Scholarships

Scholars are highly valued at St Mary's. They make an active contribution to the rich life of the school and act as role models and leaders to other pupils and as ambassadors for St Mary's. Scholars are encouraged - and expected - to make the most of the wealth of educational opportunities available to them to extend, broaded and strengthen their aptitudes and talents and to gain valuable experience that will stand them in good stead for the future.

Encouraging excellence

We welcome Scholarship applications from prospective Year 7 students who can demonstrate potential in Art, Drama, Music or Sport. Performance in the Entrance Assessment determines which students are offered St Mary’s Academic Scholarships, while Miss Comrie Scholars are chosen following their meeting with the Principal and an independent panel. In all cases, students are expected to show enthusiasm, commitment and a level of success, as well as promise. There is no financial assessment for St Mary’s Scholarship applicants and all Scholarships are awarded solely on merit and in open competition.

 

Recognising Scholars

Our Scholars take the lead in their field of expertise throughout their time at the school. They contribute their skills, time and ideas to enrich school life and motivate other students to strive and achieve, which brings its own rewards. Having joined St Mary’s, Scholars wear the beautiful Scholars’ badge and are recognised throughout the school. They are mentored and advised to take advantage of particular opportunities designed to develop their skills and experience. Scholarships also attract a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.

 

How to apply for a St Mary’s Year 7 Scholarship

1 Complete the Registration Form and pay the Registration Fee - the Registration Form can be found in the back of the school prospectus or online by following the link below:

Registration Form

2 Complete the Scholarship Application form - this can be found in the back of the Year 7 Scholarships booklet or online by following the link below:

Scholarship Application Form

3 Return the completed Scholarship Application form to the Registrar by the deadline - see the Year 7 Admissions Timeline:

Year 7 Admissions Timeline

4 Attend the Scholarship Assessment Day, if invited, bringing any requested information or evidence

 

St Mary’s Year 7 Scholarships

For full information on St Mary’s Year 7 Scholarships and the criteria for application, please download our Year 7 Scholarships booklet:

St Mary's Scholarships Booklet

 

Academic Scholarship

St Mary’s has one of the best records of academic achievement in the county. Our most able students are identified, tracked and individually monitored to ensure that they are given all the support and extension they need to fly high and realise their academic potential.

Our Academic Scholars are encouraged and expected to take advantage of opportunities to extend their learning through St Mary’s Outstanding Potential Accelerated Learners (OPAL) programme, which provides seminars, workshops and educational visits designed to stretch our most able students. Scholars take a lead role in the school’s academic activities, which include debating competitions, student-led seminars and educational challenges. They represent the school in local, regional and national competitions and events. Academic Scholars wear the beautiful Scholars’ Badge and are recognised throughout their time at the school. Scholars receive a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.

Academic Scholars are chosen to lead in-school academic activities and to represent the school in the wider world and it is expected that they show effort, commitment and enthusiasm in doing so. They should at all times set an example to other students, upholding the school’s academic standards and ethos.

Academic Scholarships may be awarded to prospective Year 7 students who show a high level of academic potential and ability. It is not possible to apply for an Academic Scholarship - these are offered on the basis of achievement in the

St Mary’s Senior School Entrance Assessment, which is designed to ascertain aptitude rather than experience. There is no limit to the number of Academic Scholarships that may be offered in one year of entry - in common with all St Mary’s Scholarships, they are awarded solely on merit. All Scholarships are awarded along with the offer of a place at St Mary’s.

 

Art Scholarship

The Art department at St Mary’s is a professional-style creative environment where our most talented artists flourish, inspired by visits to galleries and the high-quality teaching, which is recognised by the Arts Council of England with the ‘Gold Artsmark’. 

Our Art Scholars are developed as independent learners and imaginative thinkers, who formulate their own personal responses to set topics and themes.

Scholars take a lead role in whole-school Art activities and represent the department on the St Mary’s Arts Council, which influences the impact of the Arts throughout the school.

Scholars act as ambassadors for the school at art events and exhibitions locally and regionally and their artwork is exhibited beyond the school as an example of the high quality of Art at St Mary’s.

Art Scholars wear the beautiful Scholars’ Badge and are recognised throughout their time at the school.

Scholars receive a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.

Art Scholars contribute to the whole-school Art ethos. They have a positive approach in, and show commitment to, Art lessons and activities, supporting others. Scholars take a lead role in school exhibitions, assist at open days and at all times act as ambassadors for the school and as role models for their peers.

