Scholarships

Reed’s offers a range of scholarships which are designed to attract those pupils who show the potential to benefit from the academic education offered by the School, its ethos and opportunities, and who will contribute to the active life of our School community.

Scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ or Sixth Form entry. The awards are made on the basis of assessments held in the year before entry. Specific dates for Scholarship applications are set out below.

11+ Scholarships

Scholarships available at 11+ are: Academic, Art, Music and Sport.

The closing date for Scholarship Applications for 11+ entry in 2019 is Friday 16th November 2018. A Scholarship Form will be emailed following registation. 

Academic

There is no need to apply for an Academic Scholarship. Candidates who perform outstandingly well in the academic entry tests will be invited back for a Scholarship interview with the Headmaster. These awards will be given based on performance in the Entry Tests, school report and interview with the Headmaster. There is no form to complete.

Art

The Art Scholarship assessment will take place on Tuesday 4th December 2018 for 2019 entry.

Candidates will participate in a drawing class and have an interview with the Head of Art to discuss their portfolio and their interest in Art.

The drawing class involves the candidates drawing a still-life piece, exploring texture, colour and proportion.

The portfolio should contain pieces completed both in school and at home and include final pieces and sketchbooks. The work can be in any media but is expected to include some drawing, tonal and line work. Any 3-D pieces can be photographed.

Music

Music Scholarship auditions will take place on Tuesday 4th December 2018 for 2019 entry.

The Director of Music is always delighted to meet with prospective Music Scholarship candidates. For an informal pre-audition consultation prior to this date please contact the Admissions Office.

Music Scholarship candidates at 11+ should offer a first instrument (or voice) at Grade 3 standard or above. 

Auditions will be held with the Director of Music. Candidates should present two pieces on their main instrument and one on each additional instrument offered. Instrumental candidates may also wish to present a song. Aural tests and a short piece of sight-reading will also form part of the audition. An accompanist will be provided although candidates occasionally bring their own.

Sport

The Sports Scholarship assessment day will take place on Friday 30th November 2018 for 2019 entry.

Successful candidates will need to show the potential to play at county or national standard.

Candidates will be required to undertake a series of basic motor-ability tests which are designed to test cardio-respiratory endurance, power, agility, co-ordination and endurance.  Candidates will also be assessed in two sports. The School’s major sports are rugby, hockey and cricket, but it is also possible for candidates to offer athletics, golf, tennis, skiing, squash and swimming.

Headmaster's Award

Headmaster's Awards can be awarded to any candidate who has been examined in a minimum of two scholarship categories and who has performed exceptionally well in both, but not quite up to scholarship standard in either.

Please note that candidates cannot apply for the Headmaster’s Award.

13+ Scholarships

Scholarships available at 13+ are: Academic, Art, Music, Drama, Design and Technology, and Sport.

Scholarships awarded at 13+ (other than an Academic Scholarship where the expected minimum is higher) are dependent upon candidates achieving our minimum 60% average on the qualifying papers at Common Entrance. 

Scholarship assessments are held in the Spring Term of Year 8. A Scholarship Form will be emailed in the Autumn Term of Year 8 to all those who have accepted a conditional place following the pre-test in Year 6.

The closing date for Scholarship applications for 13+ entry in 2019 is Thursday 31st January 2019. All Scholarship assessments (other than Academic) will be held on Tuesday 5th March 2019.

Academic

There are two possible ways a candidate can be offered an Academic Award:

1. Common Academic Scholarship: Candidates sit the Common Academic Scholarship which is set by the ISEB and held at Reed's in February of the year of entry. The examination consists of the following papers: Mathematics, English, Science, French, Geography, History and Religious Studies; Latin, German and Spanish are optional. For 13+ entry in 2019 this will take place on Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th February 2019.

Academic Scholarships will be offered to candidates who do very well in the Common Academic Scholarship Examinations.

The Headteacher of the candidate’s Preparatory School is responsible for informing the Admissions Office about any candidate who is to be entered by Reed's for the Common Academic Scholarship. The closing date for informing us of 13+ 2019 candidates is Monday 21st January 2019.

2. Academic Scholarship: candidates who do exceptionally well in Common Entrance held in June 2019 may be considered for an  Academic Scholarship award.  

Art

Candidates will participate in a drawing class and have an interview with the Head of Art to discuss their portfolio and their interest in Art. The portfolio should contain pieces completed both in school and at home and include final pieces and sketchbooks. The work can be in any media but is expected to include some drawing, tonal and line work. Any 3-D pieces can be photographed. The drawing class involves the candidates drawing a still-life piece, exploring texture, colour and proportion.

