Sixth Form

Awards Available

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

All scholarships are worth up to 20% of the fee.

An art, drama, music, or sport scholarship may be awarded in addition to an academic scholarship.

In addition, Britten Instrumental scholarships worth up to 60% of the fee and Britten Instrumental Exhibitions worth up to 35% of the fee are available for exceptional candidates who have achieved Grade VIII+ on their preferred instrument.

The deadline for scholarship applications for entry in September 2019 is Friday 12th October 2018.

Deadline for Sixth Form bursary applications:                                      Friday 5th October 2018
Scholarship Assessment morning:                                                        Saturday 10th November 2018

For further information and a registration form contact Admissions at admissions@greshams.com or on 01263 714614.

Gresham’s Sixth Form Scholarship Booklet 2019

Academic

All candidates will be assessed in their chosen preferred subjects for A Level or Higher Level at IB.

On the date of the Sixth Form scholarship assessments, external candidates will be interviewed by the Heads of Department in their chosen subjects in the style of university entrance interview. They will also have general academic interview with Deputy Head (Academic), and an interview with the Headmaster.

All the assessments will explore intellectual curiosity and therefore preparation for the academic scholarship should focus on reading and exploring around areas of interest beyond the GCSE curriculum. An interest in general knowledge and current affairs will be an advantage. The school will be looking for strengths in at least one area backed up by a strong performance across all interviews.

For external candidates the school will request an academic reference and a copy of a recent academic report from the candidate’s current school.

All candidates are expected to be predicted high GCSE grades (or equivalent).

Award holders will be expected to participate widely in the academic life of the school and maintain very high standards in their approach to their studies.

Sport

All candidates for sports scholarships are expected to have all-round ability in the major games played at Gresham’s (rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, tennis, athletics). A successful candidate will be expected to have played at county or regional level, or an equivalent and be able to perform very well in exercises which demonstrate skills and coordination. Applicants are expected to have a good level of physical fitness.

During the course of the preceding terms, candidates will be observed performing for their existing club or school by, the Director of Sport or the relevant member of Gresham’s sports staff prior to the interview date. It is essential that a fixture list or calendar must be provided in advance.  Please contact, the Director of Sport, Mr Steve Adams (sadams@greshams.com).

A CV outlining the candidate’s sporting achievements should be provided. For external candidates, references from coaches and heads of sport at the current school will also form part of the assessment process. For internal candidates, reference should be sought from coaches external to Gresham’s. References from members of Gresham’s staff will not be accepted.

Sport scholars will be expected to be fully committed to sport in a leading role within the school and to represent Gresham’s throughout the school year.

Art

The selection of Art scholars will be by an interview with the Head of Art, an inspection of the candidate’s portfolios and an observational drawing task.  Portfolios should show evidence of ability, commitment, enthusiasm and interest in art.  Successful candidates are likely to bring in their portfolio evidence of experimentation and investigation across a variety of media and have strong observational drawing skills.  Three-dimensional or very large-scale work may be included and may be represented in photographs.  Busy, personal sketchbooks that show evidence of work undertaken independently outside school will be of particular interest. As part of their interview, candidates will be asked about a contemporary artist whose work they admire.

Candidates must supply a scholarship CV. A reference from the Head of the candidate’s school and Head of Art will also be taken into consideration.

Art scholars will be expected to take A Level Art or IB Visual Arts and make a whole-hearted contribution to the visual arts at Gresham’s.

Music

Music scholarships are awarded in light of musical merit and potential.

The selection of music scholars is by audition and interview with a panel of music staff.  At the audition candidates will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces on their principal instrument, which may include voice, and one other instrument.  Their first instrument should be approximately Grade VII, although it is not necessary to have taken the Associated Board exam. An experienced accompanist will be available.  Ability on a second instrument (or voice) is usual but not mandatory. In selecting music for performance, it is worth bearing in mind that a virtuoso or ostentatious piece is not always the best way for candidates to display their skill.

The selection of Britten Instrumental Scholars and Exhibitions award holders is by audition and interview with a panel of music staff.  At the audition candidates will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces on their principal instrument and one on another instrument. Their first instrument should be approximately Grade VIII+. This grade should be seen as a guide, but candidates will be expected to play at this level. An experienced accompanist will be available.  Ability on a second instrument (or voice) is usual but not mandatory. In selecting music for performance it is worth bearing in mind that a virtuoso or ostentatious piece is not always the best way for candidates to display their skill; candidates should play pieces that they play well and confidently.

All candidates will be given sight-reading tests and a short series of aural tests. It is anticipated that applicants will have a working knowledge of music theory.  The school would be interested to see any compositions or special musical projects candidates may be working on and these should be brought on the day. There is no requirement for candidates to bring these.

All candidates are required to supply a scholarship CV with their application.

Award holders or those awarded free music tuition are expected to play an active and positive leading role in the musical life of the School. Participation is expected in Chapel choir and ensembles as advised by the Director of Music.

The Director of Music is happy to meet potential candidates and their parents informally prior to the audition to give advice about musical standards and the opportunities for musicians at Gresham’s.

Drama

All candidates will be assessed in three areas:

  • A group workshop
  • A performance of a monologue or performance of a musical theatre number lasting approximately two minutes and
  • Interview

On Saturday 10th November both external and internal candidates will participate in a group workshop. Candidates will be assessed on their co-operative, theatrical and improvisation skills through a series of games, exercises and tasks.

External candidates will also be required to perform individually in a performance of a monologue or performance of a musical theatre number lasting approximately two minutes. This is an opportunity for the individual student to prepare a piece in advance that plays to their strengths and demonstrates their ability to communicate with an audience.

After the performances, external candidates will be interviewed by a member of the Drama department, interviews may be recorded. In the interview candidates will have the opportunity to share theatrical interests and discuss performances they have seen or participated in.

All candidates must supply a scholarship CV which lists productions the candidate has taken part in including the role(s) played and other drama experiences e.g. LAMDA Speech, membership of a drama club or society.

References from the Head of the external candidate’s school, Head of Drama and any drama clubs (where relevant) will also be taken into consideration.

Drama scholars will be expected to take A level Theatre Studies or IB Theatre studies, and to take a full part in the theatrical life of the School.