Foundation Awards for Day Pupils

Several Foundation Awards are made each year to day boy and day girl applicants for entry at 13+ and 16+. The purpose of Foundation Awards to widen access to a Rugby School education for local children. 

Successful candidates for a Foundation Award will meet three key criteria:

  • They will show during our admissions process that they will thrive in our academic and co-curricular school life
  • They will live within 10 miles of Rugby School, excluding the City of Coventry
  • Their parents will be assessed as being eligible for means-tested bursary assistance towards fees to augment the 10% fee remission carried by the Award

The level of support provided can be augmented up to 100% of the day fees subject to means assessment; a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances must be completed and should be submitted to the Bursar before the examination closing date.


These Awards qualify exclusively for entrance to Town House (boys) and Southfield (girls). The examination takes place in early February of Year 8.

These Awards qualify exclusively for entrance to Town House (boys) and Southfield (girls). Awards will be based on the standard assessment process for 16+ entry together with subject based interviews.

COVID-19 Update

In view of the fast-moving situation regarding the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Executive Leadership closed Rugby School and Bilton Grange sites from 18.00 on 17 March.

Plans are in place to teach students remotely until the leadership team is in a position to confidently re-open the School sites.