Scholarships & Bursaries

We have a number of Scholarships and bursaries on offer for bright, ambitious children who would like to join Yarm Senior School or Sixth Form.

Our exceptional facilities and team of expert teachers provide the perfect platform for pupils with considerable potential to make the most of the opportunities available and achieve outstanding academic results. We’d like to make our incredible learning environment accessible to all those who will benefit.

Our bursaries

Our means-tested bursaries are open to pupils joining our Senior School or Sixth Form. They are intended to make it possible for promising children to receive an independent school education at Yarm School, regardless of their financial or domestic circumstances.

How do they work?

A bursary is a fee reduction to take account of limited parent resources. They are funded from deposits set aside for this purpose, as well as the general income of the School.

As a guide, assistance is given on a sliding scale, linked to family income. We will consider making an award where the total gross family income is less than £50,000 per annum. In some cases, we will also offer financial support for extras such as lunch, school trips and uniform.

We offer our bursaries for 12 months at a time. Families must provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that the child attends the School.

Bursary applications

If your family is eligible for our school bursary, we invite you to apply. Simply complete our application form and send it in with a note to say you would like to be considered. All applications must be made in advance of the Entrance Assessment.

Bursary applications which are received after the Entrance Assessment are unlikely to be successful as we will have most likely already allocated the funds.

We often receive more applications than there are funds available. In such cases, we use academic performance in the Entrance Assessments as a deciding criteria.

As a matter of routine, we will enquire into the financial resources of of all families making a bursary applications. However, we keep these details confidential.

Our Scholarships: Senior School (11-16)

We offer a number of academic Scholarships of no more than 10% of School fees. These are open to external and internal candidates and are given out based on academic merit in the Entrance Assessment.

To retain the Scholarship, pupils must maintain excellent academic effort and demonstrate high standards of behaviour. Pupils given one of our Scholarships may also apply for further financial support through a means-tested bursary.

Here’s a summary of the academic Scholarships available at Yarm School.


Music Scholarships are available for pupils on entry at 11+, 13+ or 16+. They must show reasonable all-round academic ability in the Entrance Assessment and a high standard of achievement on one or more instruments or voice. Pupils may also offer composition at 16+. A separate music audition is also given.

Pupils must demonstrate superb musical progress and a high level of involvement in the musical life of the School to retain their Music Scholarship.

We must receive applications for the academic year 2021/22 by Monday, 11th January 2021.

Our Scholarships: Sixth Form (16-18)

The education available at our independent Sixth Form is unrivalled. We offer students support both inside and outside of the classroom and understand what it takes to prepare them for life beyond school, whether that’s in the world of work or higher education.

We believe that ambitious, driven children should benefit from an independent education no matter their domestic circumstances. That’s why we offer four incredible Sixth Form Scholarships with up to 100% of our tuition fees paid for.

How do they work?

We award Sixth Form Scholarships to students with exceptional potential to succeed during and beyond Yarm Sixth Form. Students are means-tested and joint parental income must be below £45,000 per annum.

Here’s a summary of the Sixth Form Scholarships available at Yarm School…


We have two Science Scholarships available to high achieving applicants new to the School. They must secure a minimum of eight 7/8/9 grades at GCSE and are expected to study a selection of subjects including Mathematics and the Sciences.


Our Humanities Scholarships are available for outstanding new students who achieve a minimum of eight 7/8/9 grades at GCSE. Students are expected to study a selection of subjects, including Arts, Humanities and Languages.

How to apply for a Sixth Form Scholarship

Our application form is available here and must be submitted by Monday, 11th January 2021 along with the Supplementary Information Form and a copy of a recent school report. We will then request a reference from the student’s current school.

Candidates for scholarships will be required to sit a special assessment in two subjects of their choice on the morning of Saturday, 16th January 2021. The performance in this assessment, and information from school reports and references, will be used to shortlist applicants who will then be called to an interview with the Headmaster and Head of Sixth Form.

Arkwright Scholarships

We are one of a limited number of schools that offer the prestigious Arkwright Scholarships. Together with Arkwright, we aim to enable, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering and technical design.

These Scholarships are tenable for two Sixth Form years. Students must study maths at A-level and will be asked to demonstrate their plan to study engineering or technical design at degree level. Applications must be made by the end of January in the year the Sixth Form studies are to commence.

For more information about the benefits and requirements of the Arkwright Scholarships, visit the Arkwright Scholarship Scheme website or contact Mr Spence on

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