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Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries for entry in September 2022

Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants for up to the value of £1000 of tuition fees per annum and are available for entry into the Preparatory School, Year 7 and the lower sixth (Year 12).

Scholarships available in the Senior School are as follows:

  • Year 7: academic, music and all-rounder (two from: art, music, drama, sport and citizenship) scholarships
  • Year 9: the Shane Lalani sport scholarship
  • Sixth form: academic, sport, drama, music, textile design and art/photography scholarships
Applications

Scholarship applicants must complete the relevant application form prior to the published deadline and send it to the Senior School office (Years 7 - sixth form). Application forms, criteria and reference templates are available for download below or can be obtained from the Senior School office. Applications received after the published deadline will be considered only at the head’s discretion.


Scholarships by year group:

Preparatory School

Years 3 - 6 

There are a small number of scholarship awards available which will be offered to exceptional candidates identified through the usual admissions assessment process.

 


Senior School

Year 7 academic scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum*

The application process for an academic scholarship to enter Claremont Fan Court School at Year 7 will be based on very high performance in the general entrance assessment papers (English, mathematics and verbal reasoning).

Scholarships will be awarded up to the end of Year 11 and are dependent on maintaining a high overall standard of achievement, effort and behaviour on the half termly grade cards and full report namely:

  • achievement grades of A*/A and B in Years 7-9 and grades 6 and above in Years 10 and 11
  • endeavour grades of 1-2 in Years 7-9 and grade W or H in Years 10 and 11.

*Applications for state primary schools.
For exceptional candidates from state primary schools, this financial award may be enhanced in liaison with the bursary.

Applying for an academic scholarship
External applicants do not need to make an application for an academic scholarship but should submit a standard school application to sit the general entrance examination (by 12 November 2021).

Internal applicants should return the scholarship application form to the Senior School headmaster confirming their intention to sit the general entrance examination (on Saturday 11 December 2021) for consideration for an academic scholarship by 12 November 2021.

Applicants who reach the required standards described above will be offered a scholarship to enter Year 7.

Year 7 music scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum and free tuition at school in one instrument.

Pupils are invited to apply for a music scholarship to enter Claremont Fan Court School at Year 7. This is a competitive process but the following criteria will be of assistance to applicants.

In addition, we have a separate award known as the Wienpahl music scholarship. This is awarded to a pupil who demonstrates much promise in the development of their musical ability and experience and is likely to achieve very high musical standards in their school musical career. This award brings £2000 remission of fees per annum.

The criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. External applicants will be required to pass the general entrance assessment before being offered a scholarship.
  2. All applicants should be able to demonstrate interest, commitment and achievement in music; for example, by playing in an orchestra, singing in a choir or through grade examinations.
  3. All applicants need to offer two instruments (which may include voice), one of which should be at Grade 4 standard.
  4. Music scholars are expected to work hard to further their individual music studies and to make a significant contribution to the wider musical life of the school through participation in at least two ensembles and a variety of concerts and assemblies each term.

Auditions will be held in January 2022 for entry into the school the following September. Applicants will be required to complete the following tests:

  • Perform on their main instrument/voice and perform a short piece on their second instrument/voice.
  • A sight-reading test will take place on their main instrument, and a short rhythm test will also take place.
  • An interview with the director of music will explore the applicant’s musical interests followed by an interview with a senior leader to explore hobbies and other interests.

Scholarships will be awarded up to the end of Year 11 and are dependent on maintaining a high overall standard of achievement and endeavour and continuation of the criteria above.

Applications must be returned to the headmaster by the parents by 12 November 2021.

Year 7 all-rounder scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum

Pupils who apply for a Year 7 all-rounder scholarship at Claremont Fan Court School will be invited in for an interview with our heads of department to explore their interests.

In addition to a general entrance examination (on Saturday 11 December 2021) with papers in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning, applicants for this award will be asked to demonstrate strong evidence of success in at least two of the following subjects` in the following ways:

Drama

  • Applicants will be invited to perform this monologue from Oliver Twist or a piece of their own choosing lasting around 1-2 minutes
  • During the interview with the head of drama, applicants are welcome to bring along a portfolio or scrapbook featuring evidence of their drama experiences to date

Music

  • Applicants will be invited to perform to at least Grade 3 standard on one instrument of their choosing
  • A sight-reading test will take place on the applicant’s main instrument, with a short rhythm test to follow
  • An interview with the director of music will explore applicant hobbies and other interests

Art

  • Applicants will be invited to provide a portfolio of work ready to show and discuss with the head of art. Any three-dimensional work can be photographed if it is too fragile or big to bring in. The portfolio can be made up of drawings, paintings, prints or any multi-media processes.
  • During an interview with the head of art, applicants will be asked to discuss their artwork as-well as the work of other artists who they have been inspired by

Sport

  • Applicants will be invited to participate in a team sport session with current pupils.  Rugby or football for boys and netball or lacrosse for girls.
  • During an interview with the director of sport, applicants will be asked to discuss their interests and sporting achievements to date. A reference from an external team or club, if applicable, may accompany the application form but is not mandatory (a school template is available below).

