The tests will be based on GCSE syllabuses and candidates will be expected to answer on three subjects of their own choice. All papers will last for one hour. There will also be a short general interview.
For an award in Art, all candidates should offer a portfolio of work.
(Please note there is no formal written paper for this Award)
Drama Scholarships are awarded to candidates who show excellence in either Performance or Technical Skills. All Performance candidates should present two contrasting pieces: one must be an acting solo; the other may be acting or an extract from a musical. The music should be in the form of a backing track. If a piano accompanist is needed, a copy of the music should be included with the completed entry form when returned. The combined time for both pieces
should not exceed six minutes. All Technical candidates will be expected to provide details of their experience and should nominate the technical skills they would like to be taken into consideration.
Candidates will be expected to provide a full CV of their involvement in drama and the name of a person(s) from outside of school who is able to provide a supporting statement. This supporting statement should be sent to the School before the scholarship assessments. Please note that it is the Parents’/Guardians’ responsibility to ensure that these references are submitted. Certificates and additional information on drama achievements to support the application may also be submitted.
Drama Exhibitions may be awarded to those who show potential but do not quite reach Scholarship level. Free LAMDA lessons will be offered to Drama Exhibitioners and Drama Scholars.
Candidates are normally expected to be at the level of ABRSM grade 7 or equivalent. Any instrument may be offered. A Paul Crosfield Choral Scholarship can be applied for in addition to a Music Scholarship (see Paul Crosfield Choral Scholarships). The candidate’s musical experience and record will be taken into account. Music Exhibitions may be awarded to those who show potential but do not quite reach Scholarship level. Free music lessons will be offered to those awarded a Music Exhibition.
Auditions usually consist of a performance of two contrasting pieces on first instrument and one on subsequent instruments, sight-reading, aural tests and a short interview with the music team.
All Music Awards Holders are expected to contribute fully to the musical life of the school, taking part in ensembles, concerts and masterclasses. There are frequent opportunities for performance, either as a soloist or in the various choirs, orchestras, bands and chamber groups.
The Director of Music is very happy to meet candidates considering an application in advance of a formal audition to hear them play/sing, and to offer advice and encouragement.
Paul Crosfield Choral Awards
Candidates are expected to be singing at a high level (approximately ABRSM grade 7) and any cathedral chorister or choir experience will be taken into account. Paul Crosfield Choral Scholarships can be applied for in conjunction with a Music Scholarship or Music Exhibition and are available to outstanding singers across all voice parts. Free singing lessons will be offered to those awarded a Paul Crosfield Choral Scholarship in addition to an annual sheet music allowance to the value of £100.
Auditions usually consist of a performance of two contrasting pieces, sight-reading, aural tests and a short interview with the music team.
All Paul Crosfield Choral Scholars are expected to contribute fully to the musical life of the school and be an integral member of the Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir. They will have unique access to the benefits offered by the newly-created partnership between The Leys and Trinity College Choir, Cambridge, which will include the opportunity to attend rehearsals, services and concerts at Trinity in addition to receiving specialist choral training sessions.
For a Sports award, candidates should be able to show a high level of proficiency and commitment in at least two major sports. Candidates will be expected to provide a full CV of their sporting involvement and to provide the name of a person(s) from outside of school who is able to provide a supporting statement. This supporting statement should be sent to the School before the scholarship assessments. Please note that it is the Parents’/Guardians’ responsibility to ensure that these references are submitted. Certificates and additional information on sports achievements to support the application may also be submitted.
Candidates will be interviewed and participate in practical tests, which are designed to test their skills and fitness. They will also, where possible, participate in team games (possibly reduced sides). Each candidate will be assessed in two sports.
The Arkwright Scholarship Awards
Those wishing to follow an A level course in Design and Technology, leading to courses in Higher Education, to read Engineering, Technology or other Design-related subjects, may enter for Arkwright Scholarships. These Scholarships are externally assessed and awarded.
Further details and application forms will be available from the Arkwright website www.arkwright.org.uk.