CLEAR Financial Awards

Posted: 27th January 2022

Adcote School has expanded its financial awards to give more students the opportunity to benefit from its award-winning education.

The day and boarding school for girls, aged 7 to 18, has introduced new CLEAR Awards which give financial assistance towards fees for girls who are able to demonstrate special skills in areas not covered by traditional scholarships.

Adcote is holding covid-secure all-school open mornings on Saturday 5th February and Friday 4th March, from 10am to 1pm, where prospective students and their families can find out more about the school, its excellent education, award-winning personal development programme, the CLEAR Awards, scholarships and more.

While scholarships focus on exceptional academic achievers or elite talent in sport, music or the performing arts, CLEAR Awards are more flexible and are available to girls who have talent in a niche area, who have all-round abilities or who are engaging with and contributing to their community in some way.

The awards are linked to the school’s award-winning CLEAR Learning programme which fosters the core values of confidence, leadership, engagement, achievement and resilience. The programme nurtures strength of character and skill sets to help students navigate the challenges of life, achieve their potential and lead happy and successful lives.

The awards, which reduce fees by up to 50 per cent for the student’s entire length of time at Adcote, are available to girls who can demonstrate skills in at least one of the key components of CLEAR.

Applicants do not sit an examination, as required with scholarship applications, but are asked to submit a portfolio containing proof of their relevant abilities.

Adcote, which was crowned ‘Senior SchooI of the Year’ in the Independent Schools Association annual awards for 2020, is non-selective and is fiercely proud of its all-inclusive ethos.

Headmistress Diane Browne said: “Our CLEAR Awards are unique in that they focus on character, while traditional scholarships tend to test ability across a narrow field. The word ‘scholarship’ tends to be associated with “exceptional” abilities that are easy to measure.

“Our CLEAR Awards enable success for all girls with this portfolio approach, taking away the pressure presented by scholarship exams.

“They give girls, who have abilities in areas not traditionally associated with scholarship subjects – such as ballet or skills in a niche sport or, perhaps, excellent engagement with the local community – the opportunity to develop and excel in a nurturing and caring school that was awarded Senior School of the Year in 2020.

“It has been a particular pleasure to see girls, who have come to us for their education absolutely thrive. We provide a fertile learning environment for them and it’s, “wow, look at her go”!

“We are the only school that offers this type of award, alongside our traditional scholarships and bursaries. Our ethos is to give as many children as possible the opportunity to benefit from a great education. Every girl has the opportunity, whatever her ability in whatever area, because we are non-selective.”

In 2021 73.5% of Adcote’s A level results were A to A* grades and 67% of GCSE results were at the top grades of 9 to 7 – a considerable achievement for a non-selective school.

Nearly 70 per cent of students go on to Russell Group universities, with 54 per cent choosing degrees in STEM subjects – a statistic that Adcote attributes to an education tailored specifically to how girls learn, develop and mature

To book a place at the open mornings on 5th February and 4th March, please email

Categories: Academic Achievement