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ECS Awards

ECS Awards 2024: applications are now closed

We hope that the information on this page, and particularly inside our digital brochure,  will prove helpful to you and your family as you explore our fruitful scholarship programme, ECS Awards.
Should you have any questions along the way, you would be more than welcome to get in touch with our friendly admissions team via: [email protected] | 01392 457 072

Assessment Day: Saturday 13 January 2024

Application deadline: Monday 18 December 2023

What is ECS Awards?

ECS Awards (the name for Exeter Cathedral School’s scholarship programme) is designed to recognise and reward enthusiasm, commitment, potential, passion and talent amongst pupils entering the School in Year 7.

The Awards take the form of fee remission (with bursary top-ups also available) and are offered for the following:
Music Award
Sport Award
Visual/Performing Arts Award
Academic Award
The School Award
Devon Award

What our Award Holders say…

The value of Years 7 & 8
at Exeter Cathedral School

Bespoke Provision

Exeter Cathedral School is a Prep School, meaning that we educate pupils up until the end of Year 8. Joining us at Year 7 through to Year 8 offers huge advantages to children: our pupils benefit from being part of a small school and can grow in independence, self-reliance, self-awareness and self-confidence in a tailor-made and nurturing environment.

Valuing the Individual

We focus on educating ‘the whole child’. Our average class size is 15, and we are proud to know each and every one of our pupils as an individual. Our pupils can continue being children whilst learning about themselves and honing the skills they need to flourish at secondary school.

Superb Preparation and Future Success

At the end of Year 8, all our pupils move on to one of their chosen secondary schools: some choose state secondary schools, some choose grammar schools, and some choose independent schools. Whatever the family’s choice, we work alongside parents/guardians and the children to find the right school for them. In both 2020 and 2021, 84% of our Year 8 pupils secured a scholarship – some with double/ triple awards – at their first-choice senior school (with significant fee remission).


Assessment day will be taking place on Saturday 13 January 2024.

We will be accepting applications for ECS Awards up until Monday 18 December 2023.

We welcome our Choristers to apply for ECS Awards! Choristers of Exeter Cathedral School may apply for up to two awards but are eligible to be awarded one award, as per the following:

  • A Choristership is classed as one award 
  • Choristers can still opt for up to two awards (with the exception of the Music Award) 
  • Choristers are only permitted to be awarded one award in addition to their Choristership award

Once the application deadline has passed, parents/guardians of candidates will receive an email from the school regarding information on their chosen awards.

The assessment day will include:

  • A 10-minute interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This is a chance to get to know a bit more about the candidate as a person, as well as to explore together some of their interests, experiences and passions. These interviews are quite informal, and there is no need to prepare anything. 
  • Assessments in chosen award(s) conducted by specialist members of school staff

Interested in enrolling at Exeter Cathedral School?

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the enrolment process, or simply about life at Exeter Cathedral School in general.

To find out more, please contact our Admissions Manager or enquire using the button below: [email protected] | 01392 457 072

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