At present around 20% of current pupils are receiving some fee remission and the awards vary from 10% to 90% of full fees.
Bursaries are available and are awarded by the Governors on the basis of the entrance examination performance and parental income. Parents who wish to apply for a bursary are asked to tick the appropriate box on the Application Form and will subsequently be required to submit financial details in confidence. Every effort is made to support pupils where there is a difficulty over meeting fees.
Scholarships for entry to Year 7
All candidates for entry into Year 7 (11+) are considered for scholarships in English, Mathematics and General Excellence on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination. Candidates must apply for scholarships in Music and Art. The value of each individual scholarship ranges between 10% and 17% of annual fees and there are usually about 15 awards available for entrants at Year 7 level. In all areas, the standard is very high and competition strong. Exceptional candidates may be awarded more than one scholarship.
Candidates who have performed particularly well in the entrance examination and are to be considered for scholarships in English, Mathematics and General Excellence will be invited into school for interview or scholarship paper.
Potential scholars in Mathematics will be required to complete a further test paper; in English, the candidates will be interviewed; while for General Excellence, candidates may be required to complete both the test paper in Mathematics and an interview in English.
Applicants for an Art Scholarship must complete the separate application form. The application form must be submitted along with the main application form. In addition, candidates must submit a portfolio of their artwork showing a range of abilities and skills in Art. The work should show the use of a variety of different forms of art, such as paintings, drawings, etc.
Again, this portfolio must be submitted with the main application form. On the basis of the evidence provided in the portfolio, supplemented by information in the school report, potential scholars will be invited into school for interview.
Similarly, applicants for a Music Scholarship must complete a separate application form which must be submitted with the main application form. In addition, candidates must submit a simple recording (using any format) of a piece (instrumental or voice) which, if invited to audition, they are prepared to perform. The recording must be submitted along with the application forms. Candidates who do not have the equipment to make a simple recording should contact the Director of Music at the school and assistance may be provided. Candidates considering applying for a scholarship are strongly advised to arrange a consultation with Mr Kennedy (Head of Instrumental Studies) before submitting their application.
Short-listed applicants will be invited into school and will be asked to:
- perform two contrasting pieces on their main instrument or vocally
– one of these pieces will have been submitted on the recording
- perform one piece on any supporting instrument or voice (if offered by the candidate)
- undertake some short aural and sight-reading tests
- discuss their musical experiences and interests.
King Henry VIII School has an active and varied musical life and holders of Music Scholarships will be expected to involve themselves fully in ensemble activities as well as maintaining high standards of individual performance.
In addition to the Music department concerts, all Music Scholars are required to participate in two Scholars’ concerts when they will be expected to perform one or two solos. An accompanist will be provided for these occasions. It is also envisaged that Music Scholars will study the subject to GCSE level and probably beyond.
Enthusiasm for music and potential for development are very important in the selection of Music Scholars, but as a guide it is anticipated that applicants will have reached or be approaching a standard of Grade 4 on their main instrument by the time of their audition.
Prospective applicants are welcome to spend some time visiting the Music department during a normal school day and the Director of Music is happy to answer any queries that parents may have regarding the procedure for auditions.
Scholarships for entry to Year 9
One 20% General Scholarship to be awarded at 13+ (to be awarded on the basis of performance in the 13+ Entrance Examination).
N.B. All bursaries and scholarships are subject to an annual review in the light of the performance of the pupil. For further details of financial assistance please contact Mrs Julie Goodwin, The School Administrator, at King Henry VIII School.
Application dates and deadlines can be found by referring to the Admissions Schedule.