Scholarships at 13+

Scholarships available on entry into the Third Year: Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Sport

External candidates

The vast majority of external candidates applying for scholarships at 13+ do so from independent preparatory schools. Parents of scholarship candidates from maintained schools should contact the Admissions Office for details of the assessment process and for guidance on how best to prepare and support their child’s application. All candidates for scholarship must already be holding an offer of a place following the 11+ Pre-Test and award offers are always dependent upon a satisfactory performance at Common Entrance.

A completed Scholarship Application Form, together with the correct Summary Form and any relevant background information must be sent to the College Admissions Office from the preparatory school for all those wishing to be considered for any type of scholarship. This must be received by 1 February in Year 8. Families must discuss the process of application for a scholarship with the Head of their preparatory school.

Internal candidates

Applications for Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships are welcomed from current Second Year students at the College. Academic Scholarships are available, but do not have a separate application process and are awarded purely on merit, through analysing the end of First Year and end of Second Year examination results. These will be announced at the start of the Third Year.

The first step for current Second Year students is to discuss a potential application early on in the first term of Second Year with the relevant Head of Department, who will be able to offer guidance regarding the strength and prospects of the application. A completed Scholarship Application Form, together with the correct Summary Form and any relevant background information must then be sent to the Headmistress's PA, again by 1 February in Second Year.

If a child is already in possession of a scholarship, any additional scholarship will be classed as ’Honorary’ – i.e. there is no further fee remission attached. All other benefits of the scholarship are identical.

Scholarship application forms and sample papers

To find copies of our scholarship application forms and academic scholarship sample papers please visit the Admissions Downloads Page.

Eligibility

Candidates must be under 14 years of age on 31 August at the start of the Third Year. Scholarships should not be confused with the Assisted Places Scheme or with Bursaries; the former provides means-tested financial support with fees, while the latter are allocated to existing College families in the case of proven financial need. The College views scholarships not so much as a prize, but as an investment in ability and potential, and in recent years some of our scholars have gone on to gain international recognition as well as consistently gaining entry to highly-regarded colleges and Russell Group universities.

Timings

All interviews and assessments for Art, Sport, Drama, Music and Academic scholarships take place in April/May of Year 8. Details of all timings and requirements are sent to families.

Review

An annual review of all existing scholarships takes place, which will include monitoring of academic performance across core subjects. Where a student has done their best to uphold the conditions of a scholarship, this review is normally a formality until the end of the Fifth Year. However, where a student has not met the expectations of a scholar in terms of effort, a scholarship can be removed at the end of any academic year including the Lower Sixth. A major review of scholarships takes place in the Fifth Year. Scholarships are retained for the Sixth Form or are removed where performance no longer merits scholarship in open competition.

Academic Scholarships

For external candidates, these are awarded on the basis of examinations sat at the College and references from the preparatory school. The College sets its own examination papers (similar to the ISEB Common Academic Scholarship versions) which are sat over 2-3 days in early May, shadowing the same schedule as the ISEB papers. The Latin and TPR papers do not need to be taken if not appropriate, subject to agreement by the College. The standard expected is equivalent to that which is shown by students who ultimately will attain Grade 9 at GCSE and A* at A Level and move on to top universities in the UK.

For internal candidates, Academic Scholarships do not have a separate application process and are awarded purely on merit, through analysing the end of First Year and end of Second Year examination results. These will be announced at the start of the Third Year.

Art Scholarships

Art Scholarships are awarded on the strength of a candidate's potential; this is judged by the variety and quality of a portfolio of their work, which they should bring to the assessment to form the basis of an interview. The portfolio should contain a range of media and methods (including a sketch book) and exhibit the candidate's commitment to artistic excellence; it should be organised and edited to focus on work from the past year. There will also be a timed observational drawing assessment in pencil, lasting roughly an hour, as well as the opportunity to meet members of the Art Department.

