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SCHOLARSHIPS


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Sibford School scholarship is not just about celebrating excellence, it’s about developing and sharing it.

Our scholarship students are given the opportunity to engage in a widerange of enrichment activities and extra support in their chosen area of talent. They are supported by staff who are experts in their field, and encouraged to challenge themselves to achieve at the very highest level. Furthermore, scholarship students also act as ambassadors within the school, sharing their enthusiasm and encouraging fellow students to take an active interest in their subject area. Scholars will be encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities and extend their interest beyond the school day.


The aims of the scholarship programme at Sibford School are: • To encourage students who are exceptionally gifted and talented to join the school. • To recognise outstanding talent within the school at key transition stages. • To continue the school’s long tradition of providing public benefit. There are three categories of scholarship: • Academic: where a student shows exceptional academic ability and potential. • Talent: Art, Drama, Music, Sport (including climbing, triathlon and equestrian). • All Rounder: where a student demonstrates significant intellectual potential as well as providing evidence of exceptional talent in a particular discipline. Scholarships are available to new pupils entering Sibford Senior School in Year 7, Year 9, Year 10 and to those entering Sixth Form in Year 12. Scholarships are also available to existing Sibford School pupils currently in Year 6 or Year 11 as they are in transition to the Senior School and Sixth Form respectively. In exceptional circumstances Sibford School will consider offering a scholarship to a student who is already at the School and who has shown exceptional progress and commitment to a subject. Scholarships are always an honorary award. However, for exceptional pupils, at the Head’s discretion, the award may represent a financial reduction equivalent to the value of up to 10% of day fees. Support may also be offered for music lessons, LAMDA awards or similar.


All scholarship applicants will be expected to provide a short personal statement (approximately 300 words) about their work and interests in relation to the category of scholarship to which they have applied. Additonal assessment criteria for each scholarship category is outlined in the following pages.

Academic Scholarships Academic scholars at Sibford School will demonstrate exceptional academic ability and potential. They are expected to be a positive role model for fellow students and maintain excellent standards of academic progress and conduct at all times. They will be academically stretched by their teachers and will benefit from attendance at presentations with guest speakers and other organised events. They will contribute positively and significantly to the academic life of the school.

Assessment Criteria • Two written papers (English & Maths). • Portfolio of work from other subjects/activities. • Recent reports and reference from current school. • Interview with the Head or senior member of staff.


Talent Scholarships

Art Art scholars will be expected to display a keen interest in the subject and be able to articulate how they have been inspired by the work of established artists. Art scholars will be mentored and encouraged by our staff to develop their passion for art and be given opportunities to display and curate their work around the school. It should be their intention to pursue Fine Art or Textile Design as an examination subject, and they will be expected to take advantage of the many extra-curricular arts activities and spend a significant amount of time in the Art Department, collaborating with and inspiring others.

Assessment Criteria • A timed observational drawing task to be completed at interview with the Head of Art. • A portfolio of work that demonstrates talent. There is no restriction as to where this talent might lie, for example photography, digital media, drawing, painting, printmaking, or three dimensional design. However, students must take care to ensure that the examples included in the portfolio are their own, unaided work. • A reference from a teacher or other professional.


Music Candidates applying for a Music Scholarship (Instrumental or Vocal Award) should show a very high ability and genuine enthusiasm for the subject, which is demonstrated in and outside the classroom. Music scholars will be expected to take a minimum of one hour instrumental/vocal lessons per week. They will have the opportunity of belonging to a musical group, leading a musical ensemble and attending extra-curricular events such as concerts and recitals. Music scholars will be expected to play a leading role in all opportunities for performance including recital events, music meetings and whole school performances. They will be encouraged to play with the Sibford Community Orchestra.

