Northwood College for Girls GDST

An academic school with two very special features at its heart: a unique Thinking Skills Programme which enables girls to develop independent and creative thinking, taking them far beyond an exam curriculum and our unrivalled pastoral care which rests on the premise that a happy girl will always achieve her best. We have a school that buzzes with life where girls achieve outstanding results.

ISC associations: GSA, AGBIS, ISBA, IAPS

Religious affiliation: All Faiths

Day/boarding type: Day

Gender profile: Girls only

Size: 883

Northwood College for Girls GDST fees:

Day fees per term:
£4,191 to £6,675

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
312 / 6001

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 18 (883)

Sixth Form: (78)

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A limited number of Academic, Music, Sport and Art and Design scholarships are awarded annually to girls entering Year 7 of the Senior School.

The Academic Scholarships are determined by performance in the Year 7 entrance tests, together with the interview and school reference. All girls will automatically be considered; there is no need to apply for an academic scholarship.

For all other Scholarships, you are required to fill in the Scholarship application form which you will receive once you have registered.

If shortlisted, girls who have applied for a Music Scholarship will have an audition with members of the Music Department on the day of their interview.

Auditions will include:
The performance of a piece on the girl’s main instrument, ideally of Grade 4 standard or higher, but it is not a requirement to have passed a graded examination. If your daughter’s Music teacher feels that your daughter is naturally gifted and plays at around Grade 4 level or higher, please consider applying.
- The performance of a piece on a second instrument, or a vocal piece. If the candidate has only one instrument, then she should perform a second, contrasting piece on her main instrument.
- Some short aural and sight-reading tests
- An informal discussion

There will be no written music papers. The potential of a candidate to contribute to the musical life of the school is the principal criterion. Music staff will accompany the girls as necessary but girls may bring their own accompanist if they wish. Music scholars will be expected to play a leading role in the musical life of the school by attending choirs, orchestras and other groups and to contribute to concerts, open mornings and such. Scholarships will be reviewed annually to assess this contribution.

For the Art and Design Scholarship, a candidate’s potential will be considered as well as achievement. Girls will be required to design a colour poster and undertake a 50 minute observational drawing test. After these tests, if selected, shortlisted candidates will be asked to bring a portfolio of up to five pieces of art, craft or design work showing their creative talents. This may include both two and three dimensional work.

For the Sports Scholarship, applicants should be outstanding at one sport (competing at County/District or Regional/National Level), or have the potential to represent the school at several sports (at A team level across at least 3 sports). Candidates will need to produce a Sports CV and, if shortlisted, have a Sport Assessment on the day of their 11+ Interview.

All successful candidates are required to work hard, to contribute positively to the life of the School, to be a credit to the School and to set a good example to other pupils, as well as contributing positively on an ongoing basis to the area of school life in respect of which the Scholarship has been granted, failing which Scholarships can be withdrawn.
If you wish your daughter to be considered for any of these scholarships, please contact the Registrar, at:


Sixth Form Academic Scholarships are usually awarded subject to GCSE results.

The Girls’ Day School Trust provides a limited number of means-tested Bursaries to enable suitably qualified girls to enter or remain in the Senior School. They are available for entry into Year 7 and Year 12.

GDST Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need, though academic merit is taken into account. Bursary applications are assessed independently by the Fees Office of the GDST and applications take into account parental income and assets.

Bursaries to the value of 100% of fees can be awarded depending on individual circumstances. The bursary will include the cost of lunch, mandatory curriculum extras (such as day trips), a uniform grant, and free use of the coach service (providing the distance from your house to Northwood College is further than three miles). To be eligible for a bursary in Year 7 a candidate must be within the top 20% in the Consortium entrance examination. To be eligible for a bursary in Year 12, a candidate would need to achieve A/A* or grades 8/9 in their GCSE subjects.

We are grateful for the ongoing support of John Lyon’s Charity, who provide one annual 100% academic bursary. For more information and details of eligibility criteria, please contact the Registrar, at:

Bursaries must be applied for no later than the end of November prior to entry the following September.


Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • 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