Year 9 George Orwell Scholarships

All external students entering Year 9, may apply for one or more of the following George Orwell Scholarships:

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport

These scholarships, each with their own tuition fee award, are awarded for Years 9-11, provided the scholar continues to demonstrate commitment to their chosen area.

Academic Scholarships

Upon receipt of a completed application form, all students will be invited into school to sit our Entrance Examination. The results of this assessment are combined with the information provided from recent school reports to decide who is eligible to receive an offer.

These are then awarded by the Head and you do not apply.

Art Scholarships

All Art Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Head of Art who will then invite those shortlisted for interview and assessment. This will involve a morning or afternoon in the Art Studio, undertaking some Art assessments and an interview with the Head of Art. Further details on the nature of these assessments will be provided upon invitation to assessment.

An Art Scholar should demonstrate technical ability across a variety of disciplines; in some cases with a specialist strength in a particular medium. A keen interest in other artists and designers is expected with an awareness that one always seeks to improve one’s own practice by looking at the work of others. The Art Scholar’s enthusiasm for all things Art-related should be evident. Not afraid to experiment and try something new, scholars should be receptive to feedback, always seeking new ways to progress as an artist.

Art Scholars are expected to seize the opportunity to challenge their own practice, listen to feedback and explore new approaches in order to keep progressing their work. They are encouraged to keep experimenting with new techniques and creative ideas. Art Scholars support their peers, working collaboratively in the studios, striving to make the best work possible.

They are expected to attend talks and seminars from visiting artists, enrichment life drawing classes, careers talks, and participate in internal and external art competitions. Art Scholars attend the Aspiring Artist programme which is led by the Head of Art as an ongoing process of development. As an ambassador for the Art Department, the scholar is expected to be keen to get involved whether it is writing articles, helping with a display, or supporting our annual Summer Art exhibition.

  • Participation in the Aspiring Artists programme;
  • Additional support from the Art Department during enrichments;
  • Opportunity to exhibit in regular displays organised by the department;
  • Opportunities to run a workshop for younger students (with guidance from the department);
  • Participation in annual Art Scholars’ trip.

Dance Scholarships

All Dance Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Head of Dance who will then invite those shortlisted for interview and assessment. This will involve a morning or afternoon in the Dance Studio, undertaking some Dance assessments and an interview with the Head of Dance. Further details on the nature of these assessments will be provided upon invitation to assessment.

A professional choreographer, performer or dance teacher will assist the Head of Dance with the Dance Scholarship decision-making process. We look for scholars with clear potential and an enthusiasm for dance, choreography and who have secure technique.

We expect Dance Scholars to be role models within the classroom, inspiring others with their choreography skills, adapting to work with originality in a variety of styles that may be out of their immediate comfort-zone, to be confident in performance work and accept stretch and challenge to become more sophisticated as a developing dance artist. Dance Scholars will also engage with our wide and varied enrichment and co-curricular activities, dance projects and events. They will help to continue to promote the strength and value of Dance as both an academic and creative subject within school and in the public domain. Scholars will maintain an ongoing interest in the theatre and dance performance, including regular visits to live performances.

Dance Scholars are encouraged to taken advantage of the extensive enrichment offer, including whole school productions, the ISA National Dance Competition, U.Dance platform, IHS Young Dancer Competition, local festivals and our annual Dance show. They can also take advantage of the Dance trips on offer, including those aimed at GCSE and A Level groups, and the annual performing arts residential trip. They have access to support and links to further training through contacts at DanceEast and the Centre for Advanced Training, professional masterclasses, visiting artists and dance workshops. Scholars can also gain support in finding Higher Education courses and training post-A Level. Dance teaching staff take a keen interest in the development of the Dance Scholars and monitor their progress and activities.

Drama Scholarships

All Drama Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Head of Drama who will then invite those shortlisted for interview and assessment. This will involve a morning or afternoon in the Theatre, undertaking some Drama assessments and an interview with the Head of Drama. Further details on the nature of these assessments will be provided upon invitation to assessment.