Citizenship

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff.  Applicants are welcome to bring evidence to support their experiences to date. 

Depending on the strengths offered, applicants must be committed to attending practices and activities and to participating in all team matches for which he or she is selected. A reference from an external team or club, if applicable, may accompany the application form but is not mandatory (a school template is available on the website).

Applications and confidential references, where used, must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 12 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

 


Year 9

The Shane Lalani sport scholarship for Year 9 (open to applicants from Year 8)

This award is for £2000 fee remission per annum until the end of Year 11 and is presented by Sal and Carol Lalani, family and friends in memory of Shane, a former Claremont Fan Court pupil. This scholarship is managed by the school in keeping with its usual sports scholarship criteria, namely:

  1. A passion and a talent for a range of sports at school and/or club level.
  2. External applicants will be required to pass the general entrance assessment before being offered this award.
  3. Applicants must always demonstrate the highest standard of sportsmanship. Mentoring and coaching for younger players is expected. The applicant should have great enthusiasm for the sport and be willing, reliable, hard-working and able to persevere through to a successful outcome.
  4. An interview will be held with a senior leader from the Senior School and director of sport in which we will seek evidence of an inquiring mind, breadth of knowledge and sound moral judgement.

Applicants may be asked to attend school for a series of fitness tests in January 2022 to assess both their health and skill-related fitness. They will also take part in one or more of the major games played at the school.

A reference from an external team or club, if applicable, may accompany the application form (a school template is available on the website).

This scholarship will be awarded up to the end of Year 11 and is dependent on maintaining a high overall standard of endeavour and enthusiasm and continuation of the criteria above.

Applications and confidential references, where used, must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 12 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

 


Sixth form

Sixth form academic scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum

Year 11 students are invited to apply for an academic scholarship to enter Claremont Fan Court sixth form. In addition to achieving a high level of academic success, applicants for a scholarship are expected to be exemplary members of the Claremont community.

The criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. Applicants must achieve a minimum of three grades 8 or 9 (or equivalent) and four grade 7 (or equivalent) in GCSE exams including grade 7 in the subjects (or related subjects) which they intend to study at A level.
  2. Two references of support must be received testifying to good character, exemplary behaviour and strong community involvement. (Internal references should include one from the head of year and one other teacher.) A school template is available on the website.

Year 10 modules and GCSE mock examination results will be used as evidence of academic achievement on which to base a conditional offer subject to actual grades received in summer.

External students (who are not studying for GCSEs/iGCSEs) applying for sixth form academic scholarships may be required to sit an examination in November 2021 comprising papers in English, mathematics and critical thinking. The same criteria as above will apply.

Conditional offers, subject to final grades, will be made by the end of December 2021 with confirmation after GCSE results have been received in August 2022.

Scholarships will be awarded for the full two year A level course and are dependent on maintaining a high overall standard of achievement in end of year internal examinations (as a guide, grades ABB) and endeavour (grades 1-2 on the sixth form academic review).

Applications and confidential references must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 5 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

Sixth form sport scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum

Students are invited to apply for a sports scholarship to enter Claremont fan Court sixth form. This is a competitive process and up to two scholarships will be awarded.

The following criteria will be of assistance to applicants:

  1. Selection and participation in either one sport at county or national level in a Claremont representative school sport or a range of sports at school and club level.
  2. Applicants will need to meet the expected requirements of the school for entry into the sixth form as detailed in the sixth form curriculum booklet (sixth form academic prerequisites).
  3. Two references of support must be received testifying to good character, exemplary behaviour and strong community involvement. (Internal references should include one from the head of year and one PE teacher.) For external applicants, the student’s PE teacher should send a confidential reference directly to the headmaster giving information on ability and achievements. A reference from a county team or club, if applicable, may also accompany the application form. A school template is available on the website.
  4. GCSE PE is not necessarily required, nor is the intention to study A level PE. Applicants must always demonstrate the highest standard of sportsmanship. Mentoring and coaching for younger players is expected. The applicant should have a passion for the subject and be willing, enthusiastic, reliable, hard-working and able to persevere through to a successful outcome.
  5. An interview will be held with a senior leader from the Senior School and director of sport in which we will seek evidence of an inquiring mind, breadth of knowledge and sound moral judgement.

