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Westbourne is about celebrating and nurturing excellence...and sharing it!

Our scholarship programme, which dates back to 1934, recognises gifted pupils who show significant talent and would benefit greatly from joining our top-performing students at Westbourne School.

There are two entry points to the Westbourne scholarship programme: Y3 and Y7. As well as the prestige that comes with being a Westbourne Scholar, pupils awarded with scholarship can also expect a fee remission. Subject to their performance displayed on assessment day, pupils may be offered one of the following awards:

A Scholarship This is the highest level of award and recognises our top-performing pupils. A full scholarship at Westbourne carries a 10% reduction in school fees.

An Exhibition This award recognises a candidate’s ability and potential. It carries a 5% reduction in school fees. Augmentation of these awards may be available on the basis of financial need. The value of any award is at the discretion of the Headmaster.

Successful candidates can expect: An extensive range of enrichment opportunities. Extra support in their chosen area of talent. Opportunities to take on extra responsibilities within school and improve their leadership skills. Review meetings and monitoring of their progress. Support from our current cohort of scholars. Please open the individual Scholarship files below to find out more!

Expectations of the award holder: Full participation in the Scholarship Programme. The highest levels of focus and engagement across all subjects. Participation in extracurricular activities.To show initiative and enthusiasm as a Westbourne School ambassador.To set an excellent example to their peers

Senior Scholarship day - what to expect

On the day, parents and carers will have the opportunity to meet staff and current scholars, and to find out more about the school. Our scholars will also be available to take applicants for the Y7 scholarship for a tour of the school and speak to them about what it’s like to be a scholar at Westbourne.

During the day, applicants will also be invited to meet the scholarship subject heads and have a short interview with a senior member of staff, who will be keen to find out more about them. There will also be a variety of activities for applicants to take part in, which are designed to showcase their talents and help us to find out more about their achievements and progression to date.

At the end of assessment day, parents and carers will once again be able to join their children on site to discuss the day and ask any final questions.

Students are welcome to apply for scholarship in a maximum of two of the following five categories: Academic Music Sport Drama Art

Westbourne Junior Scholarship

Junior Scholarship day - what to expect

On the day, parents and carers will be welcomed by staff and current scholars to share refreshments and find out more about the school. Our scholars will also be available to take children and parents on a tour of the school and speak to you about what it’s like to be a scholar at Westbourne.

Children will then meet their teacher for the day and take part in a variety of activities and initiatives designed to showcase their talents. This will enable us to get to know them better and help us to find out more about their achievements and progression to date. During the day, candidates for the scholarship award will also sit a short literacy and numeracy test.

Upon collection, parents and carers will once again be able to join their children on site to discuss the day and ask any final questions.

Westbourne welcomes applications from students who have shown impressive academic potential for their age. We are also keen to encourage applications from parents who believe their child is gifted in one or more of these areas:

Academic Music Sport Drama Art Please use the online application form to tell us more and upload any suitable evidence of their gift or talent.

Westbourne Academic Scholarship

Academic

Westbourne welcomes applications from dedicated pupils who enjoy challenge, take risks with new learning and are consistently, actively engaged with their studies, both during and outside of lesson time.

The academic scholarship assessment consists of papers in English and Maths as well as a computerised baseline assessment. The awards will be based largely upon the results in these assessments and the number awarded will vary each year according to performance.

Candidates do not need to “cram” or prepare in advance for our academic assessments; the English paper will be a creative writing task, and the Maths paper will be designed to test aptitude and problem-solving skills rather than breadth of knowledge acquired to date. Students will also be asked to give a short presentation about their favourite book.

Contact: If you have any specific questions regarding Academic Scholarships, please contact Mrs Moss, Scholarship Coordinator - lmoss@westbourneschool.co.uk

Westbourne Music Scholarship

Music

We encourage applications from enthusiastic pupils who have the potential to become outstanding performers on their instrument of choice.

