Incidentally they seemed to have given a large number of high value (50%) scholarships this year, possibly an attempt to lure girls away from KEHS which gives away far less in academic scholarship. When I spoke to the lady at KEHS (Deputy I think?) she said that, of the girls/parents requesting a further visit, she hadn't come across anyone who hadn't got a scholarship for EHS, which was interesting.
They've been doing that for a few years now - our daughter was offered a 50% scholarship two years ago, as were both others from her state primary who applied that year, and a tutor I spoke to said all her pupils likewise. I don't think it's an attempt to lure people away from KEHS (obviously fails if that's the case, most of daughter's class are from EHS prep - and even a 50% scholarship can't compete with the sheer future-proofness - is there such a word? - of a KEHS assisted place for those who obtain one). I think it's more that they're trying to boost their academic strength, and replace the clever girls they lose to KEHS from their prep department, by recruiting clever girls from state schools. If that's the idea, their results over the last few years suggest it's working. My suspicion would be that any really able girl applying from a state primary will be offered a good scholarship.
We only wanted to put our daughter in for the GS exam, KEHS and one other indie as a final safety net; we also contemplated Solihull (but our daughter didn't want to go to a co-ed) and St Martins (but that seemed too small to be certain it would offer the right opportunities later on) so the choice went to EHS. I think I would have been quite happy if she'd ended up there, and the scholarship certainly meant we had to give it serious consideration, but after we went round everywhere again EHS was a definite distant third place in our minds behind CHG and KEHS.