Drama Scholarships

These awards are made to those who are likely to make an outstanding contribution to the College in Drama. It is expected that the candidates will already have made a significant contribution to their present school or local community. Candidates should be able, through performance, to demonstrate the ability to interpret written material in a dramatic context. They should demonstrate the ability to create and convey character, mood, atmosphere, emotion and narrative with flair and accomplishment.

They should also be able to discuss confidently and with ease the importance of drama and demonstrate an awareness of the skills and qualities required to produce good drama. They should have a full record of past accomplishments to bring to the assessment. Successful candidates will be expected to fulfil commitments to drama activities when required.

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships are given to the musically gifted and are awarded on the strength of the candidate's potential, judged by both their level of performance at the time of audition, and responses to questions asked. Those offering a second instrument and/or voice are at an advantage; the College has a particularly strong choral tradition. Free tuition from the College’s peripatetic instrumental teachers may be offered on up to two instruments.

As a guide, the standard generally expected of candidates will be Grade IV at 11+ and Grade V at 13+. Those competing at 16+ need to be of Grade VII standard.

For the audition, candidates will be required to play two consecutive pieces on their principal instrument and one piece on their second instrument (if offered) and to read at sight. They may also sing a solo if this is not one of the studies already offered. A piano accompanist will be provided by the College.

It should be emphasised that a high level of commitment is expected of any St George's College Music Scholar, and that the awards are only made to candidates who seriously intend to meet these expectations.

The Music Department is well equipped with a recital room, a recording studio, a teaching room equipped with computers, iPads and a smart board, a rock band studio, numerous teaching and practice rooms and a music library. The Department has a harpsichord, a full samba set, steel pans, and a gamelan. There is an excellent grand piano and three-manual organ in Chapel. Alongside the award-winning Chamber Choir there are other vocal ensembles, an orchestra, a wind band, string camerata, and rock-shop groups all of which take part in regular concerts, trips and events.

Sport Scholarships

Sport Scholarships are awarded to those deemed to be highly skilled at sport. They may be awarded on the strength of the student's potential across a range of sports, or in a specialised sport, if they excel. Those able to perform highly within a second or third sport will be at an advantage. It is desirable that candidates can demonstrate accomplishment equivalent to County representation within one of the College's main sports of hockey, tennis, rowing, netball, cricket and rugby

Academic standards must have been maintained for external students to be considered for a Sport Scholarship.

A student who is awarded a Sports Scholarship will be expected to give a high level of dedication and commitment to College sport across all three terms and must therefore display an outstanding attitude towards all sports played at the College. Their conduct in sport, in competition and in training must be of the highest order, and they must lead by example by being ambassadors for the College.

Sport Scholarships awarded at 13+ are reviewed at the end of Fifth Year. From September 2025 entry, Sport Scholarships and exhibitions will be awarded at 14+ and will last for two academic years. Scholars can then reapply for a scholarship commencing in Sixth Form if they wish.

Anyone wishing to discuss an application should contact Mrs Laura Gibson (Assistant Director of Sport) by emailing lgibson@stgeorgesweybridge.com

Sport Scholarships for Tennis

Tennis Scholarships are awarded to committed tennis players who demonstrate the potential to progress to a National / International level during their time with us. As a minimum, candidates should be involved in County Performance Training with a record of excellent results and potential at LTA Regional to National level competition or Tennis Europe experience.

Academic standards must have been maintained for external students to be considered for a Sport Scholarship.

A student who is awarded a Tennis Scholarship will be expected to give a high level of dedication and commitment to College Tennis across all three terms and must display an outstanding attitude. Their conduct in competition and in training must be of the highest order, and they must lead by example by being ambassadors for the College.

Tennis Scholarships awarded at 13+ are reviewed at the end of Fifth Year. From September 2025 entry, Tennis Scholarships will be awarded at 14+ and will last for two academic years. Scholars can then reapply for a scholarship commencing in Sixth Form if they wish.

Anyone wishing to discuss an application should contact Mr Jono Ward (Head of Tennis) by emailing jward@stgeorgesweybridge.com

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