Applicants for Music scholarships will sit the baseline assessment required of all scholarship candidates, in addition to a range of tests and activities intended to showcase their musical talents. Each candidate should prepare and film, in advance, a video recording of two performances. These can be on the same instrument or different ones, but try to record two contrasting pieces so that we can see a full range of skills.

During assessment day, you will meet Mrs Pritchett, the Head of Music, who will introduce you to our current Music scholars and give you the opportunity to play as an ensemble. Mrs Pritchett will also give you a short listening test. We will play a piece of music that you might be unfamiliar with and ask you some questions about what you can hear in the music. We will focus on the following elements of music; Metre (time signature), Dynamics, Sonority (instrumentation) and Tempo. You will also be expected to take part in a short, individual aural test. Your overall performance on the day will be assessed on difficulty, accuracy and expression.

Contact: If you have any specific questions regarding Music Scholarships, please contact Mrs Pritchett, Head of Music, on mpritchett@westbourneschool.co.uk

Westbourne sport Scholarship

Sport

Recipients of Sports Scholarships at Westbourne are usually involved at club level in at least one sport. They are passionate about sport and aspire to succeed at a county or country level.

Applicants for Sport scholarships will sit the baseline assessment required of all scholarship candidates, in addition to strength and conditioning tests during assessment day. They will also be expected to provide evidence of their skill level and discuss achievement to date within their chosen sport.

During the day, you will meet the Director of Sport, Mr Elvidge Latham, who will ask you to provide a summary of the sport you currently play and at what level. You may also get the opportunity to demonstrate your talent by playing a full sided game in your chosen sport. If applicant numbers do not allow this, then we may ask you to bring a short video instead.

Contact: If you have any specific questions regarding Sports Scholarships, please contact Mr Elvidge Latham, Director of Sport, on nelvidge@westbourneschool.co.uk

Westbourne Drama Scholarship

Drama

Recipients of a Drama Scholarship have a passion for performance and theatre, they are actively involved in all extra-curricular drama activities and enjoy being an ambassador for the subject.

Applicants for Drama scholarships will sit the baseline assessment required of all scholarship candidates, in addition to a range of tests and activities intended to showcase their talent in this discipline. In preparation, Drama candidates should prepare the following two tasks to bring with them on assessment day:

1.Learn and perform a short script. We can send you a choice of four scripts. You may act with your script in hand if this will lead to a more relaxed performance!
2. Write and perform a lively, entertaining monologue telling us about yourself.

When you visit Westbourne, you will meet the Head of Senior Drama, Mrs Rigby, and will join a small group of pupils and work together on an improvisation task.

Contact: If you have any specific questions regarding Drama Scholarships, please contact Mrs Rigby, Head of Senior Drama, on nrigby@westbourneschool.co.uk

Westbourne Art Scholarship

Art

Recipients of an Art Scholarship have a passion and drive for Art, craft and design. They are actively involved in all extra-curricular art activities and enjoy being a creative, questioning and open minded artist of the future.

On assessment day, applicants will sit the baseline assessment required of all scholarship candidates. They should also bring with them two imaginative, contrasting pieces of artwork in any media and of any subject; one abstract and one with a sense of realism. They will also give a short presentation on an artist of their choice.

During the day itself, applicants will be expected to produce a vanitas inspired photo study. For this they will need to prepare, research and collect items suitable for the photoshoot - we can provide the skull! You will then have a discussion with the Head of Art, Mr Farn, who will look forward to asking you about the creative decisions you have made.

Contact: If you have any specific questions regarding Art Scholarships, please contact Mr Farn, Head of Art, on mfarn@westbourneschool.co.uk

Scholarship Contact:

Additional information regarding the scholarship process can be obtained by contacting our Scholarship Coordinator, Mrs L Moss – lmoss@westbourneschool.co.uk
Children and parents interested in applying for a Westbourne scholarship are also welcome to visit the school at any time. Entry into Westbourne School is not dependent on the performance of the applicant on Scholarship Day.
All higher performing pupils, including those with a scholarship, are given the opportunity to engage in tailored 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.

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