A professional actor, director or playwright assists with the Drama Scholarship award decision-making process, and they are asked to look for scholars with clear potential and an enthusiasm for Drama and theatre.

We expect Drama Scholars to be role models within the classroom, inspiring others with their stagecraft, adapting to work with originality in a variety of performances that may be out of their immediate comfort-zone, to be confident in performance work and accept stretch and challenge to become more sophisticated as a developing actor. Drama Scholars will also engage with our wide and varied enrichment and co-curricular activities, performance projects and events. They will help to continue to promote the strength and value of Drama as both an academic and creative subject within school and in the public domain. Scholars will maintain an ongoing interest in the theatre, including regular visits to live theatre performance.

Drama Scholars are encouraged to taken advantage of the extensive enrichment offer, including whole school productions, the Shakespeare Schools Festival, National Theatre Connections and Drama showcase evenings. They can also take advantage of the Theatre trips on offer, including those aimed at GCSE and A level groups, and the annual performing arts residential. They have access to over 400 recorded productions, and many other educational resources, through our subscription to Digital Theatre Plus. Drama teaching staff take a keen interest in the development of the Drama Scholars and monitor their progress and activities.

Music Scholarships

All Music Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Head of Music who will then invite those shortlisted for interview and assessment. This will involve a morning or afternoon in the Music School, undertaking some Music assessments and an interview with the Head of Music. Further details on the nature of these assessments will be provided upon invitation to assessment.

Music Scholars should have passion for music and a desire to develop their skills both technically and musically. Aspiring scholars must demonstrate potential in their voice or instrument as well as excellent aural skills and a willingness to share their talents within the school and with a wider audience. Year 9 scholars wishing to take GCSE Music must be able to play or sing to a level equivalent to ABRSM Grade IV.

All Music Scholars take part in a minimum of two music ensembles each week, although many participate in more. Scholars are expected to perform in concerts and competitions and may be called on to provide music at school events.

Music Scholars are mentored by Head of Music and benefit from their extensive experience as a principal player in professional orchestras in London. Each scholar has an individual learning plan and works towards examinations, performances and competitions with weekly coaching sessions. Scholars are allowed to use the Music Department facilities for private practice or composition.

Music Scholars are invited to join the Academic Scholars’ Enrichment and many enjoy developing a creative response to the topic. External performance opportunities are sought, and recent events have included a Scholars’ Concert in Ipswich, the Suffolk Festival and the ISA Music Competition in Warwick.

Sport Scholarships

All Sport Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Head of Sport who will then invite those shortlisted for interview and assessment. This will involve a morning or afternoon undertaking some Sport assessments and an interview with the Head of Sport. Further details on the nature of these assessments will be provided upon invitation to assessment.

We are keen to hear from all students with either a passion and excellence in one particular sport or a range of sports. It is expected that you would participate regularly for school A teams in your chosen sport and also be recognised at a county, regional or national level in that sport and we encourage applicants from a range of sports. You will also show excellent leadership skills and often take on the role of Captain as you act as a sporting role model to other students in the school. A passion for sport is essential.

The PE department expects that you attend a number of enrichment clubs across a variety of sports and you that are available to represent the school on a regular basis. You will help with the organisation of teams for your year group and will be the pupil voice between the teacher and the school team. We expect you to pick GCSE PE as an option in Year 10.

We take great pride in our Sport Scholars. You will be invited to a ‘Scholars Lunch’ once a term where you will meet with members of the PE department to discuss your sporting experience both inside and outside of school. You will be invited to attend ‘Scholar Sessions’ which will take place on a regular basis. In these sessions we invite guest speakers in to school from the world of sport to talk to you about a range of subjects including nutrition, stress management, strength and conditioning training, tips plus much more. If you are competing at a regional or national level, you will also be invited to our ‘Elite Sportsperson Mentoring Programme’. Here you will be given a staff mentor to meet with regularly to support your sporting endeavours to make sure that you are achieving your best both inside and out of the classroom.