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Scholarships at Clifton


Scholarships at Clifton All pupils at Clifton College are inspired to explore their passions within a wide range of interests, both inside and outside the classroom. Students will be encouraged and nurtured to reach their full potential; to work hard, aim high and very often exceed their own expectations. Each year, the College offers an inspiring array of educational opportunities through its Scholarship enrichment programme, allowing our most talented pupils to achieve distinction and personal excellence in their chosen field.


Scholars play an important role in College life. They are expected to work hard, get involved, display a passion for their chosen subjects and have an encouraging attitude towards learning and collaboration in their chosen field and throughout all of their classes and beyond. They are also expected to utilise opportunities to develop and take on leadership roles. Excellence is encouraged in both academic and co-curricular aspects of College life.

others to enjoy the subject too, setting an example of excellence to their peers.

A Scholarship candidate should have a passion for their chosen subjects. The College is keen for applicants to demonstrate this within the scholarship assessment process and at interview. Candidates should be keen to promote their subject within the College and encourage

The following pages give you a flavor of the Scholarships on offer to 11+, 13+ and 16+ applicants.

Prior to any application for a Scholarship, parents should discuss their child’s potential with the Head and/or relevant staff of their current school. The candidate must have completed a Registration Form and paid the non refundable £150 Registration Fee before applying for a Scholarship. Registration Forms can be obtained from the Admissions Department.



Academic Clifton College is committed to attracting the very best students. Academic Scholarships aim to recognise and develop excellence and intellectual curiosity. Such Scholarships are won in open competition and awarded both on merit and assessed potential. Scholars are expected to offer intellectual leadership and can expect to access further opportunities and support to help them make the most of their talents. 11+ candidates are required to sit written papers in English and Mathematics, as well as complete a cognitive ability test. Pupils sitting the Scholarship exams will be expected to be performing at well above the expected National Curriculum Level 4

for their age group in English and Mathematics and are demonstrating significant potential across the curriculum. At 13+, candidates will sit the Academic Scholarship papers set by the school but based on the Independent Schools Examination Board examinations. 16+ Academic Scholarships are open to candidates from other schools wishing to join the Sixth Form. Candidates will sit two papers in subjects of their choosing and be interviewed by the Head of College, the Deputy Head (Academic) and the relevant Heads of Department. Candidates for these awards will also be expected to be on course for at least six GCSEs at grade 7.



Art ― Clifton has always had a strong tradition in Art and among our alumni is the well known Bloomsbury artist and critic Roger Fry after whom our scholarships are named. Other famous OC artists include Henry Tonks, who became head of the famous Slade School of Art in London. The abstract painter Peter Lanyon, who was a member of the Saint Ives group of artists also attended Clifton, as did the famous portrait painter Augustus John . All of these artists are represented in our national collections at the Tate Gallery and the Courtauld Institute. Art Scholars are offered an extra time slot in the art studios every week to enable them to develop their work . For instance, third form pupils are given the opportunity to try oil painting, which helps to prepare them for their GCSE course. GCSE and A Level students use the time to refine their class work and we also offer life drawing sessions.

Scholars of all year groups attend a special workshop in the Lent Term, which is led by a visiting artist. This provides a great opportunity to learn from a professional artist. Previous visiting artists have included the well known pop-up book designer Duncan Birmingham, David Cobley of the Royal Society of Portrait painters and Stewart Geddes, the President of the Royal West of England Academy. Students are issued with their own art kit containing oil paints, acrylics, watercolours, chalk pastels and oil pastels, colouring pencils, sketchbooks and brushes. Fine Art students are given an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of draughtsmanship, drawing, painting and composition. Art, Craft and Design students can explore a range of sculpture and ceramics techniques. We also offer photography as an activity for any students who want to learn the fundamentals of traditional and digital techniques. Alongside the Scholar specific sessions, students at GCSE visit the National Museum of Wales and the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers

and Natural History Museums in Oxford. At A Level, we visit the National Gallery and Tate Modern in London. There are also opportunities to exhibit their work in the House Art Competition and the Commem Exhibition in the Summer Term. Last year, some of our Scholars had their work selected for an online exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy. The Art Department is equipped with two lower school studios, a large Sixth Form studio equipped with an etching press, a photography room with a suite of Apple Mac computers and a dark room, as well as a ceramics and sculpture studio. We are fortunate to count among our staff a fine art painter and etcher, a ceramicist and sculptor and a photographer. Many of our Scholars have been offered places at some of our best art colleges including Central St Martins, Camberwell and Edinburgh to study on a variety of courses including Foundation, Fine Art, Fashion Design, Shoe Design, Car Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Architecture.