Assessment Criteria • A short interview with the Head of Music which will centre around current commitment to music and the contribution that would be made to the Music Department should an award be received. Music scholars are expected to join in as many of the School’s musical activities as possible during their time at Sibford, including those that take place at weekends and weekday evenings. All scholars are expected to perform regularly in groups and as a soloist and to take GCSE Music. • Performance of chosen pieces and completion of Aural and Sight Reading tests with the Head of Music as follows: For entry in Year 7 Candidates will be expected to have reached the standard (though not necessarily to have sat the examination) of at least Grade 4 in their first instrument. They will be required to perform two contrasting pieces alongside grade appropriate aural and sightreading tests. (If two instruments are offered, then one piece per instrument.)


For entry in Year 9/10 Candidates will be expected to have reached the standard (though not necessarily to have sat the examination) of at least Grade 6 in their first instrument. They will be required to perform two contrasting pieces alongside grade appropriate aural and sightreading tests. (If two instruments are offered, then one piece per instrument.) For Entry in Year 12 Candidates will be expected to have reached the standard (though not necessarily to have sat the examination) of at least Grade 7 in their first instrument. They will be required to perform two contrasting pieces alongside grade appropriate aural and sightreading tests. (If two instruments are offered, then one piece per instrument.) • Completion of a written theory test. • Two references from either a teacher/music professional. Music scholars can enjoy a wide range of performance opportunites both within and outside of the School..


Drama Drama scholars will take a leading role in the life of the Drama Department. They will be ambassadors for the theatrical life of the school. It is quite possible that their expertise will lie in directing, stage production or similar as well as those appearing on stage. They will take a lead role in House drama competitions as well as school productions. Although they will not necessarily take Drama as an examination subject, we would expect scholars to strongly consider GCSE Drama as an option as well as playing a full part in the life of the Drama Department across the school. They will have the opportunity to learn from our professional staff and take part in extra-curricular visits as they develop their skills.

Assessment Criteria • Two references from either teacher/drama/LAMDA coach or other professional. • A performed piece or equivalent. • Interview with Head of Drama.


Sport Sports scholars will represent the school and be ambassadors of the school’s sporting values in their chosen field. There is no restriction upon the type of sport and we welcome applications from students involved in traditional sport, swimming, triathlon, climbing, equestrian as well as other sports. Sports scholars will be automatically placed onto our PE Gifted and Talented programme where they receive additional support, guidance and specialist workshops throughout the year to help prepare them for competition. They will be expected to undertake a leadership role within their chosen sport to inspire others and to mentor fellow students.

Assessment Criteria • Two references from either teacher/sports coaches or other professional. • A portfolio of evidence of sporting achievements (this could include video evidence). • A fitness/sports assessment with PE staff • Interview


All-rounder Scholarship All-rounder scholars at Sibford School will demonstrate strong academic endeavour, commitment and potential in a range of subjects and more than one extra-curricular activity. They are expected to be a positive role model for fellow students in all subjects and maintain excellent standards of academic progress and conduct at all times. They will be academically stretched by their teachers and will benefit from attendance at presentations with guest speakers and other organised events. They will contribute positively and significantly to the academic life of the school.

Assessment Criteria • Two written papers (English & Maths). • Portfolio of work from other subjects/activities. • Recent reports and reference from current school. • Interview with the Head or senior member of staff.


The Application Process Senior School Scholarships You will need to complete the scholarship form and return it, along with a copy of your child’s most recent school report and evidence to support the application to: The Admissions Office, Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury OX15 5QL. Applications for September entry should be received by the third Friday of the preceeding January. The application will be reviewed and successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview/audition/trial. For Year 7 entry this usually takes place on the last Saturday of January. A separate assessment date (usually in early February) is arranged for Year 9 and Year 10 entry. If successful at assessment, a scholarship offer will be made within a fortnight of the interview. Unsuccessful candidates will also be contacted at this stage. In the event of a scholarship being awarded and accepted, candidates must make a formal application and register to join the school. This offer is dependent on a satisfactory reference from the candidate’s current school. Please note: Students may apply for one scholarship at a time. Applications for scholarships (both Senior School and Sixth Form) will not be considered without supporting evidence. With the exception of International applicants, it is essential for a student to attend the scholarship interview/trial in person. International students applying for an academic/all-rounder scholarship will be interviewed via Skype if they are unable to attend in person.


