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AKS Scholarship Process


We award Art, Drama, Music, and Sport Scholarships on the basis of school-based assessments with our own Heads of Department. Following receipt of your application we will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time for your interview(s).

Art Scholarships

Selection is made on the basis of interview with our Head of Art. During the interview, candidates are expected to discuss at length their individual style and working methods. In addition, candidates must:

a) submit a portfolio of work (this may be their current GCSE project); photographs of 3D pieces may be brought to the interview, if the work itself is not portable.

b) produce a piece of practical work, separate from their portfolio, within the Art Department, during a specified time

It is normally a condition of the scholarship that successful candidates study A level Art.

Drama Scholarships

Selection is made on the basis of interview with Head of Drama during which they candidate will be asked to perform a 2-3 minute monologue of choice. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate:

a) a high level of involvement in productions (either performance or technical support)

b) the commitment to make an outstanding contribution to the drama programme

c) the potential to study the subject at degree level either at University or Drama School

It is normally a condition of the scholarship that successful candidates study Drama to A2 level and are actively involved in the Department's performance programme.

Music Scholarships

Selection is made on the basis of interview with Head of Music and other music colleagues, during which candidates will be asked to discuss their musical activities. Candidates will also be required to demonstrate their musical ability through sight reading, aural tests and by performing two pieces of music on the instrument(s) of their choice.

Although it is not an expectation that music scholars study music to examination level, it is a condition of the scholarship that throughout the Sixth Form they help maintain the high standard of school music by playing a leading role in the school’s musical activities, including participation in recitals, concerts and other musical events.

Sport Scholarships

These awards are open to talented and committed sportsmen or sportswomen. Successful candidates must have:

a) a high level (eg. regional representative or above) of practical skills and athletic prowess

b) the necessary attitude and inclination to pursue sport to a high level

Candidates are expected to submit a comprehensive sporting curriculum vitae, in which they outline their strengths and which should include evidence of recent achievement. Candidates should include a written recommendation from their Headmaster.

Candidates are required to discuss their achievements and aspirations with Director of Sport and other sports colleagues and may also be asked to undergo a practical test of skills, aptitude and athletic ability. It is a condition of the Sport Scholarships that award holders represent the school whenever required and play a supporting role in the development of younger students.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded only on the basis of GCSE results. Applicants who wish to be considered for an academic scholarship are invited to submit an application form along with

a) their most recent school report

b) predicted GCSE grades from their current school

Following an interview with the Head of Sixth Form and relevant members of teaching staff, a provisional academic scholarship may be offered. This scholarship will be dependent on the student achieving an agreed set of GCSE results, and will be confirmed in the summer. Should these grades not be attained the scholarship may still be awarded but at the discretion of the Headmaster.

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