At Blue Coat we offer several scholarships to children joining Year 3 each year, awarding both academic and musical excellence.
Four Academic Scholarships are awarded to children joining Year 3 each September who perform particularly well in the 7+ Entrance Test. Both internal and external pupils are eligible for an award. These cover up to 25% of the school fees. There is no need to make a separate application for an academic scholarship – all children who would like to join Year 3 are automatically considered.
Two Music Scholarships worth up to 25% of the school fees are awarded to children entering Year 3 each September who show musical promise. In addition, up to two Music Exhibitions may be awarded to cover the cost of instrumental tuition on one instrument. Scholarships are only awarded if the child has also met the academic entry requirements of the 7+ Entrance Test. Children who would like to apply are expected to be working at Grade 2 level or equivalent (either to have already taken the Grade 2 exam, be working towards doing so, or be the equivalent standard if they do not take formal music exams). They must have been learning their instrument for a minimum of 12 months.
To apply for September 2019 entry, please complete the application form below and return to Mrs Rachel Kearney by no later than Friday 4th January 2019. Selected applicants will then be invited to attend a Music Scholarship Audition. These are normally held on the afternoon of the 7+ Entrance Day for external candidates. Internal candidates will be heard on a separate day either side of this date.
The Music Scholarship Audition will comprise of a 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 also be required from the child’s music teacher. The content of written instrumental reports remains confidential to the School and will be requested directly by the School from the teacher.