Awards and Means-tested Bursaries

The Royal Hospital School is committed to maintaining broad access for talented pupils who would benefit from an outstanding all-round and full education by rewarding talent through a limited number of awards as well as offering financial support through means-tested bursaries.


All our awards (Scholarships and Exhibitions) reward excellence based on performance assessment. They normally constitute a modest discount on the full fee and are subject to review; the details are included in the award offer. The number of these awards are at the discretion of the Headmaster and are subject to the school’s budgetary constraints. The award in some cases may be 'Honorary', whereby the recipient gains the accolade of being an award holder but with no monetary discount.

Awards Booklet



Tuesday 7 November 2023
Closing date for application and scholarship forms

Monday 13 November 2023
Year 7 Sailing Scholarship Assessments

Tuesday 14 November 2023
Year 9 Sports Scholarship and Year 12 Sailing Scholarship Assessments

Wednesday 15 November 2023
Year 9 Sailing Scholarship Assessments

Thursday 16 November 2023
Year 7 Sports Exhibition Assessments

Friday 17 November 2023
Years 7-12 Music Scholarship Assessments

Saturday 18 November 2023
Years 7-10 Entrance Assessments
Year 12 Academic Scholarship Assessments
Year 7 Creativity Exhibition Assessments
Year 9 Creativity Scholarship Assessments
Year 7 Drama Exhibition Assessments
Year 9 Drama Scholarship Assessments

Tuesday 28 November 2023
Year 7 Academic Exhibition Assessments
Year 7 Academic Scholarship Assessments

Friday 26 February 2024
De Neumann Assessment


Means-Tested Bursaries

Candidates in receipt of an Scholarship, Exhibition or Award may be eligible to apply for additional assistance by way of a means-tested Royal Hospital School bursary should the financial circumstances of the family necessitate it. Bursaries may be awarded in the form of discounts on the boarding or day fee, depending on the financial circumstances of the applicants and subject to the School’s budgetary constraints but would not normally constitute more than 50% of the full fee. For more information regarding criteria, please contact the Admissions Team on 01473 326136 or

support for naval seafarers

The Royal Hospital School is part of Greenwich Hospital, a Crown naval charity, one of whose charitable objectives is to provide for the education of the children of seafarers. The school is proud of its historic links with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary. This is why we are able to offer discounts and generous bursaries to 1st generation seafaring families so their child or children can benefit from an outstanding education at one of the country’s leading co-educational boarding schools.

Support for Seafarers information

Service Families

The full boarding fees are discounted for those in receipt of MOD Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). If the candidate is granted an Award for outstanding performance, this will confer scholar’s privileges and the relevant accolades but will be represented by a non-monetary Honorary Award.

service families information

Royal Springboard Bursaries

The Royal Hospital School is an accredited Royal SpringBoard School. Through our work with this nationally acclaimed charity we have been able to provide life-transforming opportunities to disadvantaged and vulnerable children who would benefit from the positive impact of a boarding school environment.

If you believe that your child would merit a bursary and you meet the criteria, you can contact Royal SpringBoard directly to find out whether you are eligible. Your suitability will be assessed by looking at a number of factors:

  • Low family income. If you are eligible for Free School Meals, then this is a good indicator that you could apply
  • Lack of parental care, where no other suitable care is available due to the death of a parent, a severe illness or a disability
  • Where there is a sibling who has a disability that affects the well-being of the rest of the family
  • All candidates must be British citizens or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

For more information click here: Home | Springboard ( 

Sibling Discount

Families with two children in the School at the same time receive a 5% discount on the boarding or day fee for the eldest child. Those with three children in the school are eligible for 10% discount for the eldest and 5% discount on the second eldest and those with four children will receive 15% discount on the eldest, 10% on the second eldest and 5% on the third eldest, when all are at school at the same time. The sibling discount does not apply to fees discounted by a means-tested bursary, Continuity of Education Allowance and certain other discounts.


The award of internal scholarships is conducted on the basis of the observations and experiences of the faculty leads (art, sailing, sport, drama, music). There is no application process but the faculty leads will make recommendations to the Head and the awarding panel. All recommendations will be considered and parents will be notified if an award is made. It is anticipated that a limited number of awards will be made each year.