Scholarships and Bursaries

Bursaries and Scholarships

At Truro School we are committed to offering both bursaries and scholarships.

We are pleased here to outline the difference between these two types of award and our approach to them for prospective pupils applying for entry in September 2023 or afterwards.


Truro School Bursaries are for pupils who will thrive at the School, but whose family circumstances mean the school fees are otherwise unaffordable. A bursary is a means-tested reduction in fees. Awards can range from 5% up to 100% of fees depending on assessed need. Any family may apply for potential financial assistance by submitting a means-tested bursary application. Bursary applications are reviewed on a case by case basis and outcomes of those reviews will establish whether bursary support is warranted and if so, at what level.

We offer our means-tested bursaries both as a means of financial assistance to support widening access to a Truro School education, and also as a means of supporting continuity of education to current Truro School pupils from families whose personal circumstances change unexpectedly for the worse. For more information, please visit our bursaries page here.

The standard entry points for bursary applications are at 11+, 13+ and 16+, however, applications to other senior school age groups may be considered.


Truro School scholarships are awarded to pupils who show exceptional ability or potential in their approach to academic studies or in their commitment to co-curricular activities.

From September 2023, with the exception of Choristers and Fencing, scholarships for pupils entering the School in Years 7-11 (1st-5th Year) will be awarded in the form of further enhanced educational opportunities for the scholars themselves, and not as reductions in fees (see below for more information). We take this approach because we believe the direct beneficiary of a scholarship should be the pupil. By this approach the school can and will target the budget associated with scholarship into creative scholarship opportunities directly.

At 16+ entry into our Sixth Form, for current pupils and those applying from outside Truro School, scholarships will take the form of a Diploma Scholarship Award, which will include 5-10% fee remission as well as similarly enhanced scholarship opportunities.

Further information

Further information about our Scholarships can be found here.

Further information about our Bursaries can be found here.

All candidates are required to register with the School before any type of scholarship or bursary application is made, and, if not currently a Truro School pupil, to pass the school’s entrance assessments. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team: [email protected]

Important Dates
Sixth Form Open EveningTuesday, 26 September 2023
Open MorningSaturday, 7 October 2023
Year 6 Activity MorningSaturday, 18 November 2023 (tbc)
Entrance ExamSaturday, 20 January 2024
Offer letters sent to parentsWednesday, 31 January 2024
Deadline for responses from parentsMonday, 4 March 2024
Important Dates for Scholarships and Bursaries
11+ and 13+ bursary application deadlineWednesday, 13 December 2023
11+ and 13+ fencing scholarship deadlineWednesday, 13 December 2023
13+ chorister scholarship deadlineWednesday, 13 December 2023
16+ bursary application deadlineFriday, 3 November 2023
16+ fencing scholarship deadlineFriday, 3 November 2023
Sixth Form diploma scholarshipsFriday, 3 November 2023
The Truro School Identity

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