Thornton College offers scholarships in recognition of outstanding achievement and potential for internal and external students every year. 

We offer scholarships into Years 7, 9 and 12.  Scholarships are limited and are offered by the Executive Team in consultation with the Governors. They are offered as a discount on fees ranging from 10-30% and are not means-tested. Students can be entered for more than one scholarship award but normally only one may be granted.  In rare cases, a student may receive a combined award.  

Scholarships into Year 7 & 9 are offered in the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

Scholarships into Year 12 are offered in the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Open scholarship

All students in receipt of a scholarship award are expected to assist at major events such as open mornings and represent the school in areas related to their scholarship awards, such as competitions. 

External candidates applying for a scholarship must be registered for a place at Thornton College and a reference will be requested from the candidate’s present school

There are two parts to the scholarship application at Thornton.  Part one involves a morning of CATS/MidYis/Yellis tests, depending on which year group your daughter is applying for.  If successful, she will be invited for part two which involves a full day at Thornton where she will experience a day in her year group followed by an audition, depending on her chosen category.  For full details, please click on the categories below.

Scholarships are awarded on the clear understanding that the recipient will complete her education at Thornton to the end of Key Stage 4 (GCSE). The discount on fees under a scholarship must be reimbursed if a scholar is withdrawn before the end of Year 11 / Year 13.  Students in receipt of a scholarship at Year 7 or Year 9 will need to re-apply for a scholarship at Sixth Form entry.

Scholarship Application Form

If you would like to apply for a scholarship for your daughter, please use the below form.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 30th November 2021.
To be considered, please complete the below application form and email your supporting documents to

Assessments will take place in January/February 2022.

Please note if you are a current Thornton student please apply via My School Portal.