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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:58 am 
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Hi all,
I got a letter from leading private school in Reading that my DD is been offered 10% scholarship.
One of my friend says that, this is a catch... how they convince the parent by giving token amount.

My question is does that happen to every single applicant or they offer 10% to only bright girls?
Is my DD really got good score or its just to convince us?
I am really confused about this scenario . we come from state school and have very limited knowledge about independant schools and its system.

can anybody guide me in any direction
Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:07 pm 
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It is tricky with these scholarships - they are for relatively small percentage of the fees (50% would be a lot more attractive).

When looking at senior schools for DCs I was aware of schools giving lots of small scholarships for art / drama / all rounder - many parents turned them down to take up places at schools they preferred.
Upshot as far as the fees were concerned - the scholarships tended to bring the fee level down to that of other local schools ie the more scholarships available, the higher the fees in the first place.

I have also come across some schools offering tiny music scholarships that give little more than the Kudos and various obligations to play in orchestras etc.

re the offer you have - you need to look at all the options and if you like the school then go for it but don't feel you have to go just because of the 10% scholarship


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:07 pm 
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Would you send your child there regardless of scholarship offer?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:22 pm 
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Have sent you a pm


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:04 pm 
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Rabidium..i think no.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:07 pm 
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Thankyou hemmuster and all its helping me to get a clear picture.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:12 pm 
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Hi Omnismum,

Well done to our dd for getting a scholarship. Schools tend to offer a small number of scholarships to kids who do well in the exam and interview . They are not offered to all children. If it is a school that you really want , 10% off the fees may make a small difference which you might appreciate given the cost of school fees these days . It will also help to boost your dd's confidence that she did well enough to have been offered a scholarship .


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:16 pm 
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Making an educated guess at the school, then no they do not offer to everyone a scholarship. It is purely on the exam score so your DD has done very well. They offer approx 10 out of a year group of around 100.
It is more a matter of kudos rather than finance - 10% is not enough to influence a buying decision.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:20 pm 
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Some private schools offer the child £100 and the title of scholar. Many schools only offer scholarships on financial need.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:35 pm 
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Many independent schools detail the number/amount of scholarships on their website-you may find this is the case for this school. I think it very unlikely that they would offer a scholarship to all. At my son's school the top scholarship is 50% of the fees. At my daughters school the top scholarship is only £1000. The kudos is the same but the financial difference is enormous!


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