Design & Technology ― Design and Technology offers a fusion between design thinking and making. Design and Technologyscholars have genuine passion for the creative process and candidates should have an interest in the design and development of products, be able to use modern technologies as well as traditional methods, should be inquisitive, enjoy analysing solutions and solving practical problems. A Design and Technology Scholarship will be offered to a student who has talent, aptitude and ability in Product Design and manufacture using Resistant Materials. Candidates will show considerable natural ability and have begun to reach high standards of proficiency in their creative work, both in terms of technique and how they

develop ideas. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual. For ease, good quality photographs or larger three-dimensional works are acceptable in the portfolio. The portfolio should contain concept sketches, diaries and detailed photographs of finished products. To accompany their portfolio students will also be required to complete a Design Task they can choose which one of the following; Task 1 - Design a dwelling of the future with sustainability as the driving design factor (A3 with colour and annotation) Task 2 - Redesign a familiar household product with inclusivity as the driving factor (A3 with colour and annotation) It is expected that the candidate will be able to discuss their portfolio at the interview.

Scholars will be invited to join the scholarship group, where they will be introduced to a range of designs, machines, tools and processes. The scholarship programme is made up of a mixture of teacher-led tasks, group work and individual tasks. Scholars are supported by the Design and Technology staff, whose wide experience spans engineering and product design, from jewellery to CAD. Our facilities include well-equipped workshops with a large range of manufacturing equipment from traditional hand tools to CAM facilities, including a laser cutter, a CNC router and 3D printers. This range of processing ability allows pupils to create products from most materials and to develop a range of manufacturing skills. The classrooms are equipped for drawing and investigating, complemented by PCs linked to a range of CAD software.



Drama ― Committed young actors are encouraged to apply for a Drama Scholarship, whatever their range of experience. This programme develops skills as both individual and ensemble performers while giving students a glimpse into life as a working theatre professional. 13+ Scholarship candidates will be required to prepare and perform two contrasting monologues for audition (one classical and one contemporary) and take part in a group workshop where they will explore devising and scripted work practically. 16+ Scholarship candidates will be required to prepare and perform two contrasting monologues for audition (one Shakespearean and one

contemporary), submit an essay and supporting statement, and have a short interview with the Head of Drama. Those selected at 13+ will have access to theatre trips and professional theatre workshops in Third Form, with companies such as Frantic Assembly, developing skills from Physical Theatre to Stage Combat. They will also be expected to participate in our LAMDA programme, which supports students in developing their performance and audition technique in preparation for LAMDA performance exams. The 16+ Scholarship is for those who share a passion for Drama as a vital part of their future studies at A Level and Undergraduate level. Successful students are expected to represent the department and be heavily involved in the Upper School performance program by auditioning for productions or assistant

directing. The Upper School performance program is extensive, with students able to be involved in Musical Theatre, New PlayWriting and Devised Theatre both in and outside the rehearsal studio and classroom. Students will also be expected to have LAMDA lessons to support preparation for LAMDA performance exams. Facilities include five performance and rehearsal spaces on site, including the Redgrave Theatre. Previous Scholarship winners have gone on to join the National Youth Theatre as well study at leading theatre conservatoires such as Central School of Speech and Drama.