Design and Technology

Candidates will undertake a 45-minute design task that tests their creative ability, materials/construction knowledge and drawing skills.

Secondly, during a 10-15 minute interview, candidates will talk through their answer papers with the Head of Department. During this interview, boys are invited to bring in as much evidence to support their application as they wish. Generally, this consists of several projects from school with some paperwork if they have it. Plus, anything that they do independently, out of school, of a practical or technical nature (hobbies/interests) can really help.

Through this process, successful candidates should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest, understanding and relevant abilities above the norm for their age.

Drama

Candidates for a Drama Scholarship will participate in a practical workshop, write an essay, and be interviewed by the Head of Drama.

There is the expectation that the candidate is already participating in Drama or other Arts activities outside of regular school lessons. Candidates will be expected to take Drama at GCSE and A Level.

Music

Music Scholarship candidates at 13+ should offer a first instrument (or voice) of Grade 5 standard or above.

The Director of Music is always delighted to meet with prospective Music Scholarship candidates. For an informal pre-audition consultation please contact the Admissions Office.

Candidates should present two pieces on their main instrument and one on each additional instrument offered. Instrumental candidates may also wish to present a song.

Aural tests and a short piece of sight-reading will also form part of the audition. An accompanist will be provided although candidates occasionally bring their own.

Sport

Successful candidates will need to show the potential to play at county or national level.

Candidates will be required to undertake a series of basic motor-ability tests which are designed to test cardio-respiratory endurance, power, agility, co-ordination and endurance.  Candidates will also be assessed in two sports. The School’s major sports are rugby, hockey and cricket, but it is also possible for candidates to offer athletics, golf, tennis, skiing, squash and swimming. 

Athletics will be assessed by way of the morning gym tests whilst details of ski ratings and results will be needed if skiing is to be considered. If choosing skiing or athletics as a scholarship choice, an additional sport will need to be chosen to be assessed in. 

Headmaster's Award

Headmaster's Awards can be awarded to any candidate who has been examined in a minimum of two scholarship categories and who has performed exceptionally well in both, but not quite up to scholarship standard in either.

Please note that candidates cannot apply for the Headmaster’s Award.

Sixth Form Scholarships

Scholarships available at Sixth Form are: Academic, Art, Music, Drama, Design and Technology, and Sport.

The closing date for Scholarship applications for Sixth Form entry in 2019 is Friday 12th October 2018.

Art, Music, Drama and Design & Technology Scholarship assessments will take place on the Entrance Examination Day, Friday 9th November 2018.

Sports Scholarship assessments will be held in the afternoon on Tuesday 13th November 2018.

Art, Music, Drama and Design and Technology can also be selected as one of the candidate's chosen subjects in the Entry Test.

Academic

There is no need to apply for an Academic Scholarship. Candidates who perform outstandingly well in the Reed's Entry Examinations will be invited back for an Academic Scholarship interview with the Headmaster, after which awards will be made. There is no form to complete.

Art

Candidates should be A* standard and are expected to take Art at A Level. They must submit a portfolio of their work, participate in a drawing class and will be interviewed by the Head of Art. 

The portfolio should include finished artwork and sketchbooks. This could be part of a GCSE course or other work completed independently. 

Music

Music Scholarship candidates at 16+ should offer a first instrument (or voice) of Grade 6 standard or above. 

The Director of Music is always delighted to meet with prospective Music Scholarship candidates. For an informal pre-audition consultation please contact the Admissions Office.

Auditions will be held with the Director of Music - candidates should present two pieces on their main instrument and one on each additional instrument offered. Instrumental candidates may also wish to present a song. Aural tests and a short piece of sight-reading will also form part of the audition. An accompanist will be provided although candidates occasionally bring their own.

Drama

Candidates should be of A* standard and are expected to take Drama at A Level. They will be required to perform a short monologue (which will be provided in advance), complete a written paper and be interviewed by the Head of Drama.

Design and Technology

Candidates should be A* standard and are expected to take Design and Technology at A Level. They will be required to submit a portfolio of their work, sit a written examination including a design exercise, focusing on equipment and processes, and will have an in-depth interview with the Head of Design and Technology.

Sport

Candidates should be at least county standard. Wherever possible the Director of Sport will arrange for candidates to be seen playing sport in their own school or club matches.

Headmaster's Awards

Headmaster’s Awards may be awarded to any candidate who has been examined in a minimum of two categories (for example Academic and Sport) and who has performed very well in both, but who is not quite up to Scholarship standard in either.

Please note that candidates cannot apply for the Headmaster’s Award.

 

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