It is important to us that no one should be excluded from a Putney education.

Putney is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), where at any one time, 10% of pupils across the 22 fee-paying senior schools’ network are receiving a level of financial support.

At Putney, around one in five pupils receives a bursary or scholarship to help towards fees.


Senior School Bursaries

A number of means-tested bursaries are available for pupils entering Year 7 or Year 12.

From full bursaries – which include fees, uniform and other extras to allow your daughter to be a part of everything that a Putney (GDST) education offers – through to smaller, tailored financial assistance packages, we are keen to support as many girls as possible.

There may be strong competition for bursaries, and they are therefore awarded on the basis of financial eligibility and academic potential – that is, high achievement in the 11+ entrance assessment for Year 7 entry, or 16+ assessments and GCSE results for Sixth Form entry. We want girls who show academic merit and potential to join our school.

How to apply for a bursary

There are some simple steps to securing support for a GDST education for your daughter.

  1. Complete a school application form. These will be available the summer term preceding your daughter’s proposed year of entry.
  2. Declaration of income and assets
  3. Assessment of eligibility by the GDST Financial Assistance Department
  4. Entrance Assessment at Putney High School
  5. Confirmation of decision. Applicants will be notified whether they qualify for a bursary and if so, the value of that award time of a place being offered.

Please note the deadline for bursary applications is the same day as the application for the school.

Bursary application results

If the applicant is awarded a bursary, it is expected that this will remain throughout their time at Putney High School from when they join us to the completion of their A-level studies in Year 13. The value of the award will be reviewed by the GDST annually around April and is dependent on continuing good progress and conduct.

Bursary FAQs

What is the difference between a bursary and a scholarship?

The key difference is that a bursary is means-tested and a scholarship isn’t. We offer bursaries so that a GDST education is accessible to the best and the brightest girls, including those who are not in a position to pay full fees.

A bursary takes into account academic ability but its value is directly related to the income and financial resources of the pupil’s family.

Scholarships are awarded purely on academic (or sporting, or artistic, or musical) merit, as measured in a competitive entrance exam, and take no account of family income or resources.

Many of our bursaries and scholarships are funded via charitable partnerships and by donations and legacies from our former pupils, their parents, and other friends.

GDST bursaries; who is eligible?

To assess who is eligible for a bursary we consider a range of objective criteria including the income and capital resources of the families applying.

For example:

  • If your family’s assessable income and resources are below £107,500 a year for London schools, you may be eligible for some support
  • If your family’s annual income is less than £49,500 for London schools, you may be offered a full bursary
  • For families whose annual income is between these levels, a sliding scale determines the amount of assistance you may be offered

Your child’s academic performance will be a key consideration when the school is deciding whether or not to award a bursary.

It is anticipated that bursary awards will last for the duration of the student’s time at school. We re-assess every year to take account of significant changes in family income and circumstances. A bursary may go up or down to reflect these. This ensures those most in need receive our support.

How much is a bursary or scholarship worth?

Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of fees; however, the amount of any bursary depends on local demand and the funding available. Sometimes awards of a lesser value may be offered. Pupils who get a full bursary may also get help to meet the cost of their uniforms, lunches and travel.

The values of scholarships vary, but are generally small and more about the honour of the award than the amount given. A scholarship may, however, be supplemented by a bursary.

Where can you find out more?

Information on the criteria the GDST in their assessment for eligibility can be found here:



What difference does a bursary make?

Removing obstacles to a fantastic education is fundamental to what we do. We want every girl to make her way in the world, equipped with the curiosity, confidence and love of learning that will help her to achieve her goals; we believe strongly that the ability to afford an education should never be an impediment to that.

Now working as a Senior Legal Counsel at Globeleq, alumna Isoken (Soké) Alli-Usman, please click the video to hear how a bursary at Putney impacted her career.

Senior School Scholarships

Most GDST scholarships are allocated on entry either to Year 7 or to the Sixth Form. At Putney High School we offer Academic, Music and Sport scholarships at 11+ (Year 7) entry.

11+ Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are awarded based on merit and take into consideration of a number of factors, including the 11+ entrance assessment, 11+ interview and any additional information provided by the pupil’s current school.

Please note, you do not need to apply for this award. 

11+ Music Scholarships

A number of Music Scholarships are available at 11+ (Year 7 entry).

As a scholar you will play a prominent role in the life of the school and join a talented alumnae who have
gone on to prestigious universities and music conservatoires including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, to name just some.

Find out more about Music Scholarships

11+ Sport Scholarships

Sports Scholarships are available at 11+ (Year 7 entry).

As a scholar you will play a prominent role during all three terms of sport throughout your time at Putney, representing the school in sports teams and competitions.

We understand that all scholars have tremendous promise, and as such you will be offered specific guidance and support to help nurture your talents through our Elite Sportswomen Programme.

Find out more about Sports Scholarships

Sixth Form Scholarships

GDST scholarships are available in the Sixth Form

Sixth Form Scholarships

We award a number of Sixth Form scholarships in the following categories:

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Design: Product Design and Technology
  • Design: Textiles
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

There are two Elsa Maud Plant Academic Scholarships; one available to a Modern Linguist and one to a Scientist through Years 12 and 13. These awards are only available to current Putney High School pupils.

Find out more

If educating girls matters to you, why not find out how your contribution can make a real difference to the lives of intelligent potential Putney students.

Applications for 4+, 7+, 11+ and 16+ entry in September 2022 are now open.

To enquire about occasional vacancies in other years, please contact [email protected].

Putney is a proud member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, a family of 23 schools and two academies across the UK.
Learn more about our membership.

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