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Scholarships and Bursaries

Thornton Scholarship Examination

The Thornton Scholarship Examination takes place in the Lent Term and is open to children who will be moving into Year 3 the following September.

The Thornton Scholarship, offered by the school, may be up to a maximum of 50% of the school fees, although the actual percentage will depend upon the standard attained. The scholarship standard is not easy to achieve, as the school is looking for children of exceptional academic ability. Although this exam is open to all, it is set at scholarship level, and we recommend that only children attaining a standardised score of 120 (or equivalent) on a recognised formal assessment test should be entered.

The children sit three short papers: English writing task, Reading task, and Maths task. The children will also be interviewed by two senior members of staff. The interviews take place after the written exams. Children should bring a book - which may be fact or fiction - to the interview. There will also be a problem-solving exercise for pupils to undertake.

The tenure of award will last as long as the child is at The Croft, provided there is no obvious negligence to his or her school work. The percentage of the award will remain the same, whatever changes there are in the rate of inflation and School Fees. However, Scholarship pupils will be expected to pay the termly rate for School Lunches.

If you require further information about the scholarship please contact Sally Jeffcoate, Head of Admissions and Administrations at or +44(0) 1789 293795.


Bursaries are available for children from 5 to 11 years of age.

Croft Bursary Definitions

The Croft Preparatory School offers a scheme of means-tested bursary awards to help support families in the community who would not otherwise be able to afford some, or all, of the school fees.  These bursaries are available from Reception and are limited to available funds. 

Any financial assistance would be reviewed on an annual basis.

Means testing is established based on relevant 'net income', assessed on completion of the bursary application form. The amount of discount is offered on a sliding scale. 

In order to apply for a bursary the parents will be required to provide detailed financial information including income, expenditure and details of your net assets. The financial analysis is based on both parents, regardless of current living arrangements. Full terms and conditions of the assessment are included in the bursary application form.

If you are would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the Admissions Department.

If you require further information about bursaries, please contact Mr Barney Thornton at or +44(0) 1789 293795.

Alveston Hill, Loxley Road,
Warwickshire, CV37 7RL

T:01789 293795

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