As part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, a Letchworth school has announced four new scholarships.

St Francis' College new "Access Awards", available from September 2024, will offer up to 100 per cent tuition and boarding for exceptional students.

As part of the new scheme, a 60 per cent discount will be automatically applied for the four students who are "exceptionally academically or creatively able", while a means tested further discount of up to 40 per cent will also be available.

The scheme is available to anyone in the UK who wishes to join the college, as full-time boarders in Years 7 or 8.

The Comet: James Nichols, head of St. Francis' College in Letchworth.James Nichols, head of St. Francis' College in Letchworth. (Image: St Francis' College)

The successful students will stay at the school until the end of Year 13, when they finish sixth form.

St Francis' College is an all-girls school and sixth form based in Broadway.

James Nichols, head of the college, said: “St Francis’ College is proud to have been providing an exceptional education to pupils since 1933.

"As part of our 90th anniversary celebrations, we want to expand our contribution to society by offering the opportunity to access an education at the college irrespective of where students are currently based.

The Comet: Amit Mehta, CEO and Founder of ILG.Amit Mehta, CEO and Founder of ILG. (Image: Supplied by St Francis' College)

"These Access Awards can make important differences to young people by providing gifted children with opportunities to excel in our outstanding school and thrive in our boarding environment.

"These students will join our already excellent student body and offer new and lifelong friendship opportunities."


Amit Mehta - CEO and founder of the Inspired Learning Group, which operates the college - added: "We are very excited to announce the launch of the St Francis’ Access Awards.

"ILG’s philosophy is to offer a wide range of opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, across our schools, so that all our pupils are endowed with the spirt to aspire and become twenty first century citizens who have a positive impact on their communities.

"Talented pupils from across the United Kingdom can now benefit from being at St Francis’ where their talents will be nurtured, and they will be helped to realise their potential and achieve their ambitions.”