Up to six scholarships worth 25% of full fees, are offered each year for academic or musical excellence to children entering Year 3 internally or externally.
Four Academic Scholarships are awarded to children who perform particularly well in the 7+ Entrance Test. (No separate application is required.) Both internal and external pupils are eligible for an award.
Two Music Scholarships are awarded to children entering Year 3 who show musical promise. In addition, up to two Music Exhibitions may be awarded independently to cover the cost of instrumental tuition on one instrument. Candidates are normally expected to be working towards Grade 2 equivalent, and to have been learning their instrument for a minimum of 12 months. Music Scholarship candidates should present evidence of particular talent on at least one instrument (the voice counting as an instrument).
Music Scholarship Auditions are normally held on the afternoon of the Entrance Test Day for external candidates. Internal candidates will be heard on a separate day either side of this date. Candidates are required to complete a Music Scholarship Application Form.
The Music Scholarship test will comprise: performance of one piece on the candidate’s first instrument or the performance of two shorter pieces on two instruments. Following this, the Director of Music will hold a sight-reading test of an appropriate standard on the candidate’s first instrument, a series of short aural tests and a discussion of the candidate’s musical interests and experience to date.
A written report will be required from the candidate’s music teacher before a Music Scholarship audition can take place. It is therefore recommended that parents speak to their child’s teacher before a Music Scholarship application is submitted, advising them that a written report will be required. The content of written instrumental reports remains confidential to the School and will be requested directly by the School from the teacher.
In order to qualify for a Music Scholarship, the candidate will also have had to meet the required entry standard of the 7+ Entrance Test.