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The school offers a variety of Scholarships. The assessments for the Junior scholarship take place in October and for the Senior scholarships at the end of the January preceding entry to the school.

Junior Scholarships

The school offers one 50% academic scholarship into Year 3. The recipient will keep this until the end of Year 6, subject to continued satisfactory effort and standard of work. The junior scholarship is awarded to a pupil who has the potential to pass 11+ with a score of 135+ or the potential to gain scholarship entry to Public School.

Assessment is made through sitting a Verbal Reasoning test, a Maths paper, an English paper and a Reading Age test. The syllabus for the subject papers is the Key stage 1 syllabus. To gain a full 50% scholarship a candidate would be expected to gain A grades on the written papers and standardised scores in excess of 130 in Verbal Reasoning and Reading

Senior Scholarships

The school offers two scholarships at the start of Year 7 which are open to both boys moving up from Year 6 and to those joining the school from outside.

One is a 50% academic scholarship. This is awarded to a pupil who has the potential to gain at least six A* passes at GCSE.

Assessment is made through a reasoning test, a Maths paper, an English paper and a Science paper. The syllabus for the subject papers is the Key stage 2 syllabus.

The other scholarship is either an Art, Music or Sports Scholarship, also worth 50%. It is awarded to the pupil who shows the most outstanding flair in one of the three areas.

Art: the boy is expected to show a portfolio showing his artistic work in at least four different media. He will be expected to do a pencil drawing of a chosen topic on the assessment day.

Music: the boy is expected to have reached a minimum standard of Grade 4 on his main instrument or voice and at least Grade 1 on a second instrument or voice. He will be expected to perform one prepared piece on each of his instruments, and do some sight reading on his major instrument.

Sport: the boy is expected to have attended County trials in his major sport or to be able to show evidence of a high level of achievement in a County or National competition. He is also expected to show evidence of having regularly been involved in two different sports at a competitive level. At assessment he  will be expected to physically show evidence of his skills in his major sport and also demonstrate his fitness levels through a series of circuits. He is also be expected to provide a reference from a current teacher or coach.

All applicants are asked to sit the same tests being sat by the candidates for the academic scholarship although they are not expected to reach the same level of achievement on those papers. However a scholarship will not be awarded to a boy who scores less than 60% in the Reasoning test.  


In the event of a boy not quite meeting the standards we are looking for we will often award scholarships which are worth less than the full 50%. In those circumstances we may offer a second scholarship to another boy so that the total award for the year group is 50%. We will award scholarships to boys entering Year 9 if the scholarships in that year group are not already held by other boys but do not do this in other year groups.

The recipients of all scholarships keep their award until they leave the relevant section of the school subject to continued satisfactory effort and standard of work or performance.

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