Scholarships & Bursaries

The primary way in which the College seeks to widen access to Wellington is through the wide range of scholarships and bursaries available to families.

What is the difference between a Scholarship and a Bursary?


Scholarships are entrance awards intended to recognise talented children who have shown great promise in certain disciplines but they do not carry any financial benefit in terms of fee reduction.

Wellington offers entrance Scholarships at 13+ in Academics and Music, usually administered around six to eight months before a pupil enters Wellington.  Scholarships in other areas (Art, Drama, Dance and Sport) are offered at the end of Year 9 after a full year at Wellington. However, students are invited to participate in Inspire Days in these areas during Year 8 as an initial stage in the Scholarship process.

For entry at 16+ Scholarships are awarded in all of the above areas as part of the full application process.

As well as it being a great honour and accolade, pupils awarded scholarships upon entry to the College, and those awarded at the end of Year 9, are expected to be leaders and role-models within their field of interest. They will also take part in a programme of extension activities and opportunities appropriate to their particular area of talent. Music scholars, for example, attend regular masterclasses with visiting professionals and Academic award holders partake in an extension programme of study designed by our Head of Scholarship.


Bursaries are specific financial awards made to parents which give some form of reduction of school fees appropriate to the individual situation of each family. All bursaries awarded to families of children joining the College are calculated via a means-testing process. In this way we aim to direct all of our financial aid to families who, without support, would not be able to access the fees at Wellington. Bursaries with a value of up to 95% reduction in school fees are available.

Further information about Bursaries, Scholarships and Inspire Days at 13+ can be found here; further information about Bursaries and Scholarships at 16+ can be found here. Dates for 16+ Scholarships are provisional at the stage; we will have further information in September once school has started.