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 competitive tests, and interviews are held in the Spring Term for 11+ and 13+ and during the Autumn Term for Sixth Form.

11+ Scholarships

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

Please contact the Admissions Office for Scholarship Application Forms. They can also provide further information about deadlines for submitting Applications, assessment dates and supporting written information about a prospective pupil's ability and achievements in a chosen field.

Academic

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

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 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 shortly after the Academic tests. 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.

Sport

Successful candidates will need to show the potential to play at county or national standard and supporting written information about achievement in their chosen sports must be provided by their school, county, club or qualified coach.

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.

The Sport Scholarship assessments are held after the Academic tests, providing candidates have reached the required academic standard.

Headmaster's Award

This can be awarded to any candidate who has been examined in a minimum of two 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.

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

Scholarship applications for Art, Drama, DT, Music and Sport should include references from the appropriate department of the school and, if appropriate, supporting information from outside organisations.

Please contact the Admissions Office for Scholarship Application Forms. They can also provide further information about deadlines for submitting Applications and supporting written information about a prospective pupil's ability and achievements in a chosen field.

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 is 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.

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. 

2. Academic Scholarship: candidates who do exceptionally well in Common Entrance held in June 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.

Completed Scholarship Application forms for Art should include references from the relevant department of the school and, if appropriate, supporting information from outside organisations.  

Design and Technology

Candidates will sit 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 be required to 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.

Auditions will be held with the Director of Music where 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.

Sport

Successful candidates will need to show the potential to play at county or national level and supporting written information about their achievements in their chosen sports must be provided by their school, county, club or qualified coach,  prior to the day of the tests.

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, please choose an additional sport to be assessed on the day

Headmaster's Award

This can be awarded to any candidate who has been examined in a minimum of two 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. 

Please contact the Admissions Office for Scholarship Application Forms. They can also provide further information about deadlines for submitting Applications and supporting written information about a prospective pupil's ability and achievements in a chosen field.

Supporting written information about a prospective pupil's ability and achievements in their chosen fields should be provided (where applicable) and sent to the Admissions Office.

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

Academic

Candidates who perform outstandingly well in the Reed's Entry Test will be invited back for an Academic Scholarship interview with the Headmaster.

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. 

Music

Candidates will be required to perform two prepared pieces at grade 6 or above. There will also be an interview with the Director of Music, as well as sight-reading and aural tests.

Drama

Candidates should be of A* standard and are expected to take Drama at A Level. They will be required to perform a short prepared monologue, 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 are asked to submit a portfolio of their work, carry out a short design exercise followed by a written examination focusing on equipment and processes, and be interviewed by the Head of Design and Technology.

Sport

Candidates should be at least county standard. An assessment will be made by the Director of Sport and tests in some sports will be carried out on the day. 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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