Scholarships and Bursary Awards

Scholarship Awards

Benenden enjoys a thriving programme for Scholars including Academic awards and our most accomplished musicians, artists, actresses, designers and sportswomen.

At Benenden, Scholarships are given to recognise talent and we are delighted to identify and reward that ability each year.

All awards made are honorary and do not therefore include any fee remission as part of the award. All Scholarship awards will be full in status and recipients will be invited to take part in our extensive Scholars' Mentoring Programme. The Programme provides access to a range of specialist enrichment activities to inspire girls and extend their knowledge, a mentor to guide and encourage her on her journey and important leadership opportunities.

Being a Scholar is a position of honour at Benenden. Whilst it does not carry any remission in fees, it does allow your daughter to play a key role in the life of the School and opens a world of opportunities from which she can expand her learning.

Financial assistance with fees, in the form of a means-tested Bursary award, may be available. Please see separate information on Bursary applications.

The information below sets out the range of Lower School and Sixth Form Scholarships available and, importantly, all the key dates you need to know for examinations, interviews and other assessments.

Bursary Assistance

Benenden is proud to offer bursary support to ensure that everybody has the same opportunities regardless of their financial circumstances. For entry to the School at all levels, candidates no longer require the award of a scholarship in order to access bursary support. The parents/guardians of girls who require financial assistance to attend the School are therefore encouraged to apply for a means-tested bursary.

Bursary application forms are available from the Registry and must be submitted for assessment no later than 1 September in the academic year in which your daughter is to sit the entrance examinations or pre-test.

There are four main types of bursary award available.

1. 11+ Fourths Award programme (previously the 11+ Trust Award Bursary programme)

Each year Benenden School can offer one or more places for a girl to enter the Fourth Form (11+ or Year 7).  Each place may be fully funded – that is to say up to 100% of school fees, subject to means-testing.

The 11+ Fourths Award is open only to girls attending one of the following local primary schools, located within a 7.5 mile radius of Benenden School.

Eligible Schools
Benenden CEP
Colliers Green CEP
Cranbrook CEP
Frittenden CEP
Goudhurst & Kilndown CEP
Hawkhurst CEP
Headcorn Primary
High Halden CEP
Horsmonden Primary
John Mayne CEP
Rolvenden Primary
Sandhurst Primary
Sissinghurst CEP
Smarden Primary
St Michael’s CEP (Tenterden)
Staplehurst School
Tenterden CEJ
Wittersham CEP

2. 16+ Founders Award (previously the Sixth Form Trust Award programme)

Each year Benenden School can offer one or more places for a pupil to enter the Sixth Form (16+ or Year 12).  Each place may be fully funded – that is to say up to 100% of school fees, subject to means-testing.  In addition to covering fees, if necessary, all school uniform costs would be covered and an allowance paid to cover two extra activities per term, eg musical instrument tuition, sports coaching, or extra drama, etc. The successful candidate would be expected to complete her education with us.

Applicants for the 11+ Fourths Award and 16+ Founders Award do not need to pay the Registration Fee.

Details of the 11+ Fourths Award and 16+ Founders Award programmes can be obtained separately from the Registry.

3. Continuity of Education Allowance supplement Bursary Award

Candidates who are in receipt of the UK government Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) for Service or Diplomatic Children may seek additional bursary support from Benenden via a means-tested bursary application. Bursary awards in these cases may typically be worth 10% of fees. To assist with forward planning, we will be pleased to consider such bursary requests at any time after Registration.

4. Benenden Bursary Awards at 11+, 12+, 13+, 14+ and 16+

Our general Bursary award progamme is open to all UK resident candidates. Awards are subject to means-testing and the eligibility criteria set out below.

Full details of the new Bursary Awards and the application process can be found below.

For any enquiries relating to Scholarship and Bursary awards, please contact Registry, on 01580 240592 or