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

Admission to the Senior School is based purely upon a girl’s performance in her entrance test and how she presents herself in her personal interview. We want girls who show academic merit and potential to join our school.

Putney is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), in which almost one in five pupils receives a bursary or scholarship to help towards her fees.


Senior School Bursaries

GDST bursaries are available to any student aged 11 and over at a GDST senior school. Most bursaries are allocated on entry either to Year 7 or to the Sixth Form.

A number of means-tested bursaries are available for up to 100 per cent of school fees, for pupils entering Year 7 or Year 12.

How to apply for a bursary

In order to apply for a bursary you will first need to complete a school application form. Within this, you will have the ability to indicate that you would like to apply for financial assistance.

When the GDST bursary site opens, the admissions team at Putney High School will send you a link for you to create a bursary account. This will then enable you to complete your bursary application online.

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

Year 7 – Wednesday 3 November 2021

Year 12 – Friday 15 October 2021

Bursary application results

Applicants who qualify for a bursary are notified of the value of their award at the time of a place being offered.

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, dependent on continuing good progress and conduct. The value of the award will be reviewed by the GDST annually around April.

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. 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/musical) merit, as measured in an entrance assessment. They take no account of family income/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.

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.

Most higher-value bursaries are awarded to pupils from families with a total income of less than £42,500 for London schools and who have no capital assets other than their home.

It is highly unlikely that a bursary would be awarded to a family whose annual income is greater than £92,500 for London schools, other than in very exceptional circumstances.

How much is a bursary or scholarship worth?

Bursary awards will vary depending on individual circumstances and joint household income and assets are taken into account.

Bursaries typically range from 30% to 100% of fees. Pupils who get a full bursary may also get help to meet the cost of their lunches, and travel. Pupils in Year 7-11 on a full bursary will also receive a uniform allowance.

The values of scholarships vary but all carry considerable prestige.  A scholarship may also be supplemented by a bursary.

Where can you find out more?

The GDST outlines the criteria they use in their assessment for eligibility – please click here for more information



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

In the Sixth Form, Academic, Art, Design, Drama, Music and Sport scholarships are available. We also award travel scholarships to internal applicants, for students studying Modern Foreign Languages and Sciences, to develop their study outside school.

Sixth Form Scholarships

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

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Design Technology
  • Music
  • Sport

Scholarships in Modern Foreign Languages and Science are available to candidates who have studied with us during Years 7-11.

We offer up to a maximum of 50 per cent of school fees in scholarships. Please note, the deadline for scholarship applications is Friday 15 October 2021.

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

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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