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About the Dresden Scholars’ Scheme

David Woodhead, who founded the Scheme in 2000/01, writes (in July 2016):

The Dresden Scholars’ Scheme, originally inspired by the Dresden Trust’s work for Anglo-German reconciliation, is also a clear statement of the vital need to encourage friendship among a younger generation free of blame for the past and present follies of their elders.

The contacts and friendships established between British and German young people, which the Scheme facilitates within the schools they jointly attend, are of profound importance.

These relationships stand in condemnation of politicians and demagogues determined to divide rather than unite. The Dresden Scholars’ Scheme, on the contrary, asserts: Europa wir sind eins.

The Scheme is designed to enable pupils from schools in Dresden and elsewhere in Saxony to attend British independent schools at greatly reduced fees (scholarships are awarded by the schools, not by the Trust). It is estimated that about 300 pupils from Saxony have attended schools in England, Wales and Scotland under the Scheme. Most of them come for a whole year (and some have even stayed for two years); a few come for one or two terms.

In most cases the schools reduce their fees by 50 per cent to enable the German pupils – who are generally very popular recruits in British schools – to come to the UK. At present 12 independent senior schools are offering more than 30 places; all have boarding as well as day pupils and so the Dresden Scholars are fully residential. Applicants are asked to write (preferably in English) explaining why they would like to be considered for a Dresden Scholars’ place at the school and to send a recent report from their school in Saxony and a letter from their parents agreeing to pay the remainder of the school fee.

The opportunities provided by the Scheme are greatly appreciated by the pupils from Saxony and the British schools and their pupils also benefit from their presence.

For further information about the operation of the Dresden Scholars’ Scheme, please read the details below, look at the list of participating schools and download an application form. If any more guidance is required, please contact David Woodhead by e-mail at  thetimbertops@hotmail.com

How to Apply 

Das Dresden Trust Scholars’ Scheme bietet Schülern aus Sachsen bis zum Alter von 19 Jahren die Möglichkeit, bis zu einem Jahr auf eine Privatschule in Großbritannien zu gehen.

Durch das Dresden Trust Scholars’ Scheme werden die Gebühren stark ermäß.

Wenden Sie sich bitte direkt an den Direktor der Schule, für die Sie sich interessieren.

Die Schulliste ist unten zu finden.

Die Bewerbung muss folgende Unterlagen beinhalten:

  • Einseitiges (A4) Motivationsschreiben (auf englisch), worin Sie erklären warum Ihnen der Platz angeboten werden soll.
  • Aktuellstes Schulzeugnis
  • Schreiben der Eltern, die restlichen Gebühren zu übernehmen.
  • Die Schulen wählen die Schüler selbstständig unter allen Bewerbungen aus.
  • Bestätigen Sie bitte umgehend, nachdem Sie von einer Schule angenommen worden sind, ob Sie das Angebot annehmen oder nicht. Wenn Sie sich bei mehreren Schulen beworben haben, sagen Sie denen bitte Bescheid, dass Sie schon einen Platz an einer anderen Schule bekommen haben.
  • Wenn mehrere Gebühren angegeben sind, ist der kleinere Betrag normalerweise für jüngere Schüler und der größere für ältere Schuler.
  • Dresden Scholars’ Scheme:

Schools in the UK offering places to boys and girls who attend schools in Saxony.

Please note that there are 3 terms in a school year. The boarding fee for senior pupils (those aged 11-18 or 13-18) varies from school to school but is normally in the range £6,800 to £11,000 per term. Please check current fees on each school’s website; these will often be found under ‘Admissions’.

Click here to download and print Scholars’ application form in PDF: The Dresden Scholars’ application

SchoolContact detailsPlaces offeredValueLength

Ackworth School

Ackworth
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF7 7LT

Mr Anton Maree
Head

Admissions@ackworthschool.com
+44 (0)1977 611401
+44 (0)1977 616225
http://www.ackworthschool.com

1 place for boy or girl

50%

1 or 2 terms or 1 year

Adcote School

Little Ness
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY4 2JY

Mrs D. Browne
Headmistress

headmistress@adcoteschool.co.uk
+44 (0)1939 260202
+44 (0)1939 261300
http://www.adcoteschool.co.uk

2 places per year for girls

50%

1 year

Ashford School

East Hill
Ashford
Kent
TN24 8PB

Mr Michael Buchanan
Headmaster

buchananm@ashfordschool.co.uk
+44 (0)1233 739030
+44 (0)1233 665215
http://www.ashfordschool.co.uk/

1 boy and 1 girl at ages 11-18

50%

1 year

Concord College

Acton Burnell
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY5 7PF

Mr N. G. Hawkins
Principal

theprincipal@concordcollegeuk.com
+44 (0)1694 731631
+44 (0)1694 731387
http://www.concordcollegeuk.com/

1 boy at age 15-16 and
1 girl at 15-16

10%

1 academic year

Dover College

Effingham Crescent
Dover
Kent
CT17 9RH

Mrs Gaelle Degrange
Admissions Officer

admissions@dovercollege.org.uk
+44 (0)1304 205969
+44 (0)1304 242208
http://www.dovercollege.org.uk/

1 boy at ages 13-16
1 girl at ages 13-16

50%

1 term

Fyling Hall School

Robin Hood’s Bay
North Yorkshire
YO22 4QD

Mr Steven Allen
Headmaster

headmaster@fylinghall.org
+44 (0)1947 880353
+44 (0)1947 881097
http://www.fylinghall.org/

Places for boys & girls ages 14-18

50%

1 or 2 terms or 1 year

Kilgraston School for Girls

Bridge of Earn
Perth
PH2 9BQ
Scotland

Mrs Lynn Osborne-Moore
Admissions Co-ordinator

headoffice@kilgraston.com
+44 (0)1738 812257
http://www.kilgraston.com

2 places for girls at ages 15-18

75%

1 or 2 terms or 1 year

Shebbear College

Shebbear
Devon
EX21 5HJ

Mrs Sarah Lindley
Registrar

registrar@shebbearcollege.co.uk
+44 (0)1409 282001
+44 (0)1409 281784
http://www.shebbearcollege.co.uk

1 boy and 1 girl at ages 13-16

50%

1 or 2 terms or 1 year

Sibford School

Sibford Ferris
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX15 5QL

Mr Toby Spence
Headmaster

tspence@sibordschool.co.uk
+44 (0)1295 781200
+44 (0)1295 781204
http://www.sibford.oxon.sch.uk/

Places for girls at ages 11-16

50%

1 or 2 terms or 1 year

St Felix School

Southwold
Suffolk
IP18 6SD

Miss Melissa Bridgman
Registrar

mbridgman@stfelix.suffolk.co.uk
+44 (0)1502 722175
http://www.stfelix.co.uk

2 places for boys or girls at ages 11-18

50%

1 term

Tettenhall College

Wood Road
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV6 8QX

Mr David Williams
Headmaster

AA@tettcoll.co.uk
+44 (0)1902 751119
+44 (0)1902 741940
http://www.tettenhallcollege.co.uk/

1 boy & 1 girl per year at ages 14-18

50%

1 or 2 terms or 1 year

The Mount School

Dalton Terrace
York
North Yorkshire
YO24 4DD

Fiona Ward
Admissions Manager

admissions@mountschoolyork.co.uk
+44 (0)1904 667500 or +44 (0)1904 232323
Fax +44 (0)1904 667524
http://www.mountschoolyork.co.uk/

Places for girls at ages 11-18

50%

1 or 2 terms or 1 year