You’ll like the way we help OUR STUDENTS SHINE by providing scholarships and bursaries.

As one of three schools in 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.

At Wakefield Girls’, a number of students who show academic merit, benefit from bursaries and scholarships every year. Admission is based on each student’s performance in her entrance exam and on her personal interview, with bursaries and scholarships awarded on an individual basis.

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A number of means tested bursaries are available to students joining Year 7 or Year 12 covering up to 75% of their school fees. Our bursaries are offered to students who rank highly in the entrance exam or have excellent GCSE grades (Year 12 bursaries) and whose families meet our financial criteria to ensure that a wide range of students have the opportunity to attend Wakefield Girls’.

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.


A number of scholarships are available to students entering our Senior section and Sixth Form.  Scholars are expected to lead by example and to be ambassadors for our school.

Scholarships & bursaries

Year 7

10 academic scholarships each year are awarded to students who perform best in the examinations on our Assessment Day. For entry September 2024, our Assessment Day is 16 January 2024.

In addition, a fully funded place is awarded to the top performing student who qualifies for a 75% foundation award. This is our Hepworth Knott Scholarship.

Sixth form

Sixth Form

Fifteen academic scholarships are awarded to students each year who perform very highly in an exam paper in their chosen subject.  We also offer specialist scholarships for music, art, classics, textiles, sport, travel, undergraduate study and high achievement.

To apply for a  scholarship, please submit your application for a place in Sixth Form before the end of December and tick the appropriate box on the application form as you apply.  We will contact you with details for assessment. The Scholarship Exam will be held on 6 December for September 2024 entry. There are separate assessments, detailed below, for Music, Art and Sport scholarships.

Sixth form sports


Sixth Form Music – two music and two instrumental scholarships are awarded by competitive audition. Students accepting a music or instrumental scholarship will be expected to participate fully in our orchestras, ensembles, choirs and to represent Wakefield Girls’ at appropriate events.  Discover more.

Sixth Form Art –  three art scholarships are awarded by letter of application and informal discussion of a portfolio of work. Discover more.

Sixth Form Sports – three sports scholarships are awarded by letter of application. Successful students will have already significantly represented Wakefield Girls’ at sport on numerous occasions. Discover more.