Scholarships and Bursaries

What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?

Academic and music scholarships are awarded on a strictly competitive basis and parental income is not taken into account. The system of bursaries enables Westminster School to offer free places or places at reduced fees to boys and girls who do well in our entrance examinations but whose parents cannot afford the full fees.

13+ and 16+ Bursaries

A number of means-tested bursaries up to 100% of the day fees are available at 13+ or 16+ entry. They are awarded on the basis of academic ability and financial need. To be eligible a child and a child’s parent(s) must be a British citizen or citizens of the EEA or Switzerland, AND must also live in London. We aim to act as sensitively as possible and very few members of staff and none of the other pupils will be aware that a boy or girl is receiving financial assistance. When a full bursary is awarded it will cover the cost of uniform, equipment and compulsory school expenditures

Please note that candidates requiring a visa to study in the UK must be able to demonstrate to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that his or her parents have sufficient funds to cover the cost of one year's tuition and living expenses.

Bursaries are awarded only to candidates whose parents would not be able to afford the full fees.

To see if you are eligible for a bursary please click here.

Please note that there are no 16+ scholarships.

11+ Bursaries

A number of means-tested bursaries up to 100% of the day fees are available. Boys who are awarded bursaries at 11+ spend two years at our Under School and then move automatically into Westminster School at the start of Year 9.

13+ Scholarships

Queen’s Scholarships (13+) 

  • Eight Queen’s Scholarships are awarded each year.
  • Candidates for the scholarships must take The Challenge (scholarship examination) in the May preceding their entry to the School.
  • Queen’s Scholars are required to board in College.
  • The recipient of a Queen’s Scholarship pays half the current boarding fee. If required, a further bursary covering payment towards the full fee is available on a means-tested basis.
  • Candidates who reach the standard of a Queen’s Scholarship but are not prepared to board are awarded an Honorary Scholarship.
  • Five exhibitions (minor scholarships) are awarded to those who come close to scholarship standard.


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 Music Awards (13+)

  • Up to six music scholarships of 25% of the boarding or day fee, including free tuition on up to three instruments, are awarded annually to boys who enter the school at 13+.
  • Additional support for those in financial need, up to 100% of the day fee, is available to top up the Music Scholarship award.
  • Auditions are held each January or February.
  • Candidates should offer at least two instruments and will be expected to demonstrate general musicianship and potential for development.
  • Before the music award auditions candidates can seek advice from the Director of Music and arrange an informal audition. Please contact the Music Administrator on 020 7963 1017.
  • Candidates must subsequently qualify academically for admission through the Challenge (scholarship examination) or the Common Entrance examination.

Click on the links below to download the 2014 Challenge papers