Scholarships are numerous and highly prized, but no longer attract fee remission. They are awarded in recognition of proven talent. Scholarships currently exist to recognise distinctive academic ability or special talent in Art, Drama, Music, Sports and Technology. A significant number of General Scholarships are offered to reward all-round talent and leadership. All scholarships are won in open competition and are awarded solely on merit. Scholars are expected to provide the School with intellectual and cultural leadership. All scholarships are underpinned by bursary assistance if the financial circumstances of the individual family necessitate it.
All awards are conditional upon success in the entrance examinations. When candidates stay in Oundle for assessment the Head makes herself responsible for their care. Tenure of any award depends upon continued satisfactory progress. The School reserves the right to vary the number of awards according to the strength of applications.
Financial help towards the payment of fees in cases of proven need is available in some instances. This assistance is available in the form of bursaries which vary in size according to circumstance; some may be as high as 100%. Bursaries are not solely dependent on scholastic merit but are awarded to pupils who are likely to gain most from an Oundle education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School. The pupils in question must comfortably satisfy the academic entry requirements and continue to work to capacity as they progress through the School. Parents who feel that they may need the support of a bursary are encouraged to discuss the matter with the School well in advance of the due date of entry. Decisions regarding bursary assistance are made approximately two years ahead of entry. Judgements are dependent on a supporting reference from a previous school, an informal interview and on scrutiny of the financial circumstances.