For everyone at QEGS, it’s important that students who show academic merit and potential are able to join our school and flourish. Admission to QEGS is based on each boy’s performance in his entrance exam and how he presents himself in his personal interview.
As part of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, we’re committed to helping students from all backgrounds to achieve their dreams, explore their full capabilities and enjoy the best educational start in life. Across our schools, 1 in 5 students receive a bursary or scholarship to help towards fees, providing the perfect springboard for the future.
To that end, a number of means tested bursaries are available to students joining Year 7 or Year 12, covering up to 75% of their school fees.
To apply for a bursary, please tick the appropriate box on the application form as you apply. Our bursar will contact you to request further documentation to support your application.
Applicants who qualify for a bursary will be advised of the value of their award at the time of a school place being offered.
Every year, the school awards a number of academic scholarships to the brightest boys entering our Senior Section and Sixth Form. These are designed to recognise and celebrate individual achievement. Perhaps more importantly, they are designed to broaden horizons and encourage students 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.
John Radcliffe attended 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, named in his honour, are awarded to boys who perform particularly strongly in the (11-plus) Entrance Examination and subsequent interview with the Headmaster. Boys enjoy access to a range of enrichment opportunities designed to stretch them academically as they move through to their GCSEs.
These scholarships, named after Sir Henry Savile and his family who played such a prominent role in founding the school in 1591, can be awarded at two stages and recognise exceptional achievement in public examinations. Firstly, those achieving a high number of top grades at GCSE 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.