Scholarships and Bursaries

At Newcastle School for Boys we offer our pupils both a scholarship and a bursary scheme. It is possible for a pupil to hold both a scholarship and a bursary, although they are awarded as two separate entities.

Our scholarships are awarded based upon a boy’s merit and potential whilst a bursary may be awarded based upon the family’s finances.

Scholarship Awards

Scholarships are awarded based upon a boy’s performance within their entrance and scholarship assessments.

The financial value of a scholarship award will vary usually up to a maximum of 50%.

In the Senior School, scholarships are available for entry into Years 7, 9 and the Sixth Form. They may be awarded for academic, sporting, music or artistic excellence. All-rounder awards are also available.

In the Junior School, academic scholarships are available for entry into Year 3.

The School also works in partnership with Newcastle Cathedral to offer choral scholarships worth £500 towards the cost of musical tuition to the cathedral’s choristers who also attend Newcastle School for Boys.

Those wishing to apply for a scholarship into one of the above entry years should state so when completing their application form for a place at the School. We will then be in touch to arrange your son’s scholarship assessment.

Our scholarship assessments take place on our assessment day early each spring term.

High Level Sixth Form Scholarship

For boys entering Year 12, Newcastle School for Boys will be offering the opportunity to apply for one of a small number of our High Level Sixth Form Scholarship Awards, offering up to 100% scholarship awards for those showing exceptional talent.

These awards will be available to pupils performing at the highest level for their age in their chosen category. Performance guidelines for each area have been identified as:

Academic – Standardised score of 125 or higher placing them in the top 5% nationally for their age group

Music – ABRSM Grade 7 or above (or equivalent) with a very strong portfolio

Sport – On a sporting performance pathway, likely through an academy. Playing at county level or above (or equivalent)

Boys will be assessed as part of the School’s entrance and scholarship assessment days in January.

All successful applicants will be expected to meet the School’s sixth form entry requirements i.e. a minimum of five passes at GCSE including English and Mathematics.

Bursary Scheme

Newcastle School for Boys is committed to maintaining broad access for pupils who would benefit from the excellent all-round education at the School by offering assistance with the payment of fees to parents who are otherwise unable to afford them.

Help to boys in Year 3 and above is available with fees on a sliding scale linked to family income and other financial information

In most circumstances, the maximum level of assistance is 50% of the fees (in exceptional circumstances the Governors can decide to increase this). Each case is considered on its merits but it is unlikely that any significant bursary award would be made to a family with a gross income of more than £60,000.

The level of assistance will be reviewed annually and parents will be required to provide details of their income and capital each year to enable their contribution to fees to be re-assessed.

Those interested in applying for a bursary should state so when completing their application form for a place at the School, following receipt of which we send out our Bursary Application Form for completion.

Should you have any questions about applying for either a scholarship of bursary assistance for your son, please contact us on or 0191 255 9303.

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