At 11+ (Year 7) there are Academic, Music, Art and Sport Scholarships available each year, worth up to 10% of the current tuition fees. Additionally, Music Scholarships cover the cost of tuition in one instrument, provided that tuition is taken at Tormead. We also cover the cost of a second instrument within our “Endangered Instruments Scheme”. Music Scholars who are currently learning, or who wish to choose to start lessons on Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Double Bass or Trombone, will have the cost of these lessons covered by the school, where the lessons are taken at school.
A Music Exhibition may also be awarded. There is no reduction in school fees, but an Exhibition does cover the cost of instrument tuition provided that the tuition takes place at school.
All Scholarships are reviewed annually and are tenable for the whole of a girl’s time at Tormead, subject to our satisfaction with her overall effort and attitude towards her studies. Award-holders are expected to remain at Tormead until they have completed their A Level examinations.
Year 7 (11+)
Candidates are assessed for Academic Scholarships on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination. All candidates are therefore automatically considered and there are no separate scholarship papers.
In order to be considered for an Art Scholarship, candidates must submit a collection of their recent artwork and/or a selection of their sketch books on or before the day of the entrance examination. Short-listed candidates will be invited back to talk about their artwork with members of the department and to sit a one-hour drawing test.
In order to be considered for a Music Scholarship, candidates should be approximately Grade 4/5 standard on their principal instrument and show evidence of attainment on a second instrument. Auditions will normally be held in the week following the entrance examination. Candidates will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces of music on their principal instrument and one piece on their second. There will be aural and sight reading tests, together with a short interview. Evidence of composition, whether played or written down, may be an advantage. Holders of Music Scholarships are expected to contribute wholeheartedly to at least three extra-curricular music groups in the school.
In order to be considered for a Sport Scholarship, candidates must submit an application form. Short-listed candidates will be invited back for an assessment day.
Sixth Form (16+)
In the Sixth Form there are up to five new Academic, two new Music and two new Art Scholarships available each year, worth up to 10% of the current tuition fees. There are also up to two Sixth Form Sports Scholarships available to girls already at Tormead.
Sixth Form Scholarships are awarded to existing Tormead pupils in the Summer Term of Year 10.
The application deadline for Sixth Form Scholarships for external candidates is 31 October, in the year proceeding entry in September; there are no late applications accepted.
Candidates are assessed for Academic Scholarships on the basis of their performance in the Scholarship Examination and interview.
For an Art Scholarship, candidates must submit a collection of one year’s artwork and a selection of their sketch books.
In order to be considered for an Music Scholarship, candidates should be approximately Grade 6/7 standard on their principal instrument. Auditions will normally be held during the November preceding entry to the Sixth Form. Holders of Music Scholarships are expected to contribute wholeheartedly to the extra-curricular music groups in the school.
To qualify for the Sports Scholarships candidates must have already shown a proven ability in sport.
Tormead offers financial support in the form of bursaries. These bursaries are means-tested. Please download this document for more information.
Interest must be registered by Wednesday 31 October 2018.
Completed paperwork must be received by Friday 30 November 2018.
The Governors of Tormead are committed to broadening access to the school by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support with the payment of school fees.
Entrance Bursaries are for new applicants to the school at 11+ and 16+, where a place has been offered but parents/guardians are unable to fund the tuition fees.
Entrance Bursaries may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees payable and assistance with extras, and will include school uniform and residential trips, depending on the financial, compassionate or other pertinent circumstances of applicants. In some cases, assistance with lunches and transport to/from school will also be available.
The number of Entrance Bursaries available each year is limited. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applications made after the published deadline.