Our Scholarships

At Rye we strongly believe in recognising individual talents. It’s part of our school’s long heritage. Scholarships are open to girls applying for entry to Rye St Antony, as well as girls who currently study at the school.

Scholarships are generally offered in the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

The subject areas shown above are not exhaustive or mutually exclusive, as we recognise that each applicant may have a particular set of skills and, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, might be awarded an all-round scholarship or exhibition. Each scholarship is up to the value of 10% of fees. Where exhibitions are awarded, these will be up to 5% of fees.

Heritage Awards

As part of the legacy of some of our pioneering Rye women, we have some special scholarship awards to pass on to outstanding pupils each year.

Sixth Form Patsy Sumpter Scholarship

Awarded for achievement and potential in the Humanities. 

The King Award

The King Award was established in 1993 by Gwen King in memory of her sister, Ivy King, with the purpose of recognising the merit and supporting the need of individual pupils and the particular talents which they wished to develop. It is awarded to individual pupils and ranges in value from £25 to £500 to give assistance to the co-curricular passions that they wish or are pursuing. These have included:

  • Fees and equipment for sports activities
  • Language lessons
  • Instrumental music lessons and courses
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expenses
  • Ballet and other dance classes
  • Art research
  • Gap year projects

For more details, please contact the School Bursary or the Registrar.

The Clifford Travel Award

This award was established in 2013 by Di Gibbons who gifted £250 a year for an award in memory of her parents, John and Marjorie Clifford, former Bursars of Rye. Applications are invited at the same time as applications for the King Award and are considered by the King Award Committee at the time of the King Award.

Arrange your Bespoke Virtual Visit

Bringing our school to your home. Meet our head and registrar and have a virtual tour of our school, at a time to suit you.

Dates for 11+ (at entry to Year 7) Scholarships Applications and Year 7 Entrance Day

Closing date for entries: 5 November 2020
Examinations: 19 November 2020
Auditions and Interviews: 26 November 2020

Dates for 13+ (at entry to Year 9) and Sixth Form (at entry to Year 12) Scholarships

Closing date for entries: mid-January 2021
Examinations: January 2021 – dates to be advised
Auditions and Interviews: Late January 2021


Please note, these dates are subject to change as we continue to monitor the government guidance in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic

Register Your Interest

To register your interest for these dates, please email our Registrar,  Mrs Fern Williams, or complete this form.

All applicants are required to submit an application form and a portfolio that gives evidence in support of the scholarship application. Application forms are available from Fern Williams, our Registrar, and details of each individual award can be found in our Scholarships Policy which can be obtained from the school office. Any work or portfolio submitted as part of any application will be returned at the end of the application process.

Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here