Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarship Brochure

Year 7 entry Scholarship

The School offers seven different types of scholarship for pupils joining in Year 7.  These are Academic, DT, Art, Drama, Music, Foundation and Sport.  For those applicants who show considerable academic promise, but not of the standard required for Scholarship, an Academic Exhibition may be offered. Awards made at 11+ carry on to the Senior School until such time as the pupil leaves Dean Close.  Awards are subject to good behaviour, academic endeavour and commitment to the whole life of the School.  They are rarely revoked or reduced; however, they are reviewed annually.

The number of individual awards made each year depends solely on the calibre of the candidates.

Specific scholarship forms will be available shortly.

Scholarship Evening

If you would like to learn more about the scholarships on offer at Dean Close Prep School, please join us for our annual Scholarship Evening. This is held in the Prep School Centenary Hall, where you will have the opportunity to discuss scholarships with the Director of Admissions, Registrar and Heads of Department.

Our next Scholarship Evening is:

Thursday 20TH September 2018.

Registration Form



The first day of assessment will be on Monday 19th November 2018 when candidates will sit the 11+ entry papers in Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English. Successful candidates will be invited back on Tuesday 4th December 2018 for the Academic Scholarship exams in English, Maths, Science and a General paper. Candidates will also be involved in group challenges and interviews on that day.

11+ Academic Scholarship Form

Art and Design & technology

Monday 19th November 2018  (written test)
Friday 23rd November (practical exam: Art and Design & Technology


11+ Creative Arts Scholarship Form

 Drama & music

Monday 19th November 2018  (written test)
Tuesday 20th November 2018 (practical music exam)
Friday 23rd November (practical drama exam)

11+ Performing Arts Scholarship


Monday 19th November 2018 (written test)
Thursday 22nd November (practical assessment)

11+ Sports Scholarship Form

Internal pupils taking Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Sports and Foundation do not need to take entry papers, unless they want to be considered for an Academic Scholarship.

Please ring the Admissions Office on 01242 258001 if you are interested in scholarships for entry in September 2017.


All Scholarship Forms

Please note that scholarship forms must be accompanied by a completed Registration Form and fee of £100.

Year 3 Entry

Dean Close Prep offers an award into Year 3. The assessment process will take into account pupil’s ability, potential, attitude and work ethos. The awards will be open to internal and external pupils alike. Pupils must be under 8 on the 1st September on the year of application.

The Prep School offers awards of up to 15% of the day fees, excluding any extras. Awards will commence on September 1st of Year 3 and run to the end of Year 6, by which time pupils will have the opportunity to sit for 11+ scholarships. There is no set number of awards; they will be awarded on merit to internal and external pupils alike.

7 + Scholarship Form

Award assessments take place in the Lent Term

Pupils will be given an opportunity to demonstrate Literacy and Numeracy skills as appropriate for their age as well as show academic potential through baseline testing. Tests taken will include a computer based assessment test, an English comprehension and short extended writing exercise, and a Maths paper. Each paper will last approximately 20 minutes. There will also be some challenges and puzzles to look at group interaction and problem solving.

Confidential reports from the Pre-Prep or the candidate’s current school will also be sought to give an idea of standing in relation to their peers and all round suitability.

Once papers have been marked a review panel analyses scholarship assessments and letters of offer, as appropriate, are sent to parents within two weeks of the examinations. The final decision rests with the Headmaster of DCPS; no further correspondence will be entered into.

Any parent with questions about their child’s suitability for an academic award should contact their current Headmaster or Headmistress who will be able to give a good indication of academic potential and suitability.


If you require financial assistance to support your application to Dean Close, please submit the bursary application forms by December 31st 2016.