What does scholarship mean at Westbourne?
A Westbourne scholarship is not just about celebrating and nurturing excellence, it’s about sharing it. Our scholarship students are given the opportunity to engage in tailored enrichment activities and extra support in their chosen area of talent. They are supported by staff who are experts in their field, and encouraged to challenge themselves to achieve at the very highest level. But it doesn’t end there. Scholarship students also act as ambassadors within the school, sharing their enthusiasm and encouraging fellow students to take an active interest in their subject area.
Each year a number of scholarships/bursaries are awarded to pupils aged 11+ on the basis of academic performance and for talent and potential in music and sport. Pupils have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship into senior school at Year 7 which carries a nominal 10% reduction off the School fee. In exceptional cases this may be increased to 25%. Augmentation of this award may be available on the basis of financial need. Any parents who feel they require more than 10% reduction in order to take up the offer of a scholarship must complete a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances before the examination date. The value of any award is at the discretion of the Headmaster.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of evidence of exceptional recent achievement, performance in the scholarship test and an interview. Scholarship exams take place each January for pupils commencing Year 7 in September of the same year.
However, we wish to stress to parents and pupils that entry to Westbourne School Senior School is not dependent upon sitting these exams.
There are three categories of scholarship:
Academic scholars at Westbourne will demonstrate exceptional intellectual potential. They are expected to provide a positive role model for fellow students and maintain excellent standards of academic progress and conduct at all times. They will be academically stretched by their teachers and will contribute positively and significantly to the academic life of the school.
Music scholars will be expected to take a minimum of one hour instrumental/vocal lessons per week. Music scholars will then be eligible for a complementary 30-minute instrumental/vocal lesson per week. They will have the opportunity of belonging to a musical group, leading a musical ensemble and attending external concerts. Music scholars will be expected to take part in at least two musical ensembles, play in music assembly once a term and perform at the annual Scholars’ Concert.
Sports scholars will represent the School and be ambassadors of the School’s sporting values in their chosen field. They are offered a strength and conditioning programme. They will be allocated a mentor and offered one to one coaching and support to prepare them for competition. Sports scholars will undertake a leadership role within their chosen sport to inspire others and to be a peer mentor to a fellow student.
Drama scholars will take part in workshops and student led performances where casting, directing, design and ‘gifted’ teams of students lead performance. Scholars can be involved with the wide and varied set of performances in School and further afield. Drama scholars are expected to fully immerse themselves in the life of the Drama Department and participate in at least two performances over the year. They will show a keen interest and involvement with activities provided, including trips, workshops and visiting theatre companies.
Where a student demonstrates significant intellectual potential as well as providing evidence of exceptional talent in a particular discipline.
What it involves
Applicants for Music and Sport scholarships will sit the NVR test and will then be assessed in either music or sport. They will also be required to submit a portfolio of evidence identifying their achievements and progression to date as well as their future expectations and may be requested to attend a practical interview.
Applicants for the “All round” scholarships will sit all of the exams and will be assessed in either music or sport on an alternative date to be arranged.
We encourage the parents of all children interested in taking the scholarship exams to visit Westbourne prior to the exams and also to encourage their child to attend the school for a day to ensure they feel relaxed and familiar with Westbourne when they sit the exams.
Further information regarding the exams and application forms can be downloaded from our website www.westbourneschool.co.uk Join Us – Scholarships
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We wish everyone the best of luck with these exams and look forward to welcoming you to Westbourne School