Bursaries

Our means-tested bursaries are known as Beale Awards, named after our second and longest-serving Principal, Dorothea Beale, who was a pioneer in the education of young women. These awards offer fully or partially funded places to talented girls seeking either boarding or day places at College.

We are committed to educating those whom we believe are likely to flourish here, regardless of their means and these awards take into account both the financial circumstances of an applicant’s family and her performance in written entrance tests and interviews.

Across College, over 70 pupils receive fees support via a Beale Award. A significant number of these students receive 100% fees support, whilst others receive a percentage award determined through our financial means-testing process. All Beale Award families are also supported with pro-rated financial assistance towards the additional costs of attending school, such as uniform and co-curricular activities.

Beale Awards are available for entry to Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) and Year 12 (16+), and to families where we can ensure that the fee-paying parent(s) are resident in the UK for tax purposes.

How to apply

Families interested in applying for a Beale Award should complete our Beale Award Registration Form and submit it with the non-refundable £50 Beale Registration fee (rather than the Standard Registration form and £250 fee). 

Year 7 (11+) and Year 12 (16+) applicants will need to register by 1st May in Year 5 and Year 10 respectively. For Year 9 (13+), we operate an early entry process which means applicants must register by 1st May in Year 6.

The Beale Award process for Years 7 and 12 in 2023, and for Year 9 in 2024, has now closed. Applications for Beale Awards made after the published deadlines will not be considered. 

In addition to submitting a Beale Award Registration Form, we strongly encourage families who are considering applying for a Beale Award to contact the Admissions Department (bursaries@cheltladiescollege.org) well in advance. This will enable our team to support you through your Beale Award application, make you aware of additional steps in this process, and give you the greatest chance of being considered for the funds available.

Useful Documents

Beale Award Registration Form