Year 9

Awards Available

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport
  • 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 to 20% of the fee.

The deadline for Year 9 Scholarship applications for 2017 is now closed.   Further details about Scholarship applications for 2018 will be published here once available.

To request a scholarship application pack and a registration form, please contact the Admissions team at or telephone 01263 714614.

Academic Scholarships

Examinations will be written scholarship papers in English, Mathematics and a General Paper (which will test aptitude and the ability to think ‘outside the box’). There will also be a science lesson which will assess students’ potential as scientists. In addition, all pupils will have interviews with the Headmaster and Deputy Head Academic (or another senior Academic Staff member).

Upon application candidates must supply a scholarship CV (example below). Candidates must also submit a short project or assignment in advance for discussion at interview. This work should demonstrate the applicant’s academic strengths and interests and they should be prepared to talk about it at interview.

A reference from the candidate’s current school will also be taken into consideration.

For external candidates the Academic Scholarship papers also serve as examinations for entry to the School.

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

The selection of music scholars will be by audition and interview with a panel of the full time members of the music staff.  Candidates will be expected to play on two instruments (the voice may count as one) and credit will be given if a third is offered.  There will be tests in musicianship skills and a viva voce will be given.  The expected standard on the first study instrument is Grade V Associated Board.  They should prepare two contrasting pieces to present on their first study and one on each of their other instruments.

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.

Successful Music Scholars will benefit from 30 free music lessons for two instruments per year in addition to a fee reduction of up to 20%.

Sport Scholarships

The format of assessment for Sport Scholarships is as follows:

  • Candidates will be assessed performing for their existing club or school by the Sports Development Director or the relevant member of Gresham’s sports staff prior to the practical assessment date. Therefore a fixture list or calendar must be provided in advance.
  • Candidates must supply a CV outlining their sporting achievements with their application.
  • Practical assessment will focus on general fitness, skills and co-ordination tasks.
  • During the course of the practical assessment day there will be interviews conducted by the relevant heads of individual sports.
  • References will also form part of the assessment process.

Candidates should have all round ability in the major games played at Gresham’s (rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, tennis, athletics). A successful candidate will also be expected to have played at representative county or regional level or equivalent.  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, 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.

Drama Scholarships

The process of audition for Year 9 Drama Scholarships is in three parts:

  • Participation in a group workshop – during the workshop candidates are assessed on their co-operative, theatrical and improvisation skills.  The games, exercises and tasks which are undertaken by the group are designed to bring out the best in the candidate and to see what he or she might bring to Drama at Gresham’s.
  • Individual performance of a monologue or performance of a musical theatre number lasting approximately 2 minutes. This is an opportunity for the individual students 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), often conducted in groups of two or three, in which each candidate has the opportunity to share his or her theatrical interests and discuss performances seen or participated in.

Candidates must submit a scholarship CV listing any productions the candidate has taken part in, including the role/s played. CVs should include any other drama experience outside of lessons e.g. membership of a drama club. References from the Head of the candidate’s school, Head of Drama and any drama clubs (where relevant) will also be taken into consideration.


Year 9 Scholarships Booklet

Example Scholarship CV