In order to recognise significant contribution by pupils to the life of the school, the school operates a scholarship system. Scholarships may be awarded in the following areas: Art; Music; Drama; Sport and Grammaticus (A general scholarship). Up to sixteen scholarships will be awarded each year. A scholarship may be worth up to £250. The scholarship will be used for additional training, equipment and educational costs; It is not a financial payment.
The Headteacher reserves the right not to award all the scholarships offered if candidates do not reach a sufficiently high standard. The expected standards for scholarship and listed across the page. Parents will be asked to notify the acceptance of a scholarship in writing. Normally scholarships are tenable for the whole year. However, all scholarships are reviewed termly and their continuance is dependent upon satisfactory conduct, attitude, participation and progress. As part of the termly review, holders of awards are expected to assess their own contribution and to set targets for themselves. Below are the expectations for candidates for each of the disciplines.
Candidates should have a record of commitment to Art in a variety of media which could include painting, drawing, photography, ceramics or some other medium. Candidates will present their portfolio of work in a variety of media, complete an unseen task and have an interview with the Head of Design Technology and Art. Art scholars would be expected to contribute fully to the artistic life of the school throughout their time as an Art scholar at the School.
Candidates should have a record of commitment to music making in their school or another setting (e.g. local or county orchestra, choir etc). Candidates for Rudiments (Year 7) and Lower Grammar (Year 9) entry would normally be expected to be performing at the equivalent of Grade 3 or better and candidates for Post 16 entry would normally be expected to be performing at the equivalent of Grade 6 or better. Candidates will present a prepared piece(s) lasting several minutes, be given some sight reading at the appropriate level and answer some aural tests; they will also be interviewed by the Head of Performing Arts. Credit will be given for performance on more than on instrument.
Music scholars will be expected to demonstrate a high level of musical ability contributing fully to the musical life of the school throughout their time as a Music scholar; performing both individually and participating in musical groups and their performances on a regular basis.
Candidates will have a record of commitment to drama in their school or in another setting (e.g. a dramatic society). Candidates would normally have taken a major role in at least one production. Candidates should provide a portfolio of their achievements on assessment day. The assessment will include an interview with the Head of Performing Arts, a performance of a prepared piece and an unseen exercise. Drama scholars will be expected to contribute regularly to the performance life of the school, participating fully in school productions throughout their time as a Drama scholar at the school.
Candidates must demonstrate outstanding sporting ability, potential, determination and enthusiasm. Successful candidates are likely to be of county standard or above. They will also respond well to guidance, work well in a team and demonstrate good leadership skills, whether by example or captaincy. Sport scholars should have exceptional talent in one or more sports, normally at least two. Preference will normally be given to those involved in school’s major sports – rugby and football for boys, netball and football for girls. However, exceptional performance (e.g. national level) in other disciplines may be eligible on the candidate’s sporting CV, observed performance in exercises and their chosen sport, and an interview with the Head of Physical Education. Sport scholars will be expected to regularly represent the school in sports fixtures throughout their time as a Sport scholar at the School. They would be expected to show commitment and a consistently high level of sportsmanlike behaviour.
Grammaticus (A general scholarship)
Candidates will have demonstrated a high level of achievement in at least five subject areas; these must include four of the following (English, Mathematics, Science, a language and a humanities including RE). Those interested in being considered for a Grammaticus scholarship should tick the Grammaticus option. For pupils in Rudiments (Year 7), they must have scored over 130 Yellis points plus a L5 in English and Mathematics at KS2 SATs. Grammaticus scholars will be expected to regularly represent the school in school functions throughout the year. They would be expected to show commitment to their studies and a consistently high level of academic achievement.
Candidates will have demonstrated a high level of “care for the individual ”within the school. They will have shown a distinct commitment to the Catholic life of the college by their words and actions. They will have demonstrated that their commitment has brought themselves and others closer to God. They would be expected to have demonstrated generosity to others in their school life, including fund raising. Candidates would be expected to have a supporting letter from their parish priest. Cura Personalis scholars will be expected to represent the school in Griffin Masses and other liturgical functions throughout the year.