The criteria for a sports scholarship will take into consideration sporting ability and achievements, contribution to sports teams throughout the year, sportsmanship and leadership potential. Applicants must be committed to attending practices at lunchtime and after school and to participating in all team matches for which he or she is selected.

In November 2021, applicants will be required to perform practically in their chosen sport(s) and to attend the interview.

Offers, subject to final grades, will be made by the end of December 2021 with confirmation after GCSE results have been received in August 2021. Scholarships will be awarded for the full two year A level course and are dependent on maintaining a good overall standard of achievement, endeavour (grades 1-2 on the academic review) and continuation of the criteria above.

Applications and confidential references must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 5 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

Sixth form drama scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum

Students are invited to apply for a drama scholarship to enter Claremont Fan Court sixth form. This is a competitive process and up to two scholarships will be awarded.

The following criteria will be of assistance to applicants:

  1. Applicants will need to meet the expected requirements of the school for entry into the sixth form as detailed in the sixth form curriculum booklet (sixth form academic prerequisites).
  2. Scholarship applicants must intend to study A level drama for the full two year course.
  3. An interview will be held with a senior leader from the Senior School and the head of drama in which the applicant should be able to produce evidence illustrating an active and ongoing involvement in drama and theatre and should be prepared to present an audition piece.
  4. Two references of support must be received testifying to good character, exemplary behaviour and strong community involvement. (Internal references should include one from the head of year and one drama teacher.) A school template is available on the website.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate to the interview panel that they will make a positive contribution to the school. The applicant should be willing, enthusiastic, reliable, hard-working and able to persevere through to a successful outcome. A willingness to participate in a varied programme of theatre visits and workshops and to assist in organising events in the drama department in conjunction with the director of drama is of the utmost importance.

Offers, subject to final grades, will be made by the end of December 2021 with confirmation after GCSE results have been received in August 2021. Scholarships will be awarded for the full two year A level course and are dependent on maintaining a good overall standard of achievement (minimum grade B in their internal lower sixth drama examination), endeavour (grades 1-2 on the academic review) and continuation of the criteria above.

Applications and confidential references must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 5 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

Sixth form music scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum and free tuition at school in one instrument

Students are invited to apply for a music scholarship to enter Claremont Fan Court sixth form. This is a competitive process and up to two scholarships will be awarded.

In addition, we have a separate award known as the Wienpahl music scholarship. This is awarded to a pupil who demonstrates much promise in the development of their musical ability and experience and is likely to achieve very high musical standards in their school musical career. This award brings £2000 remission of fees per annum.

The following criteria will be of assistance to applicants:

  1. Applicants will need to meet the expected requirements of the school for entry into the sixth form as detailed in the sixth form curriculum booklet (sixth form academic prerequisites).
  2. GCSE music is not necessarily required, nor is the intention to study A level music, but applicants should be able to demonstrate interest, commitment and achievement, for example, by playing in a orchestra, singing in a choir or through grade examinations.
  3. Applicants need to offer two instruments, including voice, one of which should be at grade 6.
  4. Two references of support must be received testifying to good character, exemplary behaviour and strong community involvement. (Internal references should include one from the head of year and one music teacher.) A school template is available on the website.
  5. Music scholars are expected to work hard to further their individual music studies and to make a significant contribution to the wider musical life of the school through participation in at least two ensembles and a variety of concerts and assemblies each term.

Auditions will be held in November 2021 for entry into the school the following September. The audition will consist of:
a. Performing a piece with or without accompaniment (we can provide an accompanist if required)
b. Rhythmic tests
c. Sight-reading tests
d. An interview will be held with a senior leader from the Senior School and the director of music. Applicants should be prepared to discuss:

  • the music that they have played
  • their musical achievements thus far
  • their musical plans for the future

Offers, subject to final grades, will be made by the end of December 2021 with confirmation after GCSE results have been received in August 2022. Scholarships will be awarded for the full two year A level course and are dependent on maintaining a good overall standard of achievement, endeavour (grades 1-2 on the academic review) and continuation of the criteria above.

Applications and confidential references must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 5 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

Sixth form art and photography scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum

Students are invited to apply for an art (fine art or photography) scholarship to enter Claremont Fan Court sixth form. This is a competitive process and up to two scholarships will be awarded.