Academic Scholarships may be awarded to prospective Year 7 students who submit a portfolio of work by the deadline. Those shortlisted are invited to interview to discuss their work with the Head of Art and take part in the Art Assessment. There is no limit to the number of Art Scholarships that may be offered in one year of entry - in common with all St Mary’s Scholarships, they are awarded solely on merit. All Scholarships are awarded along with the offer of a place at St Mary’s.

 

Drama Scholarship

Lively and creative, our busy Drama department presents Scholars with many opportunities to take the spotlight, developing their dramatic techniques, confidence and performance skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Drama Scholars really do take the lead in school productions and Drama workshops. They are inspired by masterclasses run by our Actor in Residence and other professional performers in school as well as visits to professional stage performances locally and in London. Drama Scholars wear the beautiful Scholars’ Badge and are recognised throughout their time at the school. Scholars receive a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.

Scholars contribute to the whole-school Drama ethos, have a positive approach in Drama lessons and support others in lessons and rehearsals. They take on major roles in school productions. There is an expectation that Scholars will opt to take GCSE Drama.

Drama Scholarship candidates attend for a 10-minute Drama Scholarship Assessment, to give a short performance or reading and demonstrate evidence of involvement in Drama outside of school (a portfolio of programmes, certificates, photographs, for example). There is no limit to the number of Drama Scholarships that may be offered in one year of entry - in common with all

St Mary’s Scholarships, they are awarded solely on merit. All Scholarships are awarded along with the offer of a place at St Mary’s.

 

Music Scholarship

Our able musicians provide the soundtrack to school life. Whether playing or singing solo or as part of an ensemble, the choir or the impressive school orchestra, they develop their performance techniques and their musicianship as well as their love of music.

Those who are awarded Music Scholarships play a lead role in school music by participating in orchestra, choir and chamber choir, as appropriate, and music concerts. They also perform solos and/or as part of an ensemble when required at concerts and school events. They may take advantage of  trips to inspiring professional recitals and productions. Scholars have access to the well-equipped school Music department and highly qualified teaching staff and peripatetic instrumental teachers.

Music Scholars wear the beautiful Scholars’ Badge and are recognised throughout their time at the school. Scholars receive a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.

Music Scholars are expected to take a lead role in the school orchestra, choir and ensembles. They must contribute to the whole-school Music ethos and have a positive approach to Music and instrumental lessons, supporting others. 

Music Scholarship candidates are expected to have attained at least Grade 3 or equivalent standard, ideally in two instruments or one instrument and voice. The Music Scholarship Assessment lasts approximately 15 minutes and calls for the performance of one or two pieces of music (either sung or with a chosen instrument) and a short sight-reading test, plus supporting evidence of attainment. Candidates should supply any accompaniment score in advance of the Assessment. There is no limit to the number of Music Scholarships that may be offered in one year of entry - in common with all St Mary’s Scholarships, they are awarded solely on merit. All Scholarships are awarded along with the offer of a place at St Mary’s.

 

Sports Scholarship

Our Sports Scholars represent the school locally and regionally and inspire our teams and individuals.

Sports Scholars represent the school in local and regional fixtures, develop their coaching and leadership skills and are inspired by watching professional sports competitions. Scholars wear the beautiful Scholars’ Badge and are recognised throughout their time at the school. Scholars receive a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.

Sports Scholars must show commitment  to playing for school teams in at least two major competitive sports, willingness to attend team and squad practices and matches and good conduct, aptitude, participation and progress at all times.

Sports Scholarships may be awarded to candidates who can demonstrate achievement and/or genuine potential in two or more sports. They should be able to demonstrate a high standard of performance in at least two sports and good leadership skills. Candidates should provide evidence of their sporting achievement to date (for example, certificates, press cuttings, programmes, photographs etc) in the first instance. Those invited to attend the Sports Scholarship Assessment take part in a range of team activities along with other candidates. They must show an ability to respond to guidance and to work well as part of a team.

 

Miss Comrie Scholarship

Our Miss Comrie Scholars - named in honour of one of St Mary’s influential early headmistresses - are highly regarded as ambassadors for the school and make a substantial contribution to school life. Suitable candidates are chosen on the basis of their meeting with The Principal and shortlisted for interview by an independent panel. Miss Comrie Scholars hold a position of responsibility, wear the beautiful Scholars’ Badge and receive a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.

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