Scholarship Opportunities 2021 Entry
About Our School
Wells Cathedral School is a day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 18. It is the only school that offers specialist music training for talented musicians as part of a wider, all-round school community. We have a proven track record in academic excellence, a wide range of co-curricular opportunities, a strong creative arts programme, a variety of competitive and recreational sports and a programme of outdoor educational opportunities, including Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
We encourage all pupils at Wells to work and play hard, so that they can develop and make the very most of their respective talents and skills, becoming the best they can be in all their endeavours. We want pupils to take full advantage of the extension activities available to them. These enrichment opportunities are especially directed at our Scholars. We want Scholars to be not only leaders and role models in their particular fields, but also keen to stretch and challenge themselves so that they can nurture existing passions and discover new ones.
Our Scholarship Programme Every year we award a number of Scholarships to recognise current talent and potential in a wide variety of fields. In addition to a financial award, our Scholars receive enhanced educational opportunities and privileges to help them develop their talents. Please note that you may apply for multiple Scholarships. If successful, you can receive one financial Scholarship and an additional honorary Scholarship. Please note that the application process and financial awards for one our Specialist Music programmes or Choristership is completely independent to the Scholarships outlined on pages 4-9. Please see pages 10 (Choristers) and 11 (Specialist Music) for details.
Academic Scholarships For entry at Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 Academic Scholarships are awarded to pupils based on their current academic ability and potential. Pupils benefit from an extensive enrichment programme including academic mentoring and a range of visiting speakers. Applicants for Academic Scholarships should be achieving in the top 10% of pupils nationally. Assessment will consist of a CAT4 test and essay paper. Candidates will also participate in two interviews and a team challenge.
All-Rounder and Art Scholarships All-Rounder Scholarships For entry at Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 Scholarships are awarded for current achievement and potential in at least two of the scholarship areas (Academic, Art, Drama, Mathematics, General Music or Sport). Scholars participate in enrichment activities relevant to their specialisms whilst maintaining a balanced experience. Pupils will undergo the assessment for each specialism that they apply for and sit academic assessments.
Art Scholarships For entry at Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 Art Scholarships are awarded to pupils who will make an outstanding contribution to our art department. Pupils should have a genuine passion for Art as well as a natural flare. Candidates need to prepare a portfolio of their most recent work and a sketchbook to bring to our Scholarship Day. Assessment will be through a drawing test, the portfolio, an interview and a team challenge.
Drama and Mathematics Scholarships Drama Scholarships For entry at Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 Scholarships will be awarded to pupils who can make a difference to our Drama Department. Candidates should have dramatic experience both inside and outside of school and demonstrate a true passion for drama. Candidates need to provide their previous dramatic achievements, perform two contrasting monologues during our Scholarship Day and prepare a portfolio of programmes, photos and/or certificates.
Mathematics Scholarships For entry at Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 Our Mathematics Scholarships are awarded to pupils with truly exceptional mathematical ability and potential. Successful candidates take part in an enriching specialist mathematics programme that both extends and challenges them. Assessment will consist of a CAT4 paper and problem solving maths challenge. Candidates will participate in two interviews and a team challenge.
Music Scholars For entry at Years 7 and 9 We offer two pathways for talented musicians. This, our General Music Scholar Pathway, is for someone looking to pursue music alongside their academic programme as opposed to one of our Specialist Music Programmes, which are for musicians looking to make music their primary focus (see page 11). Our General Music Scholars take their instrumental lessons in school with our highly respected team of visiting music staff, requesting the length of lesson they require (lesson fees can be found on http://wells.cathedral.school/fees). Scholars may audition to transfer to one of a our specialist programmes if they achieve a suitable standard and desire to do so. If you are unsure which is best for you, please visit http://wells. cathedral.school/whichpath To apply, candidates need to provide their principal study, years played and any grades or achievements. They will need to prepare two pieces of contrasting music to perform at our Scholarship Day (see page 9 for application details).