Music ―Talented musicians are encouraged to apply for a Music Scholarship whatever their instrument. Music is a key element of life at Clifton. We have excellent facilities and performance venues, including a dedicated recital hall, 20 practice rooms, Yamaha and Steinway grand pianos and a 4 manual Harrison and Harrison organ in Chapel. Talented music teachers provide tuition in a wide range of instruments, as well as in singing, and a full schedule of performance opportunities throughout the year. During a normal term, there are around 25 concerts including weekly solo lunchtime recitals, evening chamber music and orchestral concerts, competitions, rock and pop nights, a full scale annual production of a major show (e.g. Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls,

Little Shop of Horrors) and Chapel services such as Christmas Carols, Advent Carols and Remembrance. Winners of the 11+ and 13+ Music Scholarships will receive two free music lessons a week from specialists in their chosen instrument(s) and will receive dedicated support to ensure that pupils are able to balance their studies with rehearsals and the wide range of other co-curricular activities available. Pupils will have every opportunity to perform both as soloists and in appropriate ensembles. At 16+, Scholars receive free music lessons and the same support as pupils at 11+ and 13+. They also have an exciting opportunity to get involved with music at the highest level in orchestras, chamber ensembles and as a soloist. 16+ Music Scholars usually give a full length solo recital in our stunning hall, chapel or further afield and perform a concerto movement with

a professional orchestra in our Summer Serenade concert. There are also opportunities to direct a group such as a chamber choir or instrumental ensemble. The Scholarship programme aims to enable pupils to pursue music to as high a level as they wish. Some will look to study music beyond Clifton and aim to go into the music profession, whereas for others it is a wonderful way to relax and achieve something of real value alongside their academic studies. We look to help all musicians individually to achieve their goals, whatever they might be. Previous Music Scholars have gone on to study music at Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and other conservatoires; others have been members of award winning close harmony groups and recorded their own albums.



― Sir David Willcocks Organ Scholarship In partnership with Bristol Cathedral, the College’s Sir David Willcocks Organ Scholarship is for Sixth Form entrants and runs for two years. This is a wonderful opportunity which will allow a student to work towards accompanying Bristol Cathedral Choir at evensong once a week during term time, as well as playing services at Clifton. There is also considerable scope for composing and developing as a choral director under the guidance of the Music Department.

To be considered, pupils must: •

Be of at least Grade 7 standard or equivalent on the organ

Must have an interest in a university or conservatoire organ scholarship after Clifton

Will take A Level Music together with supplementary training in theoretical keyboard skills

Must fulfil the standard Sixth Form academic entry requirements set by the College


Julia Hwang ― Music and Academic Scholar Julia joined Clifton with a reputation for musical prowess and academic ability, but it was only once her talents were nurtured by Clifton’s music faculties that she truly blossomed. During her time at Clifton, she performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and released her own album. Julia credits her academic programme


as a contributing factor toward her success as it gave her the time to pursue her musical interests without compromising her potential elsewhere. Such is her standing in the violinist fraternity, Julia now boasts possession of one of Peter Guarnerius’s violins. Made in c1698, such instruments are incredibly rare and Julia considers it a privilege to be the current guardian.

“Facing a future as a musician who wishes to perform full-time, I can reflect back on my ten years at Clifton fondly; this school has given me the confidence, support and the right environment to nurture my skills and to help me grow as a person. It may sound contrived, but Clifton, for me, really has been ‘the best school of all’.” Julia Hwang (Hallward’s House, 2013)




Sport ― Sports scholarships are available to candidates who offer exceptional talent in team sports and who possess the athletic ability to excel. Successful Sport Scholars will display all the necessary attributes of a talented sports person: speed, agility, coordination, power, endurance and a desire to progress. A good academic record will also be expected to meet the College’s academic entry requirements. At 16+, successful candidates will have Regional and/ or International potential at senior school level and beyond, and excel in either Hockey or Netball for girls, and Rugby or Cricket for boys. For 11+, Assessment Day will consist of fitness and games in the morning and a games afternoon to include match play. At 13+ we are ideally looking for candidates who excel in two or more team sports, but exceptional ability in other sports may be considered. Members of

the College will endeavor to watch candidates perform for their current school and there are assessment days at the college with current sport scholars. At 16+ the athlete will have a proven record in their chosen sport, which has taken them into regional representative sport or official attachment to a professional sports academy. A 13+ Sport Scholar receives two extra training sessions a week. These include skills clinics, run by professional and exprofessional players, and an introduction to physical conditioning, which covers whole body exercises, core strength training and fundamental weight training techniques. All Scholars are supported to develop as an athlete from the ‘physical literacy’ stage and to enter the Performance Sports Programme (PSP) at the age of 15. The programme provides scholars with additional coaching sessions, mentoring sessions, skills clinics, strength and conditioning programmes, sports physiotherapy and lectures on various sports related topics including sports psychology.



