Year 7 Overview | Private School | Surbiton High School
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Year 7 Overview

The timeline for the Scholarship Application process for Year 7 2024 entry is as follows:

  • Scholarship Application deadline (including registration for Entrance Examination and Bursary applications) – 12.00pm on Wednesday 4 October 2023
  • Scholarship Supporting Evidence Deadline – 12:00pm on Friday 6 October 2023
  • Shortlisted candidates contacted by email – End October 2023
  • Scholarship Assessments – early December 2023 – early January 2024. These will take place only for those candidates who have been shortlisted for the second stage of the Entrance Examination process.
  • Outcome of Entrance Examination and Scholarship Assessments – Early February 2024

Click on the relevant Scholarship below to find out more about the application criteria, shortlisting process and guidance for assessment for shortlisted candidates.

All supporting evidence should be uploaded to the Secure Transfer File link given to you by the Admissions team, after you have submitted an application. Art portfolios etc that need to be delivered in person, should be brought to the Admissions Team at Surbiton High School, Main Building, 13 – 15 Surbiton Crescent, Surbiton, KT1 2JT. Please ensure all evidence is clearly named with your daughter’s full name.



To apply for a Scholarship, please complete the online application form.

Your daughter may apply for more than one Scholarship and fee remissions may be combined with Bursary awards. If she performs exceptionally well in more than one Scholarship assessment, she may be considered for the Principal’s Award. Please note that candidates cannot apply for the Principal’s Award.

Applications and supporting evidence for 2024 entry must be received by the deadline of 12.00pm on Wednesday 4 October 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Portfolios, other than Art Portfolios, will not automatically be returned. If you wish to collect your portfolio, please arrange this with the Admissions Office after the outcome of the Scholarships and Entrance Examinations are announced, portfolios not collected by the end of the Autumn Term will be disposed of securely.


Scholarships are awarded to candidates demonstrating a high level of ability in their chosen discipline(s), well above the normal level of ability for their age.

Scholarships awarded in Year 7 are tenable until a pupil finishes Year 11 but will be reviewed on an annual basis until Year 11 to ensure that the pupil continues to meet the specific criteria for that discipline. Scholars are expected to participate fully in their area of excellence for the duration of their time as a Scholar. Pupils will then have the opportunity to apply for Sixth Form Scholarships in Year 11.

Academic Scholarships are awarded solely on performance in both of the Entrance Examination papers and cannot be applied for in advance. Pupils awarded an Academic Scholarship will be expected to take part in appropriately directed academic pursuits throughout the year and, at the end of each year, to perform on average in the top 25% of the year group in internal examinations.

Some examples of activities we would encourage Scholars to participate may include:

  • Leading year-group and whole-school assemblies (with support from relevant members of staff)
  • Entering school, local, national and international competitions in subject areas that are of interest to them
  • Taking time during weekends and/or holidays to explore their learning beyond the classroom, through directed and bespoke targets set by members of staff.

Terms and Conditions of Awards – Scholarships


The majority of activities, clubs and clinics are open to all pupils and we pride ourselves on providing a broad and enriching curriculum and co-curricular programme that stretches and challenges pupils.


The Principal’s Award celebrates outstanding achievement and is awarded to a candidate(s) in recognition of their exceptional performance. Please note that candidates cannot apply for the Principal’s Award.


We offer a limited number of means-tested Church Schools Foundation Bursaries at entry to Year 7, these are reviewed annually. Please note that Bursary applications for combined incomes over £70,000 may not be considered.

There is also a percentage reduction in the fees for daughters of full time members of the Clergy in the form of a Clergy Bursary.

How to apply

Application forms for financial support should be submitted prior to the deadline stated in the timeline.