YEAR 7 AND 9 SCHOLARSHIPS

Criteria for Applications and Assessment Information

Scholars at Roedean are valued very highly in their specialist area, and they contribute a great deal to it, and also to school life in general.  The booklet entitled ‘Scholarships at Roedean’ details the wonderful and exciting programmes available to the school’s Scholars, as well as an overview of the school’s expectations.

The following information outlines the criteria for scholarship applications, and the details of what you will be required to do in terms of assessment:

 

Academic

Who should apply?

  • you should be in the top 5% of your cohort at school academically, strong across a range of subjects, but probably with particular interest in one area where you excel

Assessment

  • your performance in the entrance tests in Maths, English, and Non-Verbal Reasoning should have been at the highest level
  • you will have an interview, in which you will be expected to demonstrate you intellectual curiosity by giving examples of work you have done which goes beyond what you have learnt at school

Art

Who should apply?

  • you should have a range of art skills and be able to demonstrate a high level of creativity

Assessment

  • your practical assessment will last not longer than 90 minutes; you will have an interview and sit one exam, with three parts:  a drawing task, a problem-solving activity, and a critical thinking task
  • you will be required to bring and present a portfolio of current work, which can include drawings, pictures, and paintings, as well as 2D or 3D work – you will then be asked a range of questions related to your interests in Art and favourite artists

Dance

Who should apply?

  • you should be dancing at Grade 4 standard or equivalent in one genre

Assessment

  • your practical assessment will last 30 minutes; you will be required to perform two dances in different genres, or two contrasting styles if only one genre has been studied, with assessment to gauge your physical potential, technical foundation, and musicality and performance skills, and the way you engage with ‘warm-up’ exercises will also be observed
  • there will also be a discussion of your training and appreciation of dance

Drama

Who should apply?

  • you should have experience of a number of performances, probably including some key roles

Assessment

  • you will take part in a practical Drama workshop lasting between 40 minutes and an hour, along with the other applicants – you will have improvisational tasks to complete, to test your ability to work within the group and your creative and imaginative thinking
  • you will be required to perform two monologues (each must be shorter than 2 minutes) – the first should be from a published play, and the second should be a piece which you have written, based on a book or story
  • you will need to bring a review you have written of a live theatre production
  • you will have an interview, in which you will discuss your monologue performances and your experience of drama and the theatre

Music

Who should apply?

  • you should offer two instruments or one instrument and voice, and be playing or singing at Grade 4-5 standard or equivalent on your main instrument or voice. Candidates with particular ability on just one instrument are also invited to apply

Assessment

  • the assessment requires two contrasting pieces on your main instrument or voice, and one piece on the second
  • there will be a sight-reading test and aural tests
  • this will be followed by a discussion of your musical interests to give you a chance to talk about your particular musical passion
  • your audition will be with the Director and Assistant Director of Music

Sport

Who should apply?

  • you should apply if you are performing at a high level in one or more sports

Assessment

  • you will undertake a thorough set of fitness tests, in order to rate your co-ordination, flexibility, agility, power, and cardio-vascular fitness
  • you will be required to demonstrate skills and technical knowledge in the 3 main sports of hockey, netball, and swimming
  • you could also be asked to coach other players in a previously seen drill
  • you will also have an interview with the Faculty Lead for Sport

Scholarship Application