management
software allows pupils to express creative ideas and share best practice among themselves. Programmable technology is available to those keen to extend their learning within and beyond the teaching syllabus while extra-curricular trips aim to engage and inspire our Scholars throughout the year.
Computing Scholars are supported by specialist teachers who teach a range of programming languages while using their contacts in the local business and industrial community, as well as universities, to the best advantage. The Computing Department’s Scholars’ programme includes one-to-one tutorials, regular society meetings and a busy speakers’ programme to stimulate further discussion and to act as a source of inspiration for projects and ideas. Regular trips to exhibitions and businesses give pupils a first-hand picture of how computing within industry has progressed and encourages thought about where the future might lead.
HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND MEANS-TESTED BURSARY SUPPORT TOWARDS FEES
Scholarships are awarded each year for entry to the
School at 13 + and 16+.
The assessment timings for our Scholarships are listed below and current closing dates for applications can be found on the Admissions section of our website at www.
rugbyschool.co.uk under Scholarships.
• Academic (13+) – held in February of Year 8
• Academic (16+) – held in November of Year 11
• Art (13+) – held in March of Year 8
• Art (16+) – held in November of Year 11 as part
of the 16+ entrance procedure
• Computing (13+) – held in May of Year 8
• Computing (16+) – held in November of Year 11
as part of the 16+ entrance procedure
• Day Scholarships (13+) – held in February of Year 8
• Day Scholarships (16+) – held in November of Year
11 as part of the 16+ entrance procedure
• Design and Technology (13+) – held in March of Year 8
• Design and Technology (16+) – held in November
of Year 11 as part of our 16+ entrance procedure
• Drama (13+) – held in October of Year 8
• Drama (16+) – held in October of Year 11
• Music (11+) and (13+) – held in late January or early
February of the year of entry
• Music (16+) – held in November of Year 11 as part
of the 16+ entrance procedure
• Sports (13+) – held in October of Year 8
• Sports (16+) – held in October of Year 11
For entry at 13+ and 16+ there are also Foundation Awards, for day entry only, which are assessed in
conjunction with the Academic Scholarships. The value of a Scholarship or Foundation Award is a fee concession of 5 per cent which parents or legal guardians of the awardee may elect to accept. More than
one Scholarship can be awarded to a candidate although the total fee reduction available is limited to 5 per cent.
The level of fee concession provided can be augmented by bursary support up to 100 per cent of
the boarding or day fees subject to means assessment. To access bursary support a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances must be completed and should be submitted to the Bursar before the examination
Completed bursary applications received after the closing date will not be assessed until after the result
of a Scholarship application is known and any bursary award may not then be offered at the time of joining the School. We are not able to provide an indication of the amount of financial assistance that may be available until the Registration Form has been completed and returned to the Admissions Office, together with payment of the Registration Fee. Bursary application forms are obtainable from The Bursary, Rugby School, 10 Little Church Street, Rugby, CV21 3AW (telephone 01788 556 260 or email
Additionally, at the Head Master’s discretion, exceptional awards with a fee concession, which may be greater than 5 per cent, can be made where, during the assessment process, we identify exceptional potential.
For an application form and further details about how to apply for means-tested bursary augmentation, which
could provide up to a 100 per cent fee concession, please contact:
Telephone: for 11+ awards and 16+ awards 01788 556 276;
for 13+ awards 01788 556 274
Address: Admissions Office, Rugby School, Temple
House, 1 Barby Road, Rugby CV22 5DW
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