Woodridge

 Please note that NO correspondence will be entered into during the process of awarding bursaries.

Welcome

At the beginning of every year, Woodridge College has a limited number of bursaries available to exceptional candidates across the academic, sports, and cultural faculties, who intend to enter Grade 8.

This affords Woodridge College a way to attract talented pupils to the school, for many of whom, this life-changing opportunity might otherwise not be possible.

A bursary is a financial award granted to a pupil based on their academic, sporting, or all-round excellence. Successful candidates are awarded a discount on fees.

Anyone considering Woodridge College for their son or daughter is welcome to apply for a means-tested bursary.

Applications for Grade 8 bursaries in 2025 are closed.

application criteria

Please take note of the following important minimum criteria for the bursary application.

Academic 

This constitutes a partial bursary, covering a percentage of tuition and/or boarding fees. Candidates must achieve 85% or above in Mathematics and English with an 85% aggregate and must contribute to their current school’s extra-mural programme to be considered. Achieving these results at your current school doesn’t mean you will automatically be invited to write the bursary exam.  



Sport 

This constitutes a partial bursary, covering a percentage of tuition and/or boarding fees. Candidates must be a member of their school’s A-team sport for a summer and winter sporting code. Having competed at a  provincial/regional level for any sport will be advantageous.  The candidate needs to be excelling at sport, while maintaining a good academic record, to be considered.

While we appreciate the all-rounder, bursaries are awarded based on merit and therefore we are looking for exceptional performances and achievements in a summer and winter sport.

 

please note: 

*Dates for 2024 are tentative and subject to change

- Sports & Academic bursary applications for Grade 8 in 2025 open on 22 January 2024.
- Academic and Sport bursary applications close on Monday, 5 February 2024.
- Bursary applications can only be made online, on this website, by following the instructions below.
- We will not accept or consider any late applications or applications received in hard copy, via email or any other method.
- Please do not submit applications via the general admissions online application process.
- Bursary applications do not attract the general R500 application fee.  
- No late application forms will be accepted.
- Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Monday, 12 February 2024, inviting them to write the bursary exam and attend the sports assessment (if applicable).
- Shortlisted candidates will be required to write a bursary assessment exam at Woodridge on Tuesday, 20 February 2024 from 14:00 to 15:00.
- Following the exam, sports bursary applicants will be required to do a sports assessment from 15:00 – 17:00.
- Based on the outcome of the exam and sports assessment, the top candidates will attend an interview at Woodridge between 26 February 2024 and 1 March 2024.
- Interview appointments will be communicated to parents directly via email.
- Unsuccessful candidates (post bursary exam and sports assessment) will be notified by 1 March 2024. 

application requirements

Grade 8 2025 bursary applications closed on 5 February 2024.

Your application will not be considered without receiving the report and the relevant motivation form. Once applications are OPEN, you will need to follow these steps carefully:

  1. Read the bursary application criteria.
  2. Download the motivation form.
  3. The pupil is to complete the handwritten motivation.
  4. Save it as a PDF document.
  5. Save their Grade 6, December 2023 report as a PDF document.
  6. Please ensure that both documents are clear and easily legible.
  7. Rename the files using the child's name and surname, i.e. Lisa Smith Report / Lisa Smith Motivation.pdf
  8. Complete the online application form.
  9. Upload these documents as stipulated before submitting your application.

 academic motivation  sports motivation 

 

applications are closed

Please read the instructions carefully before you start completing the online form. Take note of ALL the requirements, incomplete applications will not be considered.

 ACADEMIC BURSARY APPLICATION  SPORTS BURSARY APPLICATION 

After the applications close on Monday, 5 February 2024, please look out for further correspondence from us to confirm the dates, deadlines, and status of your application.

important dates

*2024 dates are tentative and subject to change

  • Applications open on Monday, 22 January 2024.
  • Closing date for academic and sport bursary applications is Monday, 5 February 2024.
  • Candidates who are shortlisted to write the bursary exam will be contacted by Monday, 12 February 2024.
  • Shortlisted academic and sport bursary candidates will be required to write the bursary assessment exam at the school on Tuesday, 20 February 2024 at 14:00 in the Woodridge College Hall.
  • Shortlisted sports bursary candidates will do a Sports Assessment after the bursary exam on Tuesday, 20 February 2024, from 15:00 – 17:00.
  • *There are NO alternative dates for the sports assessment or for the exam to be written. 
  • Based on the outcome of the bursary exam and sports assessments, the top candidates will be required to attend an interview at Woodridge College between 26 February and 1 March 2024.



  • Interview appointments will be communicated directly to parents via email.
  • Final notification for successful candidates will take place by Tuesday, 18 March 2024.
  • Thereafter, successful candidates will be required to complete a full online application before Monday, 1 April 2024.
  • Unsuccessful bursary candidates who wish to proceed with a normal enrolment for Grade 8 in 2025 are to complete a full online application before Monday, 1 April 2024.
  • The closing date for all Grade 8 applications is Monday, 1 April 2024.
  • Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
  • No correspondence will be entered into during the process of awarding bursaries.
  • Gqeberha Information Evening, Thursday 15 February 2024
  • Campus Open Day, Sunday 18 February 2024