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Scholarships and bursaries

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Sixth Form

A small number of scholarships are awarded to highly academically and creatively gifted students. Sixth form scholarships of up to 20% of fees are awarded in the following subject areas:

Maths and Sciences

Social Sciences

Film and Media

Creative and Performing Arts

Lower School

In the Lower School we are also able to offer a small number of scholarships at 11+ and 13+ for entry into year 7 and year 9 of up to 50% of tuition fees based on academic attainment and commitment to their school. These awards are highly competitive and successful applicants have generally passed the 11+ or done well in their Common Entrance exams.


Bursaries are not academically selective but awarded after a financial assessment. Families with household incomes over £90,000 or with significant investments or equity are unlikely to be considered for a bursary award. Bursaries generally only reduce the fees payable up to a maximum of 50%.

Please note that all bursaries are comprehensively means-tested. Applicants should request a bursary application form to be considered.

Full scholarship opportunities

Applications are now closed for the 2024 scholarship and the next award will be in 2026. 

This is a bi-annual award which comprises a two-year sixth form scholarship at RIC - 100% of tuition fees for 3 or more A levels (at least one being in a visual arts subject).

How to apply

• Complete a RIC scholarship application form
• Submit 3 digital images of original artwork in any medium which may include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles, 3D, film and/or graphic design
• Write a personal statement of no more than 500 words to support your application expressing artistic interests, aims, influences, materials and methods

Please email all of the above to

If shortlisted, applicants will be invited to an interview and will be asked to show further examples of their work. 

Ralph Steadman is one of our foremost living artists. The Kent-based illustrator and cartoonist stars in ‘For No Good Reason’, a full-length documentary film made with Johnny Depp about his life and work which goes on general release this Spring. The film premiered in September 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival to great acclaim. Depp pays a call on his friend and hero and takes off on a journey discovering the life and works of ‘one of the most distinctive artists of the last 50 years.’ A major retrospective of Steadman’s work was shown at the Cartoon Museum. Ralph Steadman is the patron of this scholarship.

The Visual Arts department at RIC is a creative and enriching environment which encourages its students to thrive, giving them the confidence to explore and develop their own personal style with support from experienced tutors offering expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Examination results are outstanding and a high number of students go on to study Art & Design related subjects at University or Art College. 

Click to view the exhibition catalogue for 35 Years of Visual Arts@RIC, a touring exhibition that featured the work of Libby Morrell and Adam Drury, previous winners of The Ralph Steadman arts scholarship.

Applications are now closed for the RIC Sustainability Scholarship for students joining Year 7 in September 2024. This is a bi-annual award so the next award will be made in September 2026. 

This scholarship is for students who show a passion for nature, outstanding knowledge and understanding of the natural world and/or have taken action to help environmental sustainability. The student awarded the RIC Sustainability Scholarship will be expected to take an active role in our Ecology and sustainability curriculum and will be required to be a sustainability representative on the Student Council.

100% tuition in the Lower School - starting in Year 7 and finishing on the completion of GCSE exams in Year 11. Holders of the RIC Sustainability Scholarship will be expected to sit the Natural History GCSE when it launches. 

Come to one of our taster days and discuss the scholarship with staff.

How to apply:

  • Complete the RIC scholarship application form
  • Provide school reports which show exemplary behaviour and high levels of effort
  • Write or record a personal statement of no more than 500 words to support your application, explain your interest in the environment and action you have taken to improve the environmental sustainability
  • Submit evidence of the action you have taken to help the environment. This could be photographs, certificates, letters or other forms of evidence

Please email to:

If shortlisted, students will be interviewed and may be asked to submit further examples of their work.

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