Sport Scholarships For entry at Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 Scholarships are awarded to pupils who have the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Sport at Wells. Candidates should already be playing Sport both inside and outside of school, whether via the club or county route. Our top Sport Scholarships will go to candidates of County standard or above. Sports Scholars receive an enrichment programme designed to increase knowledge and understanding in: Lifestyle Management, Skill Acquisition and Development, Injury Prevention, Personal Performance and Nutrition. Assessment will be through a fundamental movement task and performance in at least one of our core sports. Candidates will also have an interview and participate in a variety of sporting activities. 8
How to Apply and Money Matters How to Apply Candidates need to submit an application form, any supplementary information, two references, our registration form and our fee by 8th January 2021. Our forms are available on our website or by contacting our admissions team. Details of our Scholarship Day will be sent upon receipt of application. Specialist Mathematician candidates in Years 5 and 6 are also encouraged to attend one of our Be a Specialist Mathematician for a Day events.
Money Matters Most scholarships will be worth 10% off school fees, but we have a finite number of scholarships worth up to 50% for truly exceptional candidates. Candidates will be notified with a decision by 5th February 2021 (all decisions are final). Additional means-tested bursaries may be available; please contact our admissions team on email@example.com or 01749 834441 for more details.
Key Dates and Deadlines Open Morning Saturday 3 October 2020 (please note that weâ€™d be happy to arrange a bespoke visit at any time)
Be a Specialist Mathematician for a Day Saturday 7 November 2020
Application deadline Friday 8 January 2021
Scholarship Day (Art, Drama and Sport) Saturday 16 January 2021
Scholarship Day (Academic, Mathematics and General Music) Tuesday 19 January 2021
Decision Day All candidates will hear from us by Wednesday 10th February
Chorister Scholarships Boys and girls aged 7-13 who have a passion for singing are encouraged to apply for a place as a Chorister in Wells Cathedral Choir. All Choristers are awarded financial scholarship worth 25% of school fees, which may be supplemented by further funding through national grant giving bodies. They also can earn up to a 20% discount off their fees once they have finished their time in the Choir. To 10
apply, please book a pre-audition by contacting our admissions team as early in the academic year as possible (pre-auditions take place before Christmas). We also recommend you attend our Be a Chorister for a Day on 10 October 2020 to get a feel for Chorister Life. Successful pre-audition candidates are invited to attend our Voice Trials and Academic Entrance Assessments on 21 January 2021.
Specialist Music Programmes Our Specialist Music programmes are for talented young musicians aged 8-16+ who wish to make music their primary focus. They receive a world-class music education, typically progress to study music at conservatoire or university with the aim to perform at a professional level and are eligible for either the Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) grant funded by the Department for Education (DfE) or one of our own Music Scholarships. The meanstested MDS grants are worth up to 100% of tuition, boarding and music tuition fees. Our own Music Scholarships range from 10% to 50% of day fees with meanstested bursaries available. We recommend candidates attend our Be a Specialist Musician for a Day before applying for an Audition. Please see our website for our Specialist music programme fee structure and for details on how to apply for and prepare for an Audition. Talented musicians who donâ€™t wish to have a career in music should consider our Music Scholar Pathway (see page 7) instead.
Key Dates and Deadlines Music Auditions Saturday 28 November 2020 (deadline: 13 November 2020) Saturday 30 January 2021 (deadline: 15 January 2021)
Be a Specialist Musician for a Day Thursday 15 October 2020 (deadline: 8 October 2020) Wednesday 11 November 2020 (deadline: 4 November 2020) Tuesday 12 January 2021 (deadline: 5 January 2021) Thursday 18 March 2021 (deadline: 11 March 2021)
Find Out More If you would like to find out more please contact us on 01749 834441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (please email email@example.com for music and chorister related queries)
An overview of our Scholarships for 2021 entry.