Sixth Form Scholarship You will need to complete the scholarship form and return it, along with a copy of your child’s most recent school report and evidence to support the application to: The Admissions Office, Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury OX15 5QL. Applications for September entry should be received by the last Monday of the preceeding February. The application will be reviewed and an email will be sent inviting successful candidates to attend a scholarship day in early March. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified. If successful at assessment, a scholarship offer will be sent via email within a fortnight of the interview. Unsuccessful candidates will also be contacted by email at this stage. In the event of a scholarship being awarded and accepted, candidates must make a formal application and register to join the school. This offer is dependent on the candidate meeting our usual admission requirements which includes a satisfactory reference from the candidate’s current school. Existing Senior School scholarship students do not need to re-apply at the end of Year 11 for entry into Year 12 but their award will be subject to annual review. We currently have a generous fee remission for pupils who have been at Sibford School for a number of years as they enter the Sixth Form. Scholarships at Sixth Form will be for a maximum of 10% of the full day fee and overall awards, when combined with Sixth Form discount, will not exceed 25% of the full day fee.


‘There is great kudos attached to being a scholar, if you think you could qualify then don’t hesitate to apply ... who knows where it might take you?’


Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5QL Telephone 01295 781200

www.sibfordschool.co.uk Sibford Schools established in 1842 - Member of the Society of Heads Registered Charity No. 1068256 Sibford School is a company limited by guarantee registered in England under No: 3487651


Scholarship Application Senior School Scholarship ApplicationForm Form Name of pupil

Date of birth

Name of parents Address Telephone Number

Mobile

Email Current School

The above named pupil wishes to be considered as a candidate for a scholarship. Scholarship awards are honorary although, for exceptional pupils and, at the Head’s discretion, awards for scholarships may be offered up to a maximum of 10% off the full day fee. Any larger awards will be dependent on means testing. Parents of pupils who seek a larger scholarship will be asked to complete a detailed financial declaration (Bursary Form). Parents should be aware that such scholarships / bursaries will be means tested on an annual basis. All scholarships will be reviewed on an annual basis. Scholarships are offered for Senior School and Sixth Form from September (for pupils from Sibford Junior School or from another school) as follows: • • • •

For entry into Year 7 For entry into Year 9 For entry into Year 10 For entry into Year 12

Sibford awards Academic Scholarships, an All-rounder Scholarship as well as subject specific Talent Scholarships for Art, Drama, Music and Sport. It would normally be expected that successful scholars will be in the top 10% of the national ability range. All scholars will be expected to demonstrate their service to the school and to the wider community. NB: Scholarship forms must be accompanied by a completed application form and school report if the school is not already in receipt of these. A confidential reference will be requested from the current school where applicable.


Please indicate for which scholarship the candidate is to be entered by completing the two tables below – the first to indicate the academic year group for entry, the second to indicate the type of scholarship applied for: Year 7 entry

Year 9 entry

Year 10 entry

Sixth Form entry

Academic Talent: Art Talent: Drama Talent: Music Talent: Sport All Rounder

Academic / All Rounder

Please state strongest subject (s) _______________________________

Evidence of academic / all round achievements Sport

Please state discipline (s) ______________________________

Evidence of sporting success – teams / competitions / PBs etc. Art

Please state preferred media (s)_____________________________

Evidence of achievement / success in Art Drama Evidence of achievement / success in Drama / performances / LAMDA etc. Music Evidence of achievement / success in Music. Performances / recitals / musical groups / national awards etc.

Please state main instrument (s)_____________________________


Does your child have any particular learning difficulties which the school should be aware of? ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Does your child have any medical or dietary requirements that the school should be aware of ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Any further information you would like the school to consider?

___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Please return this form to: Elspeth Dyer, Admissions Officer, Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury OX15 5QL.

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A Sibford School scholarship is not just about celebrating excellence, it’s about developing and sharing it.

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A Sibford School scholarship is not just about celebrating excellence, it’s about developing and sharing it.