The Scholarship and Bursary schemes support these aims by encouraging applications from gifted pupils and from pupils who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend Rishworth without financial support. Details of the schemes are set out below. All Scholarships and Bursaries are subject to the availability of funds.
Recipients of our Scholarships and Bursaries are expected to behave in an exemplary manner and to act as role models for other pupils. The conditions and obligations that attach to these awards are also set out below.
A number of scholarships are available for award to pupils entering the school in Year 7 in recognition of academic ability or with regard to Drama, Music or Sport. These are determined through assessment, interview and with reference to school reports.
The Wheelwright Scholarship is awarded for academic excellence and based upon performance in the Entrance Examination. Funds have been set aside to allow for a full free-place consisting of a 50% Scholarship and where it is appropriate, a means-tested 50% Bursary. Any Bursary support provided would be after application to the Bursar and dependent on a demonstration of financial need (see bursary section below).
Further Academic Scholarships may be awarded based upon performance in the Entrance Examination at the discretion of the Headmaster. As with the Wheelwright Scholarship, pupils in receipt of an academic scholarship may also apply for a Bursary.
All scholarships are open to pupils applying for entry to Rishworth School into Year 7 (11+ age). Past English and Maths Papers can be obtained from the Admissions Officer.
Sport, Music and Drama Scholarships are awarded for excellence in each respective sphere, at the discretion of the Headmaster. Candidates will be required to attend an assessment or audition on a date published by the school. Details about the application process can be obtained from the Admissions Officer.
A number of Scholarships (Academic, Drama, Music and Sport) are available to students entering the Sixth Form at Rishworth. Students within our current Year 11 are invited to apply for these Scholarships should they wish to and may do so even if they are already in receipt of another award. The aim of the Scholarship scheme is to recognise excellence and more particularly, discernible talent, ability and potential.
Students applying for an Academic Scholarship will write a short letter of application stating why they would like to be considered. Following this they will be invited to an interview where they will have the opportunity to talk more about their recent academic progress, their achievements and ambitions. Academic performance and progress (including recent exams) relating to their chosen course of study will be considered within the process. Pupils wishing to join the Rishworth Sixth Form from another school and who wish to be considered for an Academic Scholarship will be subject to the same process but required to submit information relating to their academic progress (such as reports and exam results) as part of the process. The school reserves the right to ask applicants to sit a suitable test to demonstrate ability as part of the process.
Students applying for Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships will write a short letter of application stating why they would like to be considered. Following this they will be invited to attend a short assessment, interview or audition as appropriate. Details about the application process can be obtained from the Admissions Officer.
A Bursary may be awarded to support a course of study following a demonstration of financial need and at the specific recommendation of the Headmaster. Such awards are reviewed on an annual basis at which stage the award may be renewed, changed or removed in accordance with each new demonstration of financial circumstances. In addition, bursary awards sometimes can be awarded for short periods of time to help support parents with sudden demonstrable financial problems.
All bursary awards are offered at the discretion of the School and are subject to available funds, demonstrable financial need, academic and personal reports assessed by the Headmaster and any other significant factors that the School feels might be applicable to the particular pupil.
Academic Awards: In line with its educational philosophy and outlook, Rishworth School does not conduct a separate Scholarship Paper. Parents need only complete the forms for the Entrance Examination.
Sport, Music and Drama Awards: Parents should complete the application forms that can be obtained from the Admissions Officer.
Academic Awards: Students will complete the application form, write a letter of application stating why they would like to be considered for a scholarship and provide details of someone who can provide an appropriate academic reference. External applicants must also provide documentation to demonstrate academic progress (see above) and inform the process. Following this, applicants will be invited to attend an interview. The school reserves the right to ask applicants to sit a suitable test to demonstrate ability as part of the process. Details about the application process can be obtained from the Admissions Officer.
Sport, Music and Drama Awards: Students will complete the application form and write a short letter of application stating why they would like to be considered. Following this they will be invited to attend a short assessment, interview or audition as appropriate. Details about the application process can be obtained from the Admissions Officer.
