Every year, we are delighted to recognise and support pupils who have artistic, academic or sporting gifts, with Scholarship Awards, Headmaster’s Awards and Bursary Awards (also known as Assisted Places). We warmly invite day and boarding pupils from any school to apply for an award and discover the benefits of an inspiring Taunton School education.       

Our Scholarship and Headmaster’s Awards recognise outstanding ability and potential in Academic, Sport, Music, Drama, Art,  Design Technology and Computer Science. Candidates may enter for more than one discipline or for an all-rounder which recognises academic ability plus another strength in a different area.  Awards are given for the whole of the child’s school career, assuming they continue to perform as a Scholar and some pupils will also receive fee assistance through Bursary Awards. At Taunton School we are proud to help our students to aim high and achieve their goals and this includes being offered places at Oxbridge and leading Universities in the UK, USA and Europe. We are educating our pupils to give them the qualifications and confidence to pursue their chosen careers anywhere in the world.

We offer the broadest possible curriculum in the Senior School and our year 11 and sixth form results are regularly amongst the best in the region.  As a non-selective school, we are particularly proud of this achievement and feel it is testament to our aim of helping every pupil reach their true potential.

What are the differences between Scholarship Awards, Headmaster’s Awards and Bursary Awards? 

Scholarship awards are given to recognise talent in different areas.  Pupils are invited to apply and take part in a structured assessment which may involve an exam or audition, for example, as well as a short interview. Scholarships are awarded for entry into year 7, year 9 and sixth form (year 12) and remain with the pupil until they leave school at the end of upper sixth.  Scholarship entry and information packs are on the website and available from our Admissions Manager. These prestigious scholarship awards usually offer a day or boarding fee discount.

Headmaster’s Awards are also merit-based and are available for pupils joining the school outside of the regular scholarship periods. They reward and recognise talent in the same way as scholarship awards do and are similarly assessed.  Recipients are expected to take part in all scholars’ sessions and will benefit from the same opportunities as scholars.  Headmaster’s awards are also usually offered with day or boarding fee remissions.

Bursary Awards are means-tested and offer fee assistance to enable talented pupils to join the school who might otherwise be unable to do so, due to financial circumstances.  These awards are sometimes called Assisted Places. A bursary application form can be obtained from our Admissions Manager or downloaded from the website. Please do feel free to call or email for assistance if needed.  The form can be completed and submitted in confidence online (preferably) or by post, along with any required supporting documentation. The result of the application process will be given to the Headmaster for his decision.

It is possible for a pupil to receive bursary support to top up a Scholarship or Headmaster’s Award, when affordability may be a barrier to entry. Bursary awards are also offered to provide standalone fee assistance which is not linked to a scholarship application.

If you are interested in applying for a Scholarship, Headmaster’s Award or bursary assistance, kindly  complete the online enquiry form below.  You are also welcome to speak to our Admissions Manager on 01823 703702 or email registrar@tauntonschool.co.uk with any questions.  Recognising  that every family’s situation is different, we are more than happy to offer you personalised guidance and help with your application.



As soon as the Scholarship application deadlines for academic year 2020/2021 are available this page will be updated. 

International Baccalaureate Scholarships

Taunton School offers a means tested IB Scholarships covering up to 100% of the total fees. This is made possible thanks to philanthropist Ian Evans Lombe. Please contact us for more information: registrar@tauntonschool.co.uk. An application form can be found here. Please note that a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances form must be filled alongside any application. The closing date for receipt of applications is 2nd March 2020.

Applicants will be required to submit a 400 word essay. Essay submissions required by 4th March 2020. Applicants will also be invited to our selection day on the morning of 17th March 2020, a programme of which will be sent near the time confirming timings and interview details. Please note in support of each application, a reference will be sought from student’s current head teacher.

11+, 13+ and 16+ Scholarships

We also offer 11+, 13+ and 16+ Scholarships but the application deadlines for 2020 entry have already passed. This page will be updated with the  Scholarship application deadlines for academic year 2020/2021 as soon as they are available. To see last years application packs and sample papers

16+ Scholarship 2020 application pack.

13+ Scholarship 2020 application pack.

Click to see the 13+ sample papers for English, Math, Philosophy and Science.

11+ Scholarship 2020 information pack and 2020 application form.

Assisted Places Enquiry

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