Scholarships & Bursaries

The A Level Scholarship Programme

Harrow is world-famous for academic excellence. For almost 450 years, Harrovians have excelled in all fields of academic study and the influence of Old Harrovians throughout history has changed the world that we live in today. They have shaped what we know, how we think, and how we live with one another across the globe. Science, politics, drama, maths, economics, space exploration, music, art, literature the list of fields of study in which Old Harrovians have brought about ground-breaking creations, discoveries and innovations is endless. That list includes Kings, princes, Nobel Prize winners and recognised world experts throughout centuries; it continues today.

Harrow School London was founded in 1572 as a consequence of the selfless charity of a man named John Lyon. A wealthy man, John Lyon had a vision and mission to create a high-performing school which would allow boys in the local area who could not otherwise afford an education to attend daily school to improve themselves and their life opportunities. As the school developed, boys from families who could afford to pay fees joined; however, Scholars those who could not afford all, or perhaps any of the fees continued to be educated, as they still do today.

At Harrow Shanghai we recognise that our Harrovian mission to nurture ‘Leaders for a better world’ resonates strongly with the original vision of John Lyon. We are passionate about providing talented children with every opportunity to meet their vast potential and feel a responsibility to promote openings for children with such talents to join Harrow so that they might experience a life-changing education, no matter what their family financial circumstances.

All of our scholarships are named in honour of Old Harrovians who through their own remarkable talents and the influence of their Harrow education have shaped the world we live in today.

  • The Churchill Scholarship (All-rounder Award)

Awarded to a student who excels in a number of fields that make up daily Harrow School Shanghai life: academia, music, sport, drama etc.

The award is named after Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) the most famous and influential British Prime Minister in history and the man named Greatest Briton of all Time by the British public.

  • The Byron Scholarship (English and the Arts Award)

Awarded to a student who excels in English and the arts (literature, theatre etc) more generally.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) is regarded as one of the greatest British poets of all time and is best known for his amorous lifestyle and his brilliant use of the English language.

  • The Strutt Scholarship (Science Award)

Awarded to a student who excels in the study of science.

John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (1842-1919), was a British scientist who made extensive contributions to both theoretical and experimental physics. He spent all of his academic career at the University of Cambridge where he became Chancellor. Among many honours, he received the 1904 Nobel Prize for physics.

  • The Pasmore Scholarship (Art Award)

Awarded to a student who excels in the study and practice of visual arts.

Victor Pasmore (1908-1998) was a British artist and architect. He pioneered the development of abstract art in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s. Pasmore represented Britain at the 1961 Venice Biennale, was participating artist at the Documenta II 1959 in Kassel and was a trustee of the Tate Gallery, donating a number of works to their collections.

  • The Fisher Scholarship (Mathematics Award)

Awarded to a student who excels in the study and practice of mathematics.

Sir Ronald Fisher (1890-1962) was a British statistician and geneticist. For his work in statistics, he has been described as “a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science” and the single most important figure in 20th century statistics. In genetics his work used mathematics to combine Mendelian genetics and natural selection; this contributed to the revival of Darwinism in the early 20th-century revision of the theory of evolution known as the modern synthesis. For his contributions to biology, Fisher has been called “the greatest of Darwin’s successors”.

  • The Fane Scholarship (Music Award)

Awarded to a student who excels in the study and practice of music.

John Fane (1784-1859), 11th Earl of Westmorland, was also a composer and a founder of the world-famous Royal Academy of Music. He was a great music lover who aside from being a soldier, politician and diplomat devoted most of his life to the study of music, was a renowned violinist and a prolific composer.

  • The John Lyon Scholarship (Academic Award)

Awarded to a student who excels across all fields of their academic studies.

John Lyon (1514–1592) was a wealthy English landowner. He was the founder of Harrow School (London) in 1572, The John Lyon School and the John Lyon’s Charity. A Harrow School house, Lyon’s, is named after him. It was his patronage and philanthropy that allowed boys who could not otherwise afford an education to attend Harrow School and better their lives.

Remittance on Fees

In addition to the obvious public recognition, honour and intrinsic benefits of being awarded a scholarship within a prestigious school such as Harrow Shanghai, the successful applicant’s parents will receive a remission on tuition fees for their A Level studies.

The ability to pay fees will not be a barrier to any applicant’s family. Further remission on fees is available up to a full 100% for both the Lower and Upper Sixth years (Years 12 and 13) through a confidential financial means-testing process conducted between the School and the parents of the applicant.

Application and Assessment Processes

The scholarship application process is open to students for entry to Harrow School Shanghai into the Lower Sixth year group (Year 12).

Applicants will undergo formal academic assessments, an online cognitive abilities test and interviews with key senior staff, including the Head Master.

Applicants are not required to have studied within a British curriculum school. Those who have will be expected to have gained a minimum (I)GCSE grade profile.

Applicants must fulfill the usual requirements of the Shanghai Education Bureau for entry to an international school. Please submit the online application and tick “Yes” in the item of A Level Scholarship application.

The application period remains open throughout the academic year; however, scholarships will be awarded whenever a suitable candidate meets the criteria and therefore early applications are recommended.


The School offers bursaries to ensure that talented students, irrespective of their parents’ income, are able to study at Harrow Shanghai.  All prospective pupils are eligible to apply for bursaries. The Admissions Department should be informed at the application stage if parents would like their child(ren) considered for a bursary.

The granting of a bursary is discretionary, but only families with a relatively low household income are likely to receive bursary assistance. In making its decisions, the School considers a wide range of appropriate matters including, but not limited to, parental/guardian income (from all sources), assets (including personal property) and other matters that are particular to the student, such as family circumstances.  If parents indicate that they are likely to need bursary support, they will be asked to complete a strictly confidential form in order to assess their financial circumstances and establish the level of assistance that the School believes is required.  All bursaries are reassessed annually by means of a newly completed form and disclosure of up-to-date financial circumstances.

All students applying for a bursary are expected to satisfy the School’s academic entrance requirements and if the demand exceeds the number available, bursaries are awarded with reference to performance in the Entrance Examinations.