Parents interested in applying for a Bursary should contact the Headmaster or Bursar directly. Such contact will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. In addition to this, parents may like to be aware of:
1. A Bursary exists that was established in the last will and testament of Mabel and Dorothy Fielding and gifted to the school with very specific criteria. It can be awarded to male pupils wishing to board that have lived within the ancient parish of Halifax for the previous six years at the date of application. The award is a bequest to the school and made at the discretion of the School and can usually only be held by one individual at any time. The level of an award will be based on demonstrable financial need and have regard to available funds whilst they exist.
2. Old Rishworthians: Have a limited fund to assist parents in financial need – please contact the Bursar in the first instance.
1. Grant of the award: An Award is granted at the sole discretion of Rishworth School (the School).
2. Obligations of the Pupil: The pupil who is the subject of an Award is required to work hard, to contribute positively to the life of the School, to be a credit to the School and to set a good example to other pupils. The pupil must adhere to the School's required standards of conduct and progress. Pupils in receipt of Sport, Drama and Music awards have a particular obligation to involve themselves in and contribute fully to the area of school life that the award pertains to. These are the Purposes of the Award.
3. Obligations of the parent(s): The parents are required to:
3.1 - support and encourage the pupil to achieve the Purposes of the Award; and
3.2 - treat members of the School community reasonably and to uphold the aims and the good name of the School; and
3.3 - comply with the School's Terms and Conditions.
4. Means tested awards: All means tested awards will be subject to annual review and the parents shall each year be required to complete a financial means questionnaire. After any annual review, the School reserves the right to vary the value of the award with immediate effect and will confirm the new value in writing to the parents.
5. Continuation of the award: Continuation of the award is dependent upon the following conditions being fulfilled
5.1 - in the case of a means tested award, the parents satisfy the School's financial requirements each year, and/or
5.2 - in respect of all awards:
5.2.1 - the financial resources allocated by the School to support the award being sufficient to maintain the award; and
5.2.2 - it being in the financial interests of the School to maintain the award.
6. Confidentiality: The value and terms and conditions of the award shall remain confidential between the parents and the pupil and the School.
7. Termination of the award: The award may be terminated on the following grounds:
7.1 - termination on financial grounds: the School may terminate the award on one term's notice in writing if, in the opinion of the School Governors acting in good faith:
7.1.1 - the parents have not satisfied the School's fianancial requirements under clause 4 and clause 5.1; or
7.1.2 - the School is no longer able to continue the award under clause 5.2.
The termination shall take effect from the date set out in the written notice;
7.2 - termination on the grounds of conduct: the School may terminate the award by written notice sent to the parents with immediate effect if, in the opinion of the School Governors acting in good faith, one or more of the following conditions has been fulfilled:
7.2.1 - the pupil has not complied with the obligations set out in clause 2 and in the further opinion of the Governors there has been no significant improvement following consultation with the parents and / or pupil and the issue of a written warning; or
7.2.2 - the parents have not complied with the obligations set out in clause 3; or
7.2.3 - the parents of the pupil do not keep the value and terms and conditions of the award confidential in accordance with clause 6; or
7.2.4 - the parents withdraw the pupil from the School without providing a full term's written notice;
7.3 - repayment of the award: the parents will be required to repay all or part of the benefits received under the award if it is terminated in any of the following circumstances:
7.3.1 - under clause 7.1.1 if the parents have knowingly or recklessly provided false or inaccurate information about their financial position, all benefits received from the date on which the false or inaccurate information was supplied may be repayable; or
7.3.2 - under clause 7.2.1 if the pupil has been found to have committed a seious breach or series of persistent minor breaches of discipline for which the sanction would normally be expulsion or required removal, up to three terms' benefits (if received) may be repayable.
8. Fees in lieu of notice: For the avoidance of doubt, the benefit receivable under an award will not apply to any term for which the School requires payment of fees in lieu of notice.
9. Conditions of award: These conditions of award take precedence over any of the School's Terms and Conditions which are inconsistent with them but in all other respects the School's Terms and Conditions as amended from time to time shall apply and these conditions of award shall be interpreted in accordance with them.