The Peterborough School
The Peterborough School is a member of the Woodard group of schools, which is the largest collection of Church of England schools in England and Wales. The School was founded in 1895. It is a day school educating young people in a caring community. The campus is situated in 12 acres of beautiful grounds close to the city centre and pupils, staff and parents enjoy its safe environment. Pupils benefit from education in small, stimulating classes, which provide excellent individual attention.
Mr Adrian Meadows (Headmaster)
Religious affiliation: Church of England
Day/boarding type: Day
Gender profile: Coeducational
The Peterborough School fees:
Day fees per term:
£2,765 to £4,956
Scholarships & bursaries:
ISC reference number:
DfE reference number:
874 / 6000
Boys - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 0 to 18 (256)
Sixth form: (16)
Girls - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 0 to 18 (280)
Sixth form: (32)
Pupils with specific learning difficulties are supported and encouraged by the Individual Learning Department. The department includes teachers and a teaching assistant with specialist qualifications; we work with pupils with mild additional needs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, to enable them to fulfil their potential.
We are also able to support pupils for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL) to enable them to access and achieve within the curriculum fully. Progress in the acquisition of the English language is assessed using the EAL Assessment Framework For Schools, developed by The Bell Foundation Educational Trust. Each EAL pupil will be assessed on entry to the School using the framework: the four areas of assessment are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Viewing and Writing. If it is deemed necessary, the pupils will be given an EAL Pupil Progress File and their progress tracked. Regular assessment will be a collaboration between teachers and parents using the Department of Education’s English Language Proficiency Scales and the Head of Individual Learning will use the assessment information to set targets for the future.
We support pupils, primarily through inclusion as pupils are educated alongside their peers. We work with teachers in the classroom, to ensure a high quality curriculum is delivered through a variety of methods and tailored to meet individual needs. Where necessary, we offer support outside the classroom to reinforce specific skills and knowledge. Pupils may receive learning support in small groups or individually and follow a programme of work which meets their individual needs; each pupil’s progress is reviewed regularly in partnership with parents.
Senior School Scholarships
- The Helen Belgion Memorial Scholarship, worth 50% of fees annually, is awarded each year on the results of the Entrance Examinations. Competition for this t is open to all boys and girls entering Year 7.
- There is also a range of minor academic scholarships awarded to pupils entering Year 7 on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Examinations.
- Three Music Scholarships, worth 10% of fees annually plus a weekly music lesson, are awarded each year and are open to all pupils entering Year 7. Pupils are usually be expected to be working towards Grade 3 standard or higher. Those who apply for the Music Scholarships audition in front of the Head of Music during the afternoon of the Entrance Examinations.
- The Hannah Warner Scholarship is awarded to a boy or girl wishing to enter Year 7 who shows outstanding promise in art and design. It is worth 12.5% annually in fee remission and tenable until the end of Year 11. It is reviewed for Sixth Form and continuation of the award is dependent upon the Scholar continuing with their study of artistic subjects to A Level. Those who apply for the Hannah Warner Scholarship are required to bring evidence of their work on the day of the Entrance Examinations and to discuss it with the Head of Art.
- A Sport Scholarship is available for pupils entering Year 7. The Scholarship, worth up to £1000 annually, is awarded to further the recipient’s ambition in sport and may be used for a number of different activities including coaching in one or more sports, equipment, sports summer camps etc. Those who apply for the Sport Scholarship will meet with the Director of Sport and be asked to provide evidence of their excellence in sport.
- Woodard Scholarships are available to students who combine a strong academic performance, as indicated on entrance assessments, with clear potential in one or more of the following categories: creative arts (music, drama, dance, art), sport or leadership. Woodard Scholarships are awarded at the Headmaster’s discretion to pupils in Year 7 and those joining in other Senior School year groups. An application form is available upon request.
- A number of Academic Scholarships are available to pupils entering the Sixth Form. Pupils will sit a maximum of two subject specific scholarship papers on a specified day in the November or December prior to the year of entry. Scholarship papers are available in certain subjects only – further details may be obtained from the Registrar. Sixth Form Academic Scholarships are also available to pupils currently attending The Peterborough School in Year 11. Scholarships will be awarded to those pupils who demonstrate outstanding academic potential for success at A Level and beyond.
Parents are asked to indicate on the appropriate document which is sent to them prior to all Scholarship Examinations whether they wish to apply for a scholarship. Details of the arrangements will be sent to all who express an interest.
We encourage parents of Scholars who anticipate that they will experience difficulty in meeting the balance of the tuition fees, to apply at the same time for one of the School’s means tested bursaries as described in the Bursaries Policy, when they register their child.
Scholarships are held on conditions of academic progress, good behaviour and that the pupil remains at the School until the Upper Sixth year has been completed, or Year 11 for the Hannah Warner Scholarship. Early withdrawal of a pupil from School will result in recovery of the whole scholarship awarded.
Only those who pass the Entrance Examinations will be eligible for the Music, Sport or Hannah Warner Art Scholarships, but these are open for competition to all applicants.
The Governors of The Peterborough School are committed to broadening access to the School by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support towards the payment of school fees. Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a remission of up to 100% on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants.
Requests for financial support usually fall into two categories:
- Applicants to the Senior School*, where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees. The Bursar will initiate this application process.
- 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.
- Bursary Awards to Preparatory pupils are only made in compassionate circumstances. Requests for Bursaries in these circumstances should be made to the Bursar.
- Additionally existing bursaries will be re-assessed during the academic year if parents’ circumstances change unexpectedly for the worse.
Awards are made on the basis of The Peterborough School’s Scale of Awards, which sets out award levels in relation to a family’s financial circumstances. The Scale of Awards is reviewed and revised annually by the Bursar, to reflect any changes in fee costs. Though awards are generally tied to this scale, they may be varied upwards or downwards depending on individual parents’/guardians’ circumstances (eg. their savings, investments and realisable assets, as well as their income, the size of their family, any other persons dependent upon them and like factors), compassionate or other pertinent considerations. Bursary awards are subject to repeat testing of parental means each year and the level granted may be varied, depending on parental circumstances. Bursaries are awarded on the understanding that pupils will remain in the School to the end of the Upper Sixth, subject to satisfactory educational progress. Early withdrawal of a pupil from School will result in recovery of the whole bursary awarded unless extenuating reasons can be provided eg. relocation away from the area.
Our Bursary Policy can be viewed in full on our website, or can be obtained from the Bursar.
*Bursaries are not, under normal circumstances, awarded to pupils in the Preparatory School.
Scholarships & Bursaries offered
- Academic scholarships
- All Rounder awards
- Art scholarships
- Music scholarships
- Sport scholarships
- Sixth Form scholarships
- Sibling discounts
- Bursaries for new entrants
- Hardship awards for existing pupils
Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies