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Roedean has a number of awards to recognise excellence in a particular field, and these are available to girls joining the school in Year 7, Year 9, and Year 12.  Each year, we attract high-calibre applicants who enrich the school not only in their specialist fields, but also in all areas of school life.


Expectations of Roedean Scholars

At Roedean, scholarships are awarded as recognition of both excellent previous achievement and potential for further development.  Our aim is to provide each girl with the encouragement, support, and guidance she needs to develop her talents and excel in her specialist area.


Our scholars are role models, who always set an example; their diligence and conscientious approach in school has a positive influence on others around them, and their support for their peers is highly valued.  While we do not want our scholars to feel that they must always achieve full marks, we do expect them to apply themselves enthusiastically and try their best in everything they do at school.


The scholars champion the area of school life for which they hold an award, and they are leaders within it.  They are expected to participate fully in the extra-curricular activities of the relevant department, and always to prioritise commitments within school over others, wherever possible.  Scholars in practical subjects are strongly encouraged to take any relevant subject at least to GCSE level, and perhaps also in the Sixth Form.



Roedean is committed to the development of Scholars, through tailored provision and support in their area of specialism throughout their school career.  In return, Scholars and award holders are expected to maintain the highest standards, representing Roedean, in order to enhance the academic, sporting, and creative life of the school.  For more detail about the provision in each area, please refer to the Scholarships at Roedean brochure.


Both Scholarships and Bursaries give financial assistance.  Scholarship awards are given on the basis of excellence; a bursary can be given in recognition of financial need, and can enhance the value of a Scholarship award.


Awards (Years 7, 9, and 12)

There are a variety of awards available, outlined below, of which the Sussex and London City Awards are the most prestigious awards, acknowledging the combination of excellence both academically and in a practical specialism, such as Music, Sport, Drama, Art, or Dance.


All scholarship applicants complete the same form, and the award is based on the outcome of the assessments.  The Sussex and London City Awards are made at the discretion of the Headmaster.


Sussex and London City Awards

Criteria:  Academic excellence in English and Maths, in addition to excellence in one practical specialism

Value:  5-20% Academic and 5-20% for the area of specialism

Specialism Award

Criteria:  Excellence in English and Maths for an academic specialism, or in either Music, Sport, Drama, Art, or Dance

Value:  5-10%


Brighthelm Awards (Years 7 and 12)

Brighthelm Awards, which are a combination of scholarship and means-tested bursaries, are available for local girls joining in Year 7 and 12 from the state sector and living within a radius of 20 miles of the school.


Year 7

Criteria:  Girls must be in the top 2% of the ability range in English and Maths, and be recommended by the Headteacher of their current school

Value:  There are a small number of awards worth 70%-80% of the fees, in addition to a number of awards up to 50%

Process: Assessed in English and Maths, with an interview

Year 12

Criteria:  Girls must have GCSE predicted grades of all A* and A grades

Value:  There are a small number of awards worth 70%-80% of the fees, in addition to a number of awards up to 50%

Process: Assessed in English, Maths, and General Paper, with an interview

Key Dates for Year 7 & Year 9
Scholarship Practical Assessments w/c Monday 9 January 2017
Academic Scholarship Examination Day Saturday 14 January 2017
Scholarship Interviews w/c Monday 23 January 2017    
Offers Tuesday 7 February 2017
Acceptance Deadline Monday 6 March 2017 
Key Dates for Year 12
Entrance Examinations and Scholarship Assessments Thursday 17 November 2016
Scholarship Interviews Tuesday 22 November 2016   
Offers  Friday 25 November 2016  
Acceptance Deadline   Friday 9 December 2016

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