Academic Scholarships

Expectations & Pathways of Academic Scholars


Enrichment talks, cultural trips, science workshops and both internal and external competitions - these are just some of the events that we expect our Academic Scholars to be involved with throughout their time at Stonyhurst as they demonstrate full participation in the intellectual and cultural life of the College and Prep School, overseen by the Head of Academic Scholars and the Headmaster of St Mary's Hall.

A newsletter of super-curricular opportunities is sent out each month to inspire pupils to extend their learning beyond the classroom, and further opportunities become available to our Academic Scholars as they move through the College.

During Grammar (Year 10), Academic Scholars complete the Higher Project Qualification (equivalent to half a GCSE), which allows them to research and write about an academic topic of personal interest. Pupils also meet with the Head of Academic Scholars to discuss their progress and set personal targets for their further development.

In Higher Line (Sixth Form), Academic Scholars are expected to study the subjects in which they were examined for the scholarship, as either A level or for the International Baccalaurete Diploma (IBDP). These then differ with A level pupils strongly encouraged to consider taking the Extended Project Qualification to further their research skills, while IBDP pupils complete an Extended Essay on a subject of their choice.

Higher Line Scholars may also be expected to take on mentoring or other leadership roles, including mentoring young scholars, along with supporting scholars’ events and to show enthusiastic and timely participation in UCAS guidance, including the Oxbridge Programme, where applicable.


The progress and conduct of all scholars must remain satisfactory at all times, and continuation of the scholarship into the next academic year depends on continual engagement with the programme in place for them.

Pupil in Chemistry experimenting with Bunsen burners
Pupils learning in Collections

Criteria and process for Academic Scholarship applications

Important dates - 2023/2024


Application Deadline

Assessment Day

11+ Academic N/A 11th November 2023
13+ Academic 22nd November 2023 6th December 2023
16+ Academic 22nd November 2023 6th December 2023

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