Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
The Royal Masonic School for Girls is committed to demonstrating that we provide public benefit and we regard it as educationally beneficial to widen access to the education we offer; this has always been a distinctive feature of RMS whose foundation was essentially charitable.
Scholarships and exhibitions are offered to encourage and reward excellence; they are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement or promise in a particular sphere and involve financial support up to a maximum of 25% of the annual fee. Scholars will be given regular opportunities for prominence and leadership within their given specialism. Academic scholars will be expected to maintain high standards of work across the curriculum.
Bursaries provide financial assistance to enable suitable girls whose parents could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit, or continue to benefit, from an education at The Royal Masonic School for Girls. These awards are subject to means testing.
The number of awards made each year will vary according to the quality and circumstances of candidates and the availability of funds. Unlike many other schools, RMS does not have a separate endowment fund for such fees assistance which is all financed directly from school income within a budget authorised by the Governors. Please note that, due to the limited funds available, it is not usual for Bursaries to be awarded to pupils below Year 7.
Awards are given in recognition of excellence with regard to academic achievement in the entrance examination, Sport, Art, All Rounder potential and Music. For Sport, Art, All Rounder and Music
All 11+ applicants are considered as potential academic scholars and no separate application is necessary. A small number of candidates will be invited to return for academic scholarship testing in early February, based on the results of the entrance assessments.
Please download the 11+ Scholarship Application Form here
Awards are given for academic excellence, Music, Art/Textiles, Sport and Performing Arts.
For further information about Scholarships, see below or contact Mrs Gail Braiden, Admissions Manager, on 01923 725354 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bursaries (means-tested assistance) enable suitable girls whose parents could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from an education at The Royal Masonic School for Girls; they may be awarded to girls who reach the School's required standards but who require financial assistance to take up a place; alternatively they may be awarded to enable an existing pupil at a crucial stage in their education to remain in the School during a period of financial difficulty. These awards are subject to means testing, under a standard formula widely used within the independent sector, at the time the offer is made and annually thereafter (please refer to the Bursary Policy below). The number of awards made in any one year will vary according to the quality and circumstances of candidates and the availability of funds.
The School does not currently benefit from external endowments to fund such fees assistance and the Governors' current criteria and priorities regarding the awarding of the limited funds available for bursaries is as follows
- Scholarship Support Bursary – additional means-tested support to allow a new girl, who has been awarded a scholarship, to take up her place here, where financial circumstances would otherwise prevent her from doing so. Typically this is limited to a maximum of 25% of fees payable. Application for Scholarship Support for Sport, Art, All Rounder and Music Scholarships should be made at the same time as the Scholarship application itself, by the completion of the "Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances" which can be downloaded here. The deadline for these Scholarship Support applications is Tuesday 1st December 2015. You will be given an opportunity to apply for Support for an Academic Scholarship if you daughter is invited for testing.
- Hardship Bursary – short-term means-tested assistance to help parents of an existing girl keep her at the School in times of unexpected financial difficulty, until such time that the full fees can be paid or the girl can move into the maintained sector with minimum disruption to her education. Applications for such assistance should be made as far in advance of the term in which the assistance is needed as possible; assistance will rarely be given towards fees that are already in arrears.
- Entrance Bursary – in a few exceptional circumstances a very limited contribution towards fees may be made to assist a girl take up a place in the School where, although not of scholarship standard, she has considerable ability and talent or is in real need psychologically so that she would particularly benefit from attending the School. Such assistance would be considered upon the direct recommendation of the Headmaster.
For more information about RMS's Scholarships and Bursaries, click here https://www.rmsforgirls.org.uk/820/applying-to-rms/scholarships-and-bursaries-2019-entry-
Sisters of girls already in the School will be eligible for a reduction of 5%. Full time members of HM Forces will be eligible for a 10% reduction in fees.
Once the parent or guardian has accepted the offer of a place in the School, he or she is required to give the Head, in writing, a least one full term’s notice of the withdrawal of the pupil concerned, irrespective of whether or not the girl has joined the School, otherwise payment of the School fees for the following term will be due. In the event of the Head requiring a girl to be removed from the School for misconduct, no part of the current term’s fee will be refunded. Full details of the provisions on Notice and Fees in Lieu of Notice can be found in our Terms and Conditions Section 9 http://bit.ly/1NDrfMr
Further information about our fees can be found on our website https://www.rmsforgirls.org.uk/511/applying-to-rms/fees
We actively encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and we welcome the diversity and enrichment this brings to our community. To ensure that an RMS education is within the grasp of those less able to afford the fees, there are means tested bursaries available - please see the Scholarships and Bursaries section.
We are academically selective but we pride ourselves on the superb results achieved by girls with learning difficulties whom we are happy to accept, provided that our Learning Support Department is confident that RMS can meet the needs of each individual.
A place may be offered when a candidate has completed the entry examination and interview, and references from her previous school have been provided. Academic ability is not, however, the only criterion on which a place is offered. Our selection process is designed to identify pupils who will not only benefit from our balanced and rounded education, but who will also make a positive contribution to school life depending on their individual talents and interests.
Girls with sisters already in the School are given priority at all levels, but a place is not automatic.
Girls wishing to move from Ruspini House to Cadogan House are not guaranteed a place and will be considered for a place as an equal to those applying for the first time at the age of 4. Girls transferring from Cadogan House to Senior School and also from Senior School to Hind House will be guaranteed a place in all but the most exceptional circumstances; a girl will never be asked to leave for academic reasons.
Please note that girls are only placed on the Applicants’ List for Admission on receipt of a completed Registration Form and Registration Fee, which should be sent to the Registrar, Mrs Gail Braiden. A student will then be invited for entrance assessment in the January of the year that she wishes to join the School. The Registration Fee covers administration costs and is not refundable.
Places may be available for entry at other times, and girls will be tested in English, Mathematics and
Non-Verbal Reasoning, and are interviewed by the Headmistress. They may then be invited to spend a full day at RMS to ensure the School is an appropriate choice for them.
In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act, parents should provide details of any reasonable adjustments that their daughter may require in relation to the entrance examinations.
Copies of the school prospectuses can be downloaded here http://www.rmsforgirls.org.uk/797/applying-to-rms/welcome-to-rms-admissions/school-prospectuses-2017-18