Scholarship 16+

The British School of Milan

IB Diploma Scholarship Programme (Year 12)

Three academic scholarships awarded annually to students of high academic ability

A Scholarship is a prestigious award that recognises a student's academic performance, potential and participation in school life. As role models, scholars will be leading members of the Sixth Form and the broader school community.

The scholarships are open on a competitive basis to all candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria. The award of all scholarships will be based on merit.


Who are the Scholarships for?

The scholarships are for entry into Year 12, age 16+, the first year of the two-year IB Diploma course, and will last for two years.

When will they be valid from?

The scholarships will be valid for entry to Year 12 in September 2020.

Can anyone apply?

As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, then you can apply.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  1. Candidates must be born on or between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2004. Those born before or after this date are not eligible for consideration for a scholarship for September 2020, but could apply next year for a scholarship for September 2021.
  2. Candidates are expected to be in the top ten per cent of the cohort in academic terms and be fluent in spoken and written English. As a guide in deciding whether or not to apply, for those students currently following the English National Curriculum it is likely that they are being predicted to achieve a minimum of 5 A* grades at I/GCSE including, where appropriate, those subjects they intend to study at IB Diploma level. Candidates currently attending an Italian school are likely to have achieved a minimum grade score (voto medio) of 8.5 in their most recent annual school report (pagella). For those students following different curricula, the expectation is that they would be predicted to achieve an IB Diploma score of at least 38 points.
  3. In addition to academic excellence, candidates for a Sixth Form Scholarship are expected to be able to demonstrate commitment to and active participation in a broad spectrum of co-curricular activity beyond the classroom, for example music, drama, sport, social and charitable service, etc..

Can I apply if I already attend the BSM?


How many scholarships will be awarded?

A minimum of one and a maximum of three scholarships will be awarded each year. In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Principal, additional awards may be made.

How long does an award last?

The award is for two academic years (Years 12 and 13).

What is the value of a scholarship?

The value of individual awards will be means-tested and could be as much as 100% of the tuition fee for the relevant year. The minimum value of an award will be equivalent of 20% of the tuition fee for the year concerned. The value of individual scholarships will be based on declared family income and resources following a set procedure. At the discretion of the Principal, other fees may be waived for new entrants to the School.

All awards are subject to annual testing of parental means and may be varied upward or downward depending on parental circumstances.

How are scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded on merit following the scholarship assessment, the interview and a satisfactory reference from the Head Teacher of the pupil’s current school and/or the most recent school report.

What form does the scholarship assessment take?

The scholarship assessment comprises two elements:

  • One written assessment, testing general intelligence
  • scholarship interview

Who will set the examinations?

The examination is an internationally recognised, standardised test set independently by a university.  It is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their potential for outstanding achievement at IB.

What language will the written examination be in?

The examination will be in English.

Will practice papers be available?

No, as preparation is not necessary.

Where will the scholarship examination take place?

The examinations will take place at the school on the date specified in the schedule below.

What is the scholarship interview?

This is a formal interview with members of the Scholarship Committee - comprising the Director of IB and the Director of Sixth Form. The interview will last about thirty minutes and will include discussion of the candidate’s performance in the examination, their interests and motivation for wishing to be a Scholar. Only candidates who have performed sufficiently well in the written examination will be invited back for interview.

Is there a specific pass mark to be achieved to be invited for the scholarship interview?

There is no pass mark as such. The results of the written examination will be considered by the Scholarship Committee and decisions made as to who will be invited back for the second phase of the process.

What language will the interview be conducted in?

All interviews will be conducted in English.

Who makes the decision on the award of the scholarships?

The decision to award a Scholarship will be made by the Principal on the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee.

Are members of the Board of Governors involved in the process of awarding scholarships?

The Board plays no part in the deliberations of the Scholarship Committee or decisions relating to the award of scholarships.

What is the schedule for awarding scholarships?

The schedule for the award of scholarships is as follows:

Registration Closing Date Thursday 31 October 2019 
Date of Scholarship Assessment Tuesday 12 November 2019
Date of Interviews Tuesday 10 December 2019
Announcement of Scholarship Award  Friday 13 December 2019

Late applicants will not be considered for a scholarship.

If a candidate is not available on the dates specified, can the examinations and/or interview take place on different dates?

No. Candidates should ensure that they are available on the dates specified.

Once awarded are there any conditions associated with the tenure of a scholarship?

The continuation of a Scholarship is dependent upon good school reports for effort and achievement, attendance and punctuality. The Principal has the discretion to reduce and/or withdraw an award where:
•    a pupil’s progress, attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality are deemed to have been unsatisfactory;
•    the parents/guardians have failed to support the School, for example by the late payment of any contribution they are making to the fees, or failure to adhere to the Parental Code of Conduct.

How do I apply?

Candidates who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete the Sixth Form Scholarship Application Form available here or below. The completed form should be sent to by the closing date in October.

At the time of submission, scanned copies of the following must also be attached to the application form:
•    A copy of the applicant’s passport data page(s) or national identity card
•    A copy of the applicant’s most recent school report (pagella)

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