Year 9

Scholarships available

  • Academic
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Scholarship from African Schools (an all-round award)

Academic scholarships are worth up to 50% of the fee. All other 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. The aggregate value of scholarships awarded, where one is academic, will not exceed 50% of the fee.

In addition, Britten Instrumental scholarships worth up to 50% of the fee and Britten Instrumental Exhibitions worth up to 35% of the fee are available for exceptional candidates who have achieved Grade VII on their preferred instrument.

The deadline for Year 9 Scholarship applications for entry in September 2019 is Friday 16th November 2018.

Scholarship examination dates are listed below:

Academic scholarships Monday 21st January 2019
Academic scholarship interviews (external candidates) Monday 21st January 2019
Academic scholarship interviews (Gresham’s Prep candidates) Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Drama scholarships (am) Thursday 24th January 2019
Art scholarships (pm) Thursday 24th January 2019
Music scholarships Friday 25th January 2019
Sport scholarships Monday 28th January 2019

Please find below a scholarship information pack.

Gresham’s Year 9 Scholarships Booklet 2019

If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please request a scholarship application form from admissions@greshams.com or telephone 01263 714614.

Academic Scholarships

Candidates will be assessed in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. In the Science assessment there will be a practical element.

There will be further assessments in the form of a general paper, which will explore logical as well as independent thinking, and a group speaking exercise, which will incorporate aspects of debating, public speaking, and teamwork.

The candidates will be interviewed by the Deputy Head (Academic) and the Headmaster.

All the assessments will explore intellectual curiosity and therefore preparation for academic scholarship should focus on reading and exploring around areas of interest rather than practising papers. 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 the different assessments.

Upon the receipt of the scholarship application, Gresham’s will write to the candidate’s current school to request a reference, which will also be taken into consideration.

For external candidates the scholarship papers also serve as examinations for entry to Gresham’s.

 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.

Please use the links below to view sample papers.

Year 9 English Scholarship Paper Sample 1

Year 9 English Scholarship Paper Sample 2

Year 9 Maths Scholarship Paper Sample 1

Year 9 Maths Scholarship Paper Sample 2
Year 9 General Scholarship Paper Sample 1
Year 9 General Scholarship Paper Sample 2

Music Scholarships

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 V, 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 VII. 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.  Gresham’s would be interested to see any compositions or special musical projects candidates may be working on and these should be brought on the day, although there is no requirement for candidates to bring these.

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

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.

Sport Scholarships

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 very good level of physical fitness.

The format of assessment for sport scholarships will be as follows:

  • During the course of the proceeding term, 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 practical assessment date. It is essential that a fixture list or calendar be provided in advance.  Please contact the Director of Sport, Mr Steve Adams (sadams@greshams.com)
  • Practical assessment on the day will focus on upon our major games plus an assessment on general fitness, skills and co-ordination tasks.

A CV outlining the candidate’s sporting achievements should be provided, and references from coaches and Heads of Sport at the current school will also form part of the assessment process.

They will be expected to be fully committed to the sporting environment of the school and to represent Gresham’s throughout the school year.

Art Scholarships

The selection of art scholars will be by an interview with the Head of Art, and will include an inspection of the candidates’ portfolios and an observational drawing task.  Portfolios should show evidence of a genuine passion for art.  Successful candidates are likely to bring 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 of 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.

Award holders would usually be expected to take GCSE Art and to take a full part in the co-curricular art programme of the School.

Drama Scholarships

Candidates will be assessed in three areas:

  • The first part of the day will look at candidates’ participation in a group workshop. Candidates will be assessed on their co-operative, theatrical and improvisation skills through a series of games, exercises and tasks.
  • An Individual 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.
  • An interview with a member of the Drama Department (interviews may be recorded). These will be conducted in groups of two or three, and each candidate has the opportunity to share their theatrical interests and discuss performances seen or participated in.

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

A pupil who is awarded a drama scholarship at Year 9 will be expected to take GCSE Drama (and usually A-level Theatre Studies or IB Theatre) and to take a full part in the theatrical life at Gresham’s.

The African Scholarship

The African Scholarship recognises all-round ability. It is intended to identify pupils who will contribute exceptionally to the overall life of the school.  Successful scholars will have major co-curricular strengths comparable, if not equal to, scholarship standard. Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate leadership qualities and potential.

In order to be eligible for this award the candidate and their immediate family must currently be resident in Africa and the candidate must be attending an African school.

Candidates will sit Gresham’s academic scholarship papers during the scholarship assessment week. Candidates must also be entered for at least one scholarship assessment from either Art, Music, Drama or Sport. Please refer to the relevant dates and criteria for Art, Music, Drama and Sport.

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

Example Scholarship CV