Every year, the school awards a number of academic scholarships to the brightest boys in each cohort. These are designed to recognize and celebrate individual achievement. Perhaps more importantly, they are designed to provide stretch and encouragement to go “beyond the syllabus”. Award holders will be encouraged to go that extra mile intellectually via a number of avenues, ranging from extra reading and subject masterclasses to debating groups and Olympiads.
The scholarships form an important part of the school’s overarching Gifted and Talented strategy – to fulfil the intellectual potential of each and every boy and are named after two famous characters from QEGS’ history: John Radcliffe and Sir Henry Savile.
Named after John Radcliffe who was a boy at QEGS in the 1660s and went on to be a pre-eminent man of medicine in Restoration England (hence the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.) These scholarships are awarded to boys who perform particularly strongly in the (11-plus) Entrance Examination and subsequent interview with the Headmaster. Boys enjoy a modest fee reduction but also access to a range of enrichment opportunities designed to stretch them academically as they move through to their GCSEs.
Named after Sir Henry Savile and his family who played such a prominent role in founding the school in 1591. These can be awarded at two stages and recognise exceptional achievement in public examinations. Firstly, those achieving a high number of top grades at GCSE (currently the threshold is set at the best seven GCSE grades, with an average point score over 8) become Savile Scholars throughout their Sixth Form studies. This recognition acts as a springboard to high attainment at A level and thence to top universities. The second opportunity to win an (honorary) Savile Scholarship is on receipt of A Level results. This is designed to reward the slightly later developers and the threshold is currently set at A*AA (or equivalent) at A Level. Both groups of boys have their names engraved on our honours board in the main reception and are able to refer to this academic distinction via their UCAS forms, school references and subsequently their CVs and employment applications.