Scholarships and Bursaries

Bicentennial Scholarships

Year 7 and Year 9 Bicentennial Scholarships

External Candidates

All students applying to Princess Helena College who have achieved a high enough level of attainment on the Assessment Day in January will be invited to sit a further assessment and interview for the Bicentennial Scholarship.

Internal Candidates

Students who have achieved a high enough level of attainment within internal examinations (Year 9) or GCSE examinations (Year 11) will be invited to an interview that will assess their suitability for the Scholars programme.

The KS5 Bicentennial Scholarship

The KS5 Bicentennial Scholarship will be awarded based on high attainment across a range of GCSE subjects.

Creative Scholar Programme

Applicants can apply for a Scholarship if they excel in a particular area of academia, Art Dance, Drama, Music or Sports.

Our Scholarships are reserved for the most able of performers, and we expect that any recipients will have a passion for learning and demonstrate diligence and resilience.

Scholars are expected to take part in extra-curricular activities. They are also entered for any relevant competitions.

Practical assessments will be conducted in the candidate’s chosen subject (Art, Dance, Drama, Music or Sport).

Internal Candidates

For the Creative Scholars programme students must achieve a minimum Grade 7 their chosen subject at GCSE.

Creative Scholars Programme: Criteria


  • Creativity: Demonstrate inventiveness and originality in their artwork and approach/thought process.
  • Experimentation: explores and experiments with media and techniques with confidence and forethought. Has the ability to add refinement, achieving technical control, which results in a more sophisticated finished piece of artwork.
  • Materials and Processes: Students use materials and processes in creative, practical and inventive ways; they explore alternatives and respond to new possibilities and meanings
  • Formal Elements: composition, colour, space, line, form and movement are handled with great sensitivity and excellent visual understanding.


  • A well-structured solo performance demonstrating a strong sense of performance, including musicality, timing and focus.
  • Solo performance shows appropriate use of action, dynamics, and spatial elements to communicate the intended theme.
  • Appropriate choice and use of accompaniment for the chosen genre and theme, demonstrating their ability to ‘use’ the music.
  • Shows a range of well executed physical skills throughout routine, including flexibility, strength and balance.
  • Performs with sustained confidence; engaging with the audience.
  • Enthusiasm beyond the classroom


  • Performance demonstrates a detailed knowledge of the text provided
  • An independent, well informed, creative interpretation of character
  • Appropriate use of voice, space and movement in performance
  • Focused, sustained engagement with the audience/task
  • Analytical comments made in discussion
  • Obvious energy and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Collaborative approach to working with others
  • Proven commitment to drama outside of the classroom


  • Year 6 auditions (for the Years 7-9 scholarship): Grade 3/4
  • Year 9 auditions (for the Years 10-11 scholarship): Grade 5/6
  • Year 11 auditions (for the Years 12-13 scholarship): Grade 7/8
  • Engagement with and commitment to musical groups
  • Developing knowledge and aural skills
  • Performance skill
  • Ability to recognise and describe musical features


  • A high level of fitness
  • Excellent skills from a range of core sports
  • Proven success in sport (a range of, or a specific sport)
  • Proven commitment to sport outside of the school curriculum
  • A clear passion for sport


Princess Helena College has always strived to ensure that students who would benefit from an education at the School are not excluded for financial reasons. 

Each year we offer a limited number of means-tested bursaries to enable students to attend Princess Helena College whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford the fees. Applications are invited at 11+ (year 7), 13+ (Year 9) and 16+ (Year 12) only. Financial assistance is based on means-testing the household income and assets using a formula widely used within the independent sector and may include a home visit. 

Parents are required to make a written statement to support their application and bursary applications should be submitted prior to the Entrance Exam dates.

Awards range in value according to financial need and the funds available for bursaries allocated by the Governors and in all cases of financial support, parents are expected to contribute to the fees.

For those to whom a bursary has been awarded, the balance of fees due and any other additional charges for the term (e.g. bus travel) are payable by the parents. 

For more information about the scholarship or bursary procedure please contact our Registrar, Melanie Harper, melanie.harper@phchitchin.com.


Important Dates

Deadline for entrance scholarship and bursary applications - Friday 29 November 2019

Incoming Year 7 & 9 Assessment Day - Thursday 16 January 2020

Scholarship interviews - Monday 20 January - Friday 24 January 2020

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