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Scholarships and Bursaries

Academic Scholarships 

Scholarships are awarded for exceptional academic performance and the potential to excel. They are not means-tested and those funded by the School provide between 5% - 25% of the School fees. We also work closely with the Sir Thomas White Trust, who have provided us with several Sixth Form Scholarships of up to 100% over recent years. 

Being a scholar of the School carries with it expectations and responsibility. Scholars are expected to take a responsible approach to their academic studies and participate fully in the life of the School. 

The following scholarships are offered by the Senior School:

The Headmaster's Scholarships for Year 7 entry 

For existing Year 6 students or those entering Year 7

Leicester High School for Girls has a long history of providing academic scholarships to selected girls joining Year 7. Our Headmaster’s Scholarships, provide support towards fees from Years 7-11, to girls joining the School in Year 7 in September 2022. These Scholarships are also open to existing Year 6 students who will be joining Year 7. 

Scholarships of between 5% and 25% of School fees are awarded for outstanding performance in the January Entrance Examination. 

The January Entrance Examination for 2021 entry, has now taken place. The date for the Entrance Examination for 2022 entry will be confirmed shortly. 

The Headmaster’s Scholarships are not means-tested, however, we are keen to encourage applications from families who may not currently be considering an independent education. Therefore, depending on financial circumstances and fund availability, bursaries to cover up to 100% of fees are also available. 

The Sir Thomas White Scholarship for Sixth Form

For the past six years, girls entering the Sixth Form from a state school, and resident in Leicestershire or Rutland, have been invited to apply for a Sir Thomas White Scholarship, which is 100% fees-only funded for two years. The School has had seven Sir Thomas White Scholars in recent years. The scholarship is for an academic girl who would not have the means to pay for a place normally.

The application is means-tested, and a bursary form needs to be completed. A personal statement, grades and references from your current school will be requested and shortlisted girls will be invited to attend an initial interview with the Head of Sixth Form and the Subject Heads of her chosen A Levels.

If successful at this initial interview, girls will be invited to attend a final interview with the Headmaster before being put forward for an interview with the trustees of the Sir Thomas White Trust. 

Music Scholarships and Awards

For existing Year 6-13 students or those entering Years 6-13 in September 2022 

Music Scholarships provide funding towards additional music tuition. There are different levels of award with varying values up to £1,000 for promising and committed musicians in Years 6-13. Auditions take place annually, usually in January, and will be awarded to pupils who demonstrate particular musical potential and aptitude. 

During the audition, girls will be asked to play two contrasting pieces on their first instrument and one piece on a second instrument. Aural tests will also form part of the audition. 

For full details of the audition process, and for further details regarding Music Scholarships, please email the Head of Music, Mr Matt Haynes, on


Applications can now be made for September 2022 entry. 

Bursaries provide means-tested assistance for families who otherwise would not be able to consider an independent education for their daughter. 

Leicester High Bursaries are available from Year 6 onwards. The maximum amount of support with fees is 100%. To find out more about bursaries, please see the policy and application form. If you have any queries about the application form, please contact Mrs Edwena Mackay, the Bursar on 0116 270 5338. 

Unfortunately, the number of applications for bursary assistance each year exceeds the funding the School is able to provide; therefore bursary funding is not guaranteed. 

You can download our bursary policy and application form. 

The deadline for bursary applications for September 2022 entry is Friday 11 February 2022. 

Bursary applications should be sent to:

The Bursar, Mrs Edwena Mackay, Leicester High School for Girls, 454 London Road, Leicester LE2 2PP