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Scholarships

Queen Mary’s School offers a number of scholarships open to both internal and external candidates. In order to be considered for an award candidates are required to sit the schools’ scholarship examinations and assessments in January. Candidates may enter for up to two areas and scholars take up their awards in the following September. Scholarships are awarded in four areas; Academic, Art, Music and Sport.

Academic Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded to those candidates who demonstrate in the examinations that they have real academic flair.

Guidelines for Academic scholarship candidates:

11+ candidates will be asked to complete papers in English, Mathematics, as well as a Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper. Girls should expect to spend the whole day at Queen Mary’s.

12+ and 13+ candidates will be asked to complete papers in English, Mathematics, Science, as well as a Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Paper. Girls should expect to spend the whole day at Queen Mary’s.

All candidates will have a formal interview with the Head during this time.

Prior to the examinations, the Head of Admissions will provide a timetable of examinations for candidates.

Art Scholarships

Scholarships are available for candidates who show, on examination, exceptional artistic ability at 11+, 12+ or 13+.

Candidates will be asked to spend a morning or afternoon at Queen Mary’s during our scholarship week. Individual arrangements will be made with each candidate who will be asked to:

  • Present a portfolio of work showing ability in a variety of media. Photographs and ceramic works can form part of the artwork and the candidate will be expected to talk about her work with the Head of Art.
  • Show some knowledge of major artists during informal discussions with the Head of Art. A question such as ‘Who is your favourite artist?’ will be a probable starting point.
  • Produce an observational drawing of still life within the time allocation of approximately one hour and twenty minutes. The contents of the still life will be made up of man-made and organic form. The Art Department will provide all relevant stimulus and all necessary materials. 

Music Scholarships

Music scholarships will be awarded, following the music scholarship auditions, to those candidates demonstrating real musical talent and potential.

Music scholars are expected to play a full part in the musical life of the school participating in choirs and orchestras. Music award holders are encouraged to study GCSE Music.

General guidelines for music scholarship candidates: 

11+ candidates would be expected to have reached Grade 3 on their first instrument.

12+ candidates would be expected to have reached Grade 4 on their first instrument. It would also be an advantage to be learning a second instrument.

13+ candidates would be expected to have reached Grade 5 standard on one instrument and to be learning a second instrument.

Sport Scholarships

Sports Scholarships will be offered to candidates who can demonstrate exceptional sporting ability or potential and who will contribute to the busy sporting life of the school. Candidates will be expected to bring appropriate PE kit.

Sports Scholarships will be offered for 11+, 12+ and 13+. They will be awarded to candidates who show that they have the potential to be county standard or higher in at least one, but preferably two of our major sports; hockey, netball, swimming, athletics or tennis.

General Guidelines:

11+ candidates will be asked to perform a variety of multi skill tasks, looking especially at coordination, speed, agility, balance and fitness. There will also be an assessment of game play so that they can demonstrate their level of coordination, understanding of competitive play and their determination to succeed during a game.

12+ and 13+ candidates will be expected to nominate a chosen sport in which they would like to be assessed. The assessment will comprise of multi-skilled tasks, which will look at coordination, agility, speed and fitness, as well as looking at core skills and team play in their chosen sport.

References from coaches may also be requested.