Year 9 Scholarships
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. 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.
Scholarship examination dates are below:
|Academic scholarships – Monday 17th January 2022|
|Academic scholarship interviews (external candidates) – Monday 17th January 2022|
|Academic scholarship interviews (Gresham’s Prep candidates) – Tuesday 18th January 2022|
|Drama scholarships (am) – Thursday 20th January 2022|
|Art scholarships (pm) – Thursday 20th January 2022|
|Music scholarships – Friday 21st January 2022|
|Sport scholarships – Monday 24th January 2022|
Please find below a scholarship information pack.
If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please request a scholarship application form from email@example.com or telephone 01263 714614.
Candidates will be assessed in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.
There will be a further assessment in the form of a general paper, which will explore logical as well as independent thinking.
The candidates will be interviewed by the Deputy Head (Academic) and the Headmaster.
Interviews for external candidates will take place on Monday 17th January 2022.
Interviews for Gresham’s Prep School candidates will take place on Tuesday 18th January 2022.
Sample test papers are available below. 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
The selection of art scholars will take place upon an inspection of the candidates’ portfolios by members of the Art and Design team as well as participating in a group print workshop. 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.
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.
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.