The following criteria will be of assistance to applicants:

  1. Applicants will need to meet the expected requirements of the school for entry into the sixth form as detailed in the sixth form curriculum booklet (sixth form academic prerequisites). A grade 7, 8 or 9 is required in GCSE Art. Applicants should intend to study A level fine art or photography for the full two year course.
  2. An interview will be held with a senior leader from the Senior School and the head of art in which the applicant needs to present a portfolio displaying skills in drawing, painting and sculpture.
  3. Two references of support must be received testifying to good character, exemplary behaviour and strong community involvement. (Internal references should include one from the head of year and one art teacher.) A school template is available on the website.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate to the interview panel that they will make a positive contribution to the school. The applicant should have great enthusiasm for the subject and be willing, reliable, hard-working and able to persevere through to a successful outcome. A willingness to visit art galleries and museums and an interest in researching art are essential. All art scholars studying fine art are expected to demonstrate their commitment to the subject by participating in life drawing sessions (or similar for photographers) offered by the school in addition to timetabled lessons.
  5. Applicants will be invited to attend a drawing test for one hour in November 2021.

Offers, subject to final grades, will be made by the end of December 2021 with confirmation after GCSE results have been received in August 2022. Scholarships will be awarded for the full two year A level course and are dependent on maintaining a good overall standard of achievement (minimum of B grade in the internal lower sixth art or photography examination) and endeavour (grades 1-2 on the academic review).

Applications and confidential references must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 5 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

Sixth form textile design scholarship

Scholarships are awarded for up to £1000 per annum

Students are invited to apply for a textile design scholarship to enter Claremont Fan Court sixth form. This is a competitive process and up to two scholarships will be awarded.
The following criteria will be of assistance to applicants:

  1. Applicants will need to meet the expected requirements of the school for entry into the sixth form as detailed in the sixth form curriculum booklet (sixth form academic prerequisites). A grade 7, 8 or 9 is required in GCSE Textile Technology or Textile Design. Applicants should intend to study A level textile design for the full two year course.
  2. An interview will be held with a senior leader from the Senior School and the head of textiles in which the applicant needs to present a portfolio displaying skills in textiles.
  3. Two references of support must be received testifying to good character, exemplary behaviour and strong community involvement. (Internal references should include one from the head of year and one textiles teacher.) A school template is available on the website.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate to the interview panel that they will make a positive contribution to the school. The applicant should have great enthusiasm for the subject and be willing, reliable, hard-working and able to persevere through to a successful outcome. A willingness to visit art galleries and museums and an interest in researching art are essential. All textiles scholars are expected to demonstrate their commitment to the subject by participating in appropriate/relevant co-curricular activities in addition to timetabled lessons (e.g. supporting costume design and realisation for the school production).
  5. Applicants will be invited to attend a skills test for one hour in November 2021.

Offers, subject to final grades, will be made by the end of December 2021 with confirmation after GCSE results have been received in August 2022. Scholarships will be awarded for the full two year A level course and are dependent on maintaining a good overall standard of achievement (minimum of B grade in the internal lower sixth textile design examination) and endeavour (grades 1-2 on the academic review).

Applications and confidential references must be returned to the headmaster, Senior School by 5 November 2021. Confidential reference forms must be returned by the referee directly to the headmaster.

 


Financial assistance and bursaries 

We aim to admit applicants who meet our entry requirements and will offer support to successful candidates where it is shown that support is needed and subject to the availability of funds. Applications for financial support should be made as soon as possible and by 31 October for entry to the school the following September. Bursaries are only offered to families who are resident in the UK.

We provide financial support to a significant number of pupils through our means-tested bursaries. Each year we offer at least one full bursary of 100% to a candidate applying to Year 7 from the maintained sector. The successful pupil may have experienced bereavement, social issues or other hardship and we hope they will benefit from the excellent education and pastoral support we offer in a way that will improve confidence and change their life significantly. In return, the pupil will immerse themselves in the daily life of the school and contribute to its success. We will also support uniform, school bus, compulsory school lunches, essential academic trips and the school laptop.

We also offer fee remission for pupils in the Preparatory School from Year 3 (age 7+) and in the Senior School (age 11+). Some assistance is available for sixth form. Remission may include additional help with uniform, school bus, compulsory school lunches, essential academic trips and the school laptop.

Details of how to apply for a bursary can be found on the website. Applicants are welcome to call the bursar in the first instance to discuss their application. Home visits are usually made prior to a decision to award a bursary.