Our Scholarships

 A scholarship gives a girl confidence and empowers her to follow her dreams, challenge herself, and most importantly to be herself. At Rye, we recognise and celebrate individual talents. Our well-established Scholars’ Programme, for which applications are invited from new and existing pupils, allows talents to be developed and flourish during a scholar’s time at Rye.

Scholarships are offered in the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

We recognise that individuals may have a particular set of skills or a talent that may fall out of these categories, and to these pupils we can award an all-round scholarship or exhibition. To ensure we can recognise and nurture this individual talent, we strive to be open minded, build strong personal relationships and work in a community that knows each pupil individually.

Being awarded a scholarship is a wonderful sense of achievement for a young person, and awards are made to recognise enthusiasm, excellence and leadership.

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. The award ranges in value from £25 to £500 to give assistance to the co-curricular passions of an individual. 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.

Visit Rye St Antony

If you would like to experience Rye, please do get in touch with our Registrar, Mrs. Fern Williams, who will organise a time for a visit or virtual meeting.

Dates for 16+ (Sixth Form) Scholarships Applications

Closing date for entries: 3 November 2020
Examinations, auditions, and interviews: 10 and 11 November 2020

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) 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 Morning

Saturday 15 May 2021

Individual Tours by Appointment

Our Open Morning will give you the opportunity to tour the school site and see our excellent facilities.

We look forward to meeting you.