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SCHOLARSHIPS AT YARRELLS

We offer scholarship opportunities for pupils each academic year, from Year 3 and above. There are three categories of scholarship entry:

  • Academic

  • Creative and Performing Arts

  • Sport

Scholarship applications are received in the January preceding your child’s entry to the school and pupils meeting the specified standard will be invited to spend a day with us during which they will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and meet with the Head for a chat about something they love doing.

Scholarship awards constitute either a fee discount of between 2.5%-15% or free 1:1 lessons in the area of talent such as music, drama or tennis, for example.

We aim to make the interview process enjoyable and informal. We invite all candidates to come and spend a day with us, during which they will undertake some activities in their specific skill area, have an interview with the Head and enjoy time spent with other pupils in their year group.

Academic

Academic Scholarships are available each year to pupils who will sit tests in English, maths and reasoning. In each case, the pupil’s potential is considered more important than the current state of his or her knowledge.

Years 3 and 4: test duration is 30 mins each for English, maths and reasoning

Years 5 and 6: test duration is 45 mins each for English, maths and reasoning

Performing and Creative Arts

Scholarships are available for pupils showing an aptitude in one or more of the following disciplines:

Music

Our ideal scholarship candidates are children who love music-making, participating in musical activities of all sorts and who are prepared to work hard to improve their musical ability as they move through the school. In each case, the pupil’s potential is considered more important than the level of their current ability. However, as a guide we would be looking for the following standard:

Years 3 and 4: participation in music groups within school; learning an instrument (including voice) between Grades 1-3 (ABRSM/Trinity College/Rock School or a similar awarding body)

Years 5 and 6: participation in music groups within school and beyond; learning an instrument (including voice) at Grade 2+ level (ABRSM/Trinity College/Rock School or a similar awarding body)

Music candidates will take part in a session held by our Head of Music which covers a range of musical skills including sight reading and aural awareness. They should also prepare a piece to perform to the Head of Music in their chosen instrument. Pupils awarded scholarships in Music would be expected to play a full part in the musical life of the school, maintain their music tuition and practice regularly.

Art

Our ideal scholarship candidates are children who love art in all its forms, who show considerable aptitude in one or more mediums and who enjoy spending time in artistic pursuits both in and out of school. In each case, the pupil’s potential is considered more important than the level of their current ability.

On the day of the scholarship interview itself, candidates should bring examples of their art work and be prepared to spend time on a task set by our Head of Art in school.

Drama

Our ideal scholarship candidates are children who love performing, participating in drama activities of all sorts and who are prepared to work hard to improve their ability as they move through the school. In each case, the pupil’s potential is considered more important than the level of their current ability. However, some experience of having performed on the stage would be an advantage.

On the day of the scholarship interview itself, as well as engaging in a group drama skills lesson, candidates will be expected to have prepared a piece as follows:

Years 3 and 4:  a short poem to recite

Years 5 and 6: a short monologue to perform (approx. 1-2 minutes)

Dance

Our ideal scholarship candidates are pupils who love to dance, enjoy expressive movement and show potential in one or more dance forms. They are likely to be receiving dance lessons either within or beyond the school environment. In each case, the pupil’s potential is considered more important than the level of their current ability.

On the day of the scholarship interview itself, candidates will be expected to perform a pre-prepared short dance piece, to music if preferred, as well as engage in a group dance skills lesson with our Head of Dance.

Sport

General

Our ideal scholarship candidates are pupils who thrive playing sport as well as show considerable aptitude. Most candidates applying will be expected to contribute strongly to one or more of the major games played at Yarrells: athletics, cricket, cross country, football, netball, rugby and swimming. Athletic potential will also be considered and assessed for those candidates from schools who do not play our major games.

All candidates will be assessed in a range of different sporting skills by our Head of Sport, as well as be interviewed by the Head.

Tennis

We run a very successful Tennis Academy at Yarrells. Candidates should show considerable ability in tennis for their age and stage of development. Successful scholars are likely to be receiving tennis lessons within or beyond school already and perhaps be working within performance squads for their age. In each case, the pupil’s potential is considered more important than the level of their current ability.

On the day of the scholarship interview itself, candidates will have a 1:1 tennis session with the Head of our Tennis Academy as well as engage in a group skills session with children of their own age.

All Year 3 and above entry scholarships are tenable for the full duration of a child’s time at Yarrells, subject to satisfactory progress and behaviour.

Conditions

In all cases the Advisory Governing Body of the school reserves the right to determine the number and value of the awards to be made.

All awards are subject to the school’s ability to fund them within the context of its overall budget, and therefore levels cannot be guaranteed.

Applications will be considered in the order they are received, subject to a place still being available, and candidates will be sent an invitation to attend the relevant assessment day(s).

Yarrells Scholarship Week for Entry in 2022

Deadline for scholarship applications: Friday, 28th January

Scholarship exam: week commencing Monday 7th February

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