Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships are central to Rathdown’s ethos, and all girls are encouraged to strive to realise their potential.


Rathdown Senior School offers an annual Scholarship Programme for incoming 1st Year students.

Details for the annual Academic Scholarship Exam: 

Date:  Saturday in December. 2020 date TBC

Time: 9.10 am - 1 pm

Drop Off Location: Senior School Reception

Subjects for the examination: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Irish

The standard of papers will be that of Sixth Class standard work in a National School.

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete this online application form:

Scholarship Application Form




Step 2: Pay the non-refundable Entry fee of €30 through Easy Payments. Select "Scholarship" from the dropdown menu.

Easy Payments Link



Scholarship awards will be based on merit shown in the Entrance Scholarship Examination and will be renewed annually for successful candidates, providing satisfactory progress and conduct are maintained.

Each Candidate should be a current member of Sixth Class in National School or its equivalent, and should not have had more than one year in Sixth class or its equivalent.

Boarding Open Evening and Taster Days

A separate Boarding Open Evening will also take place on the same Saturday evening of the scholarship exam. Students attending the Scholarship exam who may be interested in boarding are welcome to register their interest in attending by emailing the Registrar or call +353 (0)1 285 3133.

We will host Taster Days for all 2021 Incoming 1st Year students in December 2020 and for all 2021 Incoming 1st Year students on Friday 1st May 2020. Invites will be issued to the relevant families. To find out more information please email the Registrar or call +353 (0)1 285 3133.


Rathdown also provides financial assistance with tuition fees in the form of bursaries to help parents cope with situations of financial difficulty.

Application for bursary assistance should be made through the Principal and the application process is entirely confidential. Bursaries can apply to new or existing students.

Exceptional Talents

In addition to the academic scholarships available we like to encourage and recognise excellence in our students especially in the areas of sport, music and art. Rathdown has a fund to support those with exceptional talents and to help them fulfil their potential. Access to this fund is gained through discussion with the Senior School Principal.