Scholarships and Bursaries


Academic and Music Scholarships for 2017 are offered to pupils who are 11+ or who are planning to enter the Sixth Form at 16+. Sports Scholarships and an Arkwright Design and Technology Scholarship are also available at 16+.  

The examinations at 11+ and 16+ are designed to be equally appropriate for pupils in both maintained and independent schools and are open to pupils already at Birkdale and to those currently studying elsewhere.

Entering a pupil for the Scholarship examinations presumes a firm intention on the part of parents to accept an award if one is offered. Candidates are welcome to apply for any of the available scholarships for which they are eligible, but please note that the total fee reduction through scholarships cannot exceed 25%.

Each award will be tenable from the beginning of the academic year following the scholarship examination. It will be held until the pupil leaves the school, provided that, in the opinion of the Head Master, satisfactory progress is maintained.



A limited amount of Bursary funding is available for allocation to pupils for whom a Birkdale education would be beneficial and for whom there is a proven case of financial need.

The value of any Bursary award could be up to 100% of fees and would be tenable for as long as financial circumstances remained unchanged during a pupil’s time at Birkdale.

Applications for Bursary awards must be submitted on a form which may be obtained from the Registrar, after which further detailed financial information will be sought from successful candidates.              


Summary of Dates for 2017 entry

Examination Examination Date Closing Date
11+ Entrance Examination
Wednesday 25 January Friday 13 January
11+ Scholarship
Thursday 9 February By invitation
11+ Music Scholarship
Wednesday 15 March Wednesday 15 February
Sixth Form Academic Scholarships
Saturday 21 January Friday 16 December
Sixth Form Music Scholarship Tuesday 7 March Wednesday 15 February
Sixth Form Sports Scholarship Saturday 28 January     Friday 16 December
Sixth Form Arkwright Scholarship Wednesday 1 February Thursday 12 January

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