Scholarships and Awards

Various scholarships, including academic, music and sports scholarships, are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry levels for strong candidates, whether boarders or day boys. Scholarships are awarded on consideration of entrance examination results.

Anyone interested in finding out more about our scholarships and awards is asked to contact Miss Ellie Townsend, Admissions Registrar, on 01600 710433

Music Scholarships and Music Exhibitions

11+ Music Auditions January 2020, by arrangement
13+ Music Auditions January 2020, by arrangement
Sixth Form Auditions November 2019, by arrangement
  • At age 11 (usually grade 3 or above on main instrument)
  • At age 13 (usually grade 5 or above on main instrument)
  • At age 16 (usually grade 6 or above on main instrument)
  1. 2 pieces on the candidate’s main instrument
  2. Scales and arpeggios at the appropriate grade
  3. Sight reading and aural tests at the appropriate grade
  4. A second study if possible
  5. Singing

Candidates should also be prepared to answer general questions on their musical interest e.g. composing, harmony, concerts, instruments, choirs and orchestras.  Successful candidates will be expected to show some knowledge of theory and to take the GCSE Music course.  Sixth Form Music Scholars would be expected to study Music to A level.  Award holders should show signs of outstanding potential and enthusiasm.  They will be expected to offer a strong and positive example of commitment to their peers.

Hitchcock Sixth Form Award

Thanks to the generosity of past pupil David Hitchcock, Monmouth School for Boys is delighted to invite applications for the Hitchcock Sixth Form Awards. This will be awarded biennially and will be means-tested and could cover up to 75% of the fees. All applications will be assessed in October/November.

David, who was born in Ebbw Vale, attended Monmouth School for Boys in the 1970s after he won the Williams Jones Scholarship. During his time at Monmouth, he fully participated in the many extra-curricular activities that the school had to offer: playing the piano, organ and viola; acting in school plays; being a member of the Monmouth School for Boys’ Challenge General Knowledge Quiz team that became UK Champions; and becoming a member of the 1st XV. He won an Open Exhibition to Pembroke College Cambridge, where he gained a boxing blue to add to his musical accomplishments. After graduating from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and serving with the Royal Regiment of Wales and the Gurkhas, he began his career in the City and is currently Executive Chairman at Cyrus Investment Management.

David said, “I feel strongly that without the Williams Jones Scholarship, my life would have been very different and I wish to provide a similar opportunity to future generations. It is important for me to repay, as best I can, the help I was given. Monmouth School for Boys offered me, and many other boys, a chance to develop at a crucial and formative time, and the wonderful experience it gives boys today is even more special.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the scholarship is asked to contact Miss Ellie Townsend, Admissions Registrar, on 01600 710433.

Vaughan Jones Sports Scholarship and Awards

Sports Scholarships and Awards Guidelines
11+ Sports Trials Wednesday 29th January 2020
13+ Sports Trials Friday 17th January 2020
Sixth Form Sports Trials Thursday 14th November 2019 or Thursday 23rd January 2020
  1. Details of the candidates sporting achievements should be provided along with the names of two people who are able to comment on the candidate’s proficiency and potential in sport.
  2. Short-listed candidates will be invited to the School for trials and aptitude tests.
  3. Candidates must fulfil the academic requirements for entry and have a satisfactory report from their school.

Award holders must be prepared to play a full and active part in sport within the school and offer a strong and positive example of sporting commitment to their peers.

Application forms for Music and Sports Awards may be obtained from the Admissions Registrar, 01600 710433

Mountjoy Awards and Old Monmothian Awards

The Mountjoy Awards and Old Monmothian Awards offer financial support to candidates who show all-round ability and potential.

EF Bulmer Award

The Trustees of the EF Bulmer Benevolent Fund provide bursaries to sponsor a girl and/or a boy biennially in the Sixth Form at either Monmouth School for Girls or Monmouth School for Boys. The fund was established in 1938 by Frederick Bulmer and since its inception has benefited hundreds of local people in a huge variety of ways. The award will offer an outstanding opportunity for a Herefordshire pupil to study at schools, which have gained a national reputation for academic, sporting and musical excellence. The Trustees have stipulated that the applicants must be resident in Herefordshire and would not otherwise have been able to afford a place at the schools.

The Bulmer’s Award will be means-tested and will cover up to 50% of the fees.


The Governors of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are committed to broadening access to the schools by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with payment of school fees.  Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of the applicants, including the number of children in the family. Pupils holding bursaries may also be given help with travel and other expenses.

Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:

  • Existing pupils where a change in parents/guardians’ circumstances has resulted in difficulty in meeting tuition fees and may result in the child being withdrawn part way through a stage of education.
  • New applicants to the school, where parents/guardians are unable to fund all or part of the tuition fees. In order to be considered for assistance, application forms must be completed prior to assessment.

A Bursary may be applied for by parents who feel they are unable to accept or retain a place without financial help. All awards are subject to a review each year and may be varied upwards or downwards, depending on family circumstances. Financial support may be made available to parents/guardians of children entering Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.  Bursaries are not normally available for pupils at the prep schools or pre-prep. Parents/guardians seeking financial assistance are required to complete an application form which seeks to establish the financial circumstances of the household.  The form, which requests details of income and capital, must be accompanied by full documentary evidence. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly at the discretion of the Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys or Headmistress of Monmouth School for Girls, subject to the school’s ability to fund these in the context of what is viable within its overall budget.

The schools respect the confidentiality of Bursary awards made to families and recipients are expected to do likewise.

To discuss the Bursary scheme in more detail, please contact Mrs Tessa Norgrove, Foundation Bursar on 01600 710401.

To request an application form together with guidance notes, please contact the relevant Admissions Registrar:

Monmouth School for Boys, Miss Ellie Townsend
Tel: 01600 710433
Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Karen Stafford-Smith
Tel: 01600 711104

HM Forces Bursaries

Service Families are guaranteed to pay only 10% of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools boarding fees – as long as they are eligible for the Continuity of Education Allowance.

The Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools enjoy a close relationship with the Armed Forces.  The schools have many years of experience providing high levels of care and support for our boarders from Service families and many past pupils currently serve in the Forces.

With growing uncertainty over eligibility for the Continuity of Education Allowance, the schools are keen to provide reassurance that they will, subject to availability, offer means-tested bursaries to ensure continuity through key stages to Service families who lose their eligibility for the Allowance through unforeseen circumstances, for example compulsory redundancy.