Haberdashers’ Aske’s School For Girls

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Habs is a happy, hard working, well-focussed community drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We celebrate our traditions as being part of the larger Habs’ family but we are also very proud of our ability to nurture our pupils and prepare them to be active citizens of a global 21st century, meeting the opportunities and challenges it will throw in their way.

We have an excellent reputation for the academic attainments of all our pupils but we also believe in the development of the whole person, whether it is excelling in music, sport and drama or simply enjoying participating in them. Charity fund-raising, working with the wider and global community and looking beyond our beautiful campus location are all important aspects of the education provided here.

The days are busy and creative; lessons are fun and varied but there is also the time and space for pupils to reflect on their lives and their dreams.

We strive to encourage independent learning and we hope that our pupils will relish the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. Our pupils leave to take up places at the top universities with many happy memories of their time here, returning later in their careers to support another generation of Habs’ girls as they take their next steps into the wider world.

Whether a girl joins us at 4, 7, 11 or 16 they will find their time here energising and rewarding; they will be known for themselves and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Entrance examinations consist of: 11+: Maths, English and an interview. 16+: exam papers in chosen subjects and an interview. No past papers given.

Individual Educational Needs

Every girl is treated as an individual. Special individual needs include: those of the exceptionally able; mild learning difficulties; physical difficulties; those of girls whose religious or other commitments require special consideration.

Two specialist co-ordinators work across the age ranges (4 – 11, 11 – 18), and closely with, the pastoral heads and senior management. There are on-going observations by subject staff of year groups, the feedback from which is followed up by the specialist staff. Girls with known medical conditions are on a special medical register and the school nurse holds individual medical plans. All staff are expected to familiarise themselves with girls’ needs on a need-to-know basis. Special provision is made for those who need to miss school, or fast, for religious reasons.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance
Awards of Financial Assistance are means tested and made on the basis of an assessment of the income and assets of the family. Girls holding full fee awards may also be given help with travel and other expenses. Awards may also take account of academic merit, and can be offered in conjunction with an academic or music scholarship. We are keen to encourage applications from parents whose daughters would benefit from attending Habs and who, in our judgement, would make a significant contribution to the life of the school, but for whom finding the school fees would be difficult.

Academic scholarships:
Scholarships are offered at entry at 11+, to candidates who have achieved outstanding results in the entrance examination and the subsequent interviews; on academic merit irrespective of financial means. Habs does not hold special scholarship examinations and no separate application is necessary. The value of scholarships is up to 50% of fees and the award is valid for the whole time that a girl studies at the school.

Music scholarships:
Music Scholarships are awarded at 11+ and sometimes at 16+ to girls who show particular musical ability. Girls must pass the entrance examination and a music audition with the Director of Music to be considered. Music Scholarships can also be offered in conjunction with academic and awards of Financial Assistance. Parents who feel that their daughter is eligible should fill in a music scholarship application form, available on the website.

Application proceedure:

  • You should complete a Registration Form in the normal way.
  • In November all applicants will receive a request to confirm the information recorded. Included will be details of our Financial Assistance scheme and an invitation to make an application. Parents who would like to be considered for Financial Assistance should indicate their interest and request an Application Form by ticking the relevant box. The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 14 December.
  • Applicants will be asked to complete a Preliminary Statement of Financial Circumstances, giving details of the family’s financial situation, including details of earnings in the previous tax year. This is used by the school as the basis for an initial estimate of support.
  • After the Entrance Examination in January, a shortlist of candidates will be called for interview, and the Bursar will meet parents of those girls who have applied for Financial Assistance in order to discuss their application.
  • 11+ offers are made in mid-February. The offer letter will indicate whether Financial Assistance is available and to what extent the school can assist with school fees, so that the family can decide whether or not to accept the offer. The level of the award is subject to completion of an end of year declaration of actual income figures which will be requested in late April or early May. Details of the actual sum that can be made available will be notified in July, before the end of the school year.

For more information about the bursary application process, please contact the Bursar’s office and we will be pleased to help in any way we can: e: the school@habsgirls.org.uk t: 0208 266 2346

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