De Neumann Scholarship

If your child is currently in Year 11 and has a strong interest in mathematics, then the De Neumann Mathematics Scholarship is worth considering.

The Royal Hospital School's founding mission of 'improving navigation' is deeply rooted in mathematics and navigational science, producing leaders in these fields for over 300 years. This tradition continues today amongst many of our alumni who have studied Mathematics and gone on to apply it within roles in commerce, industry, science and technology.

Professor Bernard de Neumann (1943-2018) was a former RHS pupil who was passionate about the history and continuing relevance of mathematics at the School. In 2019, the School received a gift from his estate to support the continued development of the subject. Thanks to this gift, we are now able to support gifted young mathematicians by giving them the life-changing opportunity to join our sixth form.


Every two years, RHS is able to offer a scholarship, of up to 100%, to a child from either Essex or Suffolk who is intending to study mathematics and/or further mathematics at A Level.

Applicants should:

  • Have a strong interest in mathematics (essential)
  • Have competed in UKMT Mathematical Challenges (preferred)
  • Be looking at a career in mathematics or engineering (desirable)
  • Have a high predicted grade in mathematics and a strong reference (essential)
  • Currently attend a state school (preferred)
  • Candidates will sit a test covering GCSE Mathematics material plus attend an interview with the Head of Mathematics and the Head of Sixth Form.

    Our current De Neumann Scholar, Owen (Year 13 pupil), says, "The De Neumann Scholarship has provided me with many opportunities, particularly growing my passion for maths, physics and chemistry, leading me to apply for aeronautical engineering courses at university. But it's more than just the academics, I have had new experiences that I wouldn't get anywhere else, especially on the sports field."

    If you are interested in applying for the De Neumann Scholarship, then click here to download the application form.

    Applications close on Monday 31 January 2022 and the assessment testing will take place on Friday 11 February 2022.

    If you have any questions regarding the De Neumann Scholarship, then please contact the Admissions team on admissions@royalhospitalschool.org or call on 01473 326136.