― The High Performance Programme Clifton’s 16+ High Performance Programme (HPP) is the final piece in the development of high performing young athletes at Clifton. It is designed to provide the best possible support for elite performers in all sports. Each athlete on the HPP will receive a personal mentor, personal trainer and training programme.

Many scholars have continued with their sports at University level which has assisted their placements including US scholarships. Several scholars gain professional contracts and go straight into the sports industry including rugby and cricket contracts. Noteable previous scholars include Lily Owsley, GB Hockey player and Olympic Gold Medalist and Ioan Lloyd - Bristol Bears player and Welsh International.

The athlete will have a proven record in their chosen sport, which has taken them into regional representative sport or official attachment to a professional sports club.


Lily Owsley ― Sport Scholar When I arrived at Clifton College aged 11, I’m not sure I’d ever picked up a hockey stick. I was a football player. The Head of the Pre was a Spurs fan, and I think the story of my hattrick against Arsenal Ladies had nailed my scholarship interview. Understanding football helped me pick up hockey tactics fairly quickly, though my stick skills were lacking. But I was soon in the Pre 1st team. The coaching, encouragement and team spirit in the Pre were second to none, and we had a very good team. Not being at a hockey club at this stage, I relied on the excellent coaching and overall support I received in the Upper School to improve my ball skills and I was


able to work through the ranks to make the School 1st XI at 14 and the England Under 16s team not long after. I was able to progress while at school through the England Under 18s and 21s, and won my first senior cap for England, v South Africa, the day after my A Levels finished. I was delighted to be able to win 2014 Commonwealth Silver and 2015 European Gold for England, and then came the unforgettable experience of the 2016 Olympic Gold medal for Great Britain in Rio. I can’t thank the School enough for everything it contributed towards these achievements.

Lily Owsley WT (2015)


Key dates 11+ Scholarships

13+ Scholarships

16+ Scholarships

Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships

Application deadline 10th January 2022

Assessment day 11th February 2022

Academic Scholarships

Application deadline 30th September 2021

Pre-assessment day 18th October 2021 Assessment day 8th /9th November 2021

Assessment day 17th January 2022 Interview day 24th January 2022

Academic Scholarships

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships

Assessment day 4th February 2022

Assessment day 7th/8th February 2022

Assessment day 18th January 2022

Drama Scholarships Assessment day 19th January 2022

DT Scholarships Assessment day 18th January 2022

Art Scholarships Assessment day 19th January 2022


Application deadline 18th October 2021

Assessment day 11th November 2021

Academic Scholarships Assessment day 18th November 2021

Music Scholarships Assessment day 25th November 2021

Drama Scholarships Assessment day 25th November 2021

Art Scholarships Assessment day 25th November 2021

Next steps: applications For information about the Scholarship application process, the full assessment criteria and the Scholarship application dates, please see our website at www. admissions/scholarshipsand-bursaries For further information about scholarships and to receive an application form please contact: prepadmissions@ cliftoncollege for 11+ scholarships or admissions@cliftoncollege for 13+ and 16+ scholarships.

― Bursary applications Please note, a Scholarship is an honorary award. It does not secure an automatic reduction in the College’s fees. Scholarships at Clifton College run alongside our means-tested bursaries. Bursaries are made at the College’s discretion and in accordance with the Charities Commission guidelines. The College wants to be able to help support pupils by providing the right level of bursary assistance for families if they need it. This process enables us to support many more children attending Clifton College than would otherwise be the case.

son/daughter has been offered a scholarship, you will be able to apply for a bursary if you require assistance in paying the school fees. A Grant Application Form (GAF) needs to be submitted to the Bursar by the date of the scholarship assessment and includes a ‘Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances’. This determines the appropriate level of bursarial support in relation to your financial circumstances. For more information about the range of bursaries offered, please visit www.cliftoncollege. com/admissions/ scholarships-and-bursaries

Means-tested bursaries are only offered to pupils who have been awarded a scholarship. When your


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