For September 2021 – Our Lady of Sion ‘Louise Humann’ Scholarship for entry to Year 10

As a reaction to the experiences of the past year, we are offering a new Year 10 scholarship for September 2021.   

This is a scholarship for Year 10 (current Year 9) students who have struggled to access learning during the periods of lockdown; for students who are struggling with a loss in confidence and self-esteem; or for those students who are deeply anxious about going back to a large class for their important GCSE years. This is for bright, motivated students who want to maximise their own potential with the authentic care and support that Sion can deliver.   

The Scholarship is named after an inspirational educationalist, Louise Humann, who was instrumental in the birth of Sion Education in the 1800s. This Scholarship is bringing life to the school’s motto ‘Consideration Always’, recognising the needs of students today.   

With its award-winning pastoral care and nurturing approach, alongside small classes and academic rigour, a Sion education focuses on the individual needs of each student. Our Lady of Sion knows their students very well and works tirelessly to strengthen confidence and empower every child to reach their own exceptional educational outcomes.   

With this new Scholarship, the aim is to offer further opportunities to those students who have been troubled by the experiences of the past year.   

For further information about the school and this scholarship, please contact the Admissions Registrar admissions@sionschool.org.uk . Closing date for applications for this scholarship is July 19th 2021. 

 


Bursaries

We offer means-tested awards annually to entrants at the usual points of entry, where the parents have indicated on the Registration Form that they require financial support. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support may vary according to parental need.


Considerations in the assessment process

Each application is considered on its own merits. It is recognised that judgments about what sacrifices a family should make to pay school fees will be personal.

However, the school has a duty to ensure that any financial support it offers is well focused and targeted towards those most in need. Therefore, in determining the appropriate level of assistance to be offered, in addition to current earnings and assets, other factors will be considered, including:

  • Family circumstances. The school will take family circumstances into account.
  • Costs associated with other dependants e.g. sick or disabled parents or children.
  • Substantial realisable equity in the applicant’s home and ownership of or interest in other properties or assets.
  • In cases of separation, the contribution made by the non-resident parent.
  • Contributions to school fees or household costs by other family members.

Review of Bursary Awards

Bursaries are always offered for 12 months at a time. The family is required to provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the school. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income.


Scholarships

Policy – awarding of Scholarships

Our Lady of Sion is keen to admit students with a wide range of talents and to encourage excellence in all areas.

Scholarships are offered to children entering the school in Years 7 and 12. A Scholarship is a discretionary privilege, subject to high standards of attendance, diligence and behaviour on the pupil’s part and to the parents treating the school and its staff reasonably. The awarding of a Scholarship is dependent upon a candidate’s performance in competitive examinations or assessments, which take place in January. For September 2021, a new Louise Humann Scholarship is being offered for Year 10 students – further details are available from admissions@sionschool.org.uk.

Candidates will only be called for an Academic Scholarship interview if they have reached the required standard in the entrance examinations. Scholarships are highly sought after and only a small percentage of scholarship applications are successful as scholarships are limited.

All awards are given as a percentage of the fees so that their relative value remains constant throughout a student’s school career. All scholarships are reviewed annually. Scholarships are not means tested.

The following scholarships are offered for Year 7 entry:

  • Academic
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Sport

A Sixth Form Scholarship is offered for Year 12 entry based upon GCSE results.