Various scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry levels for strong candidates, whether boarders or day pupils. Academic Scholarships are awarded on consideration of entrance examination results, interview and school report.
|• Academic Scholarships,||11+, 13+ and 16+|
|• Music Scholarships||11+, 13+ and 16+|
|• Sport Scholarships||13+ and 16+|
|• Creative Arts Scholarships||13+ and 16+|
• At 11+, pupils are expected to have reached Grade 5 standard or show evidence of outstanding potential
• At 13+, Grade 6
• At 16+, Grade 8
At the audition, girls will be invited to play two contrasting pieces of music on their first instrument (or voice), with an optional piece on a second instrument (or voice). There will also be aural and sight-reading tests. In addition, candidates should also be prepared to answer general questions regarding their music interest, e.g. composing, harmony, concerts, instruments, choirs and orchestras. Successful candidates will be expected to show some knowledge of theory and to take the GCSE or AS Music course, as appropriate.
All Music Scholarships are dependent upon weekly attendance at school musical activities, to be agreed, and participation in school concerts, etc. Candidates and their parents are respectfully advised that it is a condition of all music scholarships that scholars receive principal study of instrumental tuition from a member of HMSG music staff. Exceptions are made for post Grade 8 students who wish to study with an Associate Professor of one of the British Conservatoires or who attend the junior departments of Conservatoires.
Applications for Sports Scholarships should be made by letter to the Headmistress. Students will be invited to spend a day with HMSG’s Department of Physical Education. The programme will allow applicants to see all the facilities and to be assessed across a range of the major sports offered at HMSG. Students need to come prepared to participate in any of the following – netball, lacrosse, hockey, swimming, athletics and dance.
Students offered a Sports Scholarship will be expected to exhibit the following:
• Excellent aptitude for sport in general,
• Particular strength in two or more sports or dance,
• The commitment to attend lunchtime and after school practices and training sessions,
• The wish to represent the school in at least two sports,
• The willingness to be available for regular fixtures on weekdays and weekends.
To support their application, students should bring a portfolio of their sporting achievements, awards, successes, press coverage, etc.
Application should be made by letter to the Headmistress. These scholarships recognise that students may have an interest across the range of creative subjects, including aspects of art and drama, and so the format of the scholarship day may vary.
Students will be invited to join either a Year 8 or Year 9 drama lesson. In addition there will be a short group interview. Students may also be asked to sing or demonstrate their dance ability depending on the area of interest. Students awarded a scholarship should expect to study GCSE Drama and to involve themselves in school productions and other extra curricular activities.
Students will be invited to spend a morning or afternoon in the Art Department. Applicants will need to bring a selection of observational drawings, ideally using a range of media, monochrome and colour. Examples may be arranged in a portfolio or within a sketchbook. Other work may comprise:
• Painting (using a range of materials and techniques) on different supports
• Graphic design projects
• Ceramics (bulky objects may be photographed)
Students should be prepared to take part in a drawing exercise which will be prepared and introduced by a member of staff. Students will also be expected to discuss their work during a short interview.
Students awarded a scholarship should expect to study GCSE or AS Fine Art or Ceramics, as appropriate.