How do I apply?
Please complete the application form available on the website’s “How to Apply” page.
How do you choose the children?
As a first step we will need to see your child’s most recent school report and, if applicable, SATs results. If at that time we have sufficient funds available to consider awarding a scholarship, your child will be invited to spend a day at the chosen school. All candidates are tested in maths, spelling, reading and writing and will also spend time in the classroom with children of their age. There is also a short interview with the headmistress.
What assessments are involved?
Candidates are tested in maths, spelling, reading and writing based on national curriculum assessments for their year group. We do not have sample papers but if you wish to familiarise yourself with the sorts of tests we use you may find it helpful to look at the practice papers in English, maths and reasoning (verbal and non-verbal) available to order online and from stores such as WHSmith.
It says on your website that we should tell you about any additional talents, such as unusually strong musical, drama or sporting abilities. If my child is at the top of their class but isn’t particularly strong in these areas should we still apply?
Strong supporting talents may be of supplementary interest. Our schools are proud of their tradition in providing a broad curriculum, and children reach high standards in art, music and sport. HST scholars may be successful in securing places at first class senior schools if they can also offer a talent beyond the academic curriculum which has been nurtured in a House School.
Who does the assessment and who decides?
Following the child’s visit, the relevant headmistress, in conjunction with any teachers who have had the candidate in their class and any teachers who have been involved in the test procedure, will discuss the child’s day and whether he/she would be a suitable candidate. If so, the parents are asked to complete a form giving details of their financial situation. This is looked at carefully and a recommendation is made to the House Schools Trust Trustees for a decision at their next meeting. These are held every school term. The Trustees make the final decision.
Will you give us feedback?
Do you always fund the fees in full? If not, what scale is used?
Family circumstances and financial situation are taken into account. In the past we have awarded scholarships of between 30% and 100% of the fees. As a guide, we are unlikely to award a scholarship to a family with a total annual income of more than £50,000. After a scholarship has been granted there is an annual review of the family’s circumstances to assess whether any changes require any corresponding changes to the scholarship funding.
What information do you need about income and/or assets?
After the assessment day you will need to complete a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstance form which asks for financial information in considerable detail, both income and assets. You can find a copy of this on the website here.
Are any/all extras paid for, for example uniform/trips?
How many scholarships are available each year?
When should we apply?
Are scholars identified as scholars at school?
Is there a sibling policy?
Can the scholarship be taken away at any time?
What help is there with secondary school applications?
The schools give a great deal of advice to parents about suitable secondary schools and the application process at 11+. Advice will also be given about the possibility of securing financial support for fees at secondary level although financial support beyond the House Schools Group cannot be guaranteed. The potential for securing such a place is one of the criteria taken into account when we award our scholarships.
Who founded the trust?
Sarah Eley was a founder headmistress, with Hermione Gerry, of Prospect House in 1991. Formerly she had taught in the state sector and at Putney High Junior School, where she was deputy head. She was also an inspector of independent schools. She and Mrs Gerry were founder trustees of the charity (then called Prospect House Educational Trust (PHET)) in 1997 and she was chairman of the Trust for some years. PHET became the House Schools Trust in 2011, offering scholarships across all three schools in the group. She is married with two children and six grandchildren. In retirement she enjoys patchwork and quilting, being with friends, making music with the grandchildren and travelling with her husband.