From the Royal Northern College of Music, Oxbridge and RADA to Veterinary School, Medical School or the Armed Forces – there is no limit to where a scholarship at Giggleswick can take you.


Giggleswick scholars uphold the highest standards and make a highly valued contribution to the intellectual, sporting, musical and creative life of the School. Each year there are approximately 20 to 25 scholarship awards available across three year groups – Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth.


We offer Academic, All-Rounder, Music and Sport scholarships into Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth. We also offer Art scholarships into Year 9 and Lower Sixth, and Design and Drama scholarships into the Lower Sixth.


Entrance and scholarship dates 2020

Year 7 - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January


Year 9 - Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February


Year 12 - Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February


Our scholarships

Accordion Academic scholarships
For  entry into Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth
Academic scholars are invited to join our Inspire and Aspire groups which aim to give our more able, gifted and talented pupils a collective identity. The groups meet weekly to discuss cross-curricular topics that are not found on the main curriculum. Scholars also enjoy regular trips to art galleries, exhibitions, the opera and theatre. Each year the group also visits either Oxford or Cambridge University to find out what these top universities are looking for and what they might gain from studying there.
Minimum criteria:
Academic scholars will have the potential to gain a minimum of eight level 8/9 grades at GCSE and A*/A grades at A level.
Accordion Art scholarships
For entry into Year 9 and Lower Sixth
Giggleswick's Art department provides a lively and stimulating environment where pupils can explore and develop their creative skills. In addition to refining painting and drawing techniques, scholars are encouraged to experiment with other genres including screen printing, textiles and ceramics. We also offer AS courses in Ceramics, Photography and Textiles, which Art scholars may wish to take in addition to the Pre-U in Fine Art.
Minimum criteria:
Candidates' portfolios and sketchbooks should show a natural interest in the subject and be able to demonstrate evidence of personal commitment, shown in work that has been done outside school. Final pieces, such as paintings,  should be backed up with preparatory work, experimentation and investigations. 
Accordion Choral scholarship
For entry into Year 9 and Lower Sixth
We are delighted to fund a number of choral scholarships to support talented singers who wish to develop their choral singing alongside their academic studies. Giggleswick is blessed with one of the most stunning school chapels in the country, which has supported a long tradition of choral singing at the school.
Choral scholars enjoy a year-round choral singing programme and learn from specialist singing teachers and vocal coaches. There is also the opportunity to join our Chapel Choir and sing with Schola Cantorum, our showcase touring choir, and take part in our National Cathedrals Tour including St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey.
Take a look at our Choral Scholarsips leaflet here    


Minimum criteria:
We are keen to hear from boys and girls who have trained as choristers and candidates will be assessed on the strength of their experience and references. Suitable qualified applicants will be invited to attend an audition which will consist of the performance of two contrasting songs (of the candidate's own choice), sight-singing, and aural tests.
Accordion Design scholarships
For entry into Lower Sixth
Our Design department is located in a purpose-built studio and workshop with excellent facilities for all aspects of Design Technology. The atmosphere is exciting; both creative and business-like, and has an excellent reputation for success at A level, leading to a wide range of potential courses at university.
Minimum criteria:
Candidates should be studying one aspect of Design at GCSE level and propose to study the subject at Pre-U level. We are looking for keen, enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals who may not yet have expertise in all aspects of Design, but who can demonstarte potential and an abvious desire to improve.
Accordion Drama scholarships
For entry into Lower Sixth
We have a strong and highly respected drama tradition and we stage several productions anually, some of which have been taken abroad and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a Drama scholar you would be encouraged to act, write, direct and develop skills in thatrical design. Stage management, sound and lighting are also completely student run and provide further opportunities to discover what goes on behind the scenes. We offer frequent trips to theatres, both to see plays and to meet actors and technicians.
Minimum criteria:
We are looking for students willing to maximise potential, to play a full part in school drama and to work towards achieving high grades in A Level Drama and Theatre Studies.
Accordion Music scholarships
For entry into Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth
Music plays a central role in the life of the School and the contribution of Music scholars is valued highly. Our Music department has four full-time musicains assisted by a team of 13 visiting teachers. Our ensembles include the School Orchestra, Concert Band, Chapel Choir, Concert Choir, a Brass Ensemble and a String Quartet as well as a number of rock bands. We offer numerous performance opportunities, including tours abroad.
Minimum criteria:
Year 7: Grade 3 passed with merit or distinction in first instrument and Grade 1 passed in second.
Year 9: Grade 5 passed with merit or distinction in first instrument and Grade 3 passed in second. Grade 4 Theory passed and/or working towards Grade 5.
Lower Sixth: Working towards Grade 8 in first instrument , having passed Grade 7 with merit or distinction, and Grade 5 passed in second instrument. Grade 5 Theory passed with merit or distinction.
Accordion Sport scholarships
For entry into Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth
We have excellent coaches at all levels, superb facilities and regular programmed training sessions. Each year a number of pupils gain representative honours in a range of sports. Sports scholars can apply for a place on our Elite Sports Programme, which includes specialist coaching, mentoring, professional sports visits and strength and conditioning training.
Minimum criteria:
Rugby, hockey, cricket and cross-country are our main sports for boys, and hockey, netball, cross-country and tennis for girls. We expect candidates for Sport scholarships to offer two of these for assessment and should be able to demonstrate the potential to gain representative honours in at least one.
Accordion All-Rounder scholarships
For entry into Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth
Giggleswick offers a breadth of opportunity in both academic and co-curricular activities. As a potential All-Rounder scholar, a student will be making above average academic progress and be able to demonstrate excellence in at least one area of the Giggleswick co-curriculum, notably sport, music or drama. We expect All-Rounder scholars to contribute to all areas of school life. Excellence in other areas will be taken into consideration if reports and certificates (if appropriate) are provided.

Minimum criteria:
Academic scholars should demonstrate the potential to gain a  minimum of five level 8/9 grades at GCSE.

Scholarship enquiry form

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