At Windlesham, we believe that excellence should be recognised and scholarships are awarded to children who show outstanding potential academically or in Art, DT, Drama, Sport, Music, ICT or as an all rounder.
Scholarships are held each Spring Term and are available to external and internal candidates for entry into Year 6. Applicants should contact Kate Goodwin, Director of Studies for an application form. E: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01903 874041. Application forms must be returned by Friday 14th March.
Up to 12 scholarships will be awarded to a maximum of 10% of fees.
Windlesham offers a tailored programme of provision and support for scholars to enhance, develop and inspire their particular area of talent.
Scholarships awarded to successful candidates will commence in the Autumn Term following the Spring Term assessments.
Those pupils entering for academic scholarship will be assessed in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, Maths and English. The tests are designed to focus on potential rather than on current achievement. They will not be based on any specific curriculum but will be age appropriate. There will be no specific preparation necessary as the tests are designed to assess underlying intellectual capacity rather than learned responses.
A successful candidate will show a high level of ability across all areas tested including the interviews. We will expect each academic Scholar to maintain a consistently high level of effort and attainment in all subjects. They will also be expected to participate enthusiastically in the extra-curricular academic life of the school such as debates, general knowledge quizzes, teams and national competitions.
Candidates must show good academic potential and will be assessed in non verbal reasoning and English. They must show well above average talent in at least two areas and will have to choose to be formally assessed in two of these areas. Each assessment will last c. 30 minutes. Please indicate which two areas are chosen when submitting the application. Candidates should read the details below for the respective department. The interview process will be an important part of the overall assessment and the successful candidates will be expected to be excellent role models.
Candidates will be expected to produce a still life drawing from observation using pencil. The drawing exercise will run for 45 minutes. They will then be interviewed and during this session they must show evidence of their enjoyment of art by showing some of their work that they are proud of. They should also be able to tell us about their favorite artist and any galleries they have visited recently.
The still life drawings will be graded (see guidelines below) and a final decision will be made by the art and design team, based on the candidate’s ability and passion for this subject.
A* This drawing will show excellent attention to detail. The layout and proportions will be accurate and carefully planned. The tone will be varied and powerful and this drawing will also show extremely well observed texture. It will stand out as a quality piece of work and it will be outstanding in all respects.
A This will be a strong drawing that will be well observed. It will show a very good understanding of tone. It will not be quite as bold as the A* standard but it will be an accurate piece of work. It will also show textured areas and shadows and will stand out as a very good piece of work.
B This will be a very good sound drawing. It will show a good understanding of shape, form, tone and texture but there may be some areas that will need developing. For example the tone and textured areas may look like they need working into.
C A good drawing with a few inaccuracies. Tonal qualities will be evident but may not have been worked into. Evidence of texture will be in this drawing but it may look slightly unfinished.
D This level will show quite a few awkward areas that will not be accurate. It will show weaknesses mainly in its lack of tone, proportion, texture etc. It will not have been well observed.
Art scholars will be expected to attend all art activities including the Arts and Crafts weekends. They must show commitment to art beyond their lessons, in order to build up their folder of work for future art scholarships.
Computing and ICT
Candidates will be expected to answer a short general ICT knowledge multiple choice test. They would then receive a short training session on Scratch and a guided game building exercise. Each candidate would be expected to complete a touch typing speed and accuracy test. There will be an interview to ascertain particular area of interest and knowledge. A suitable candidate would be expected to show a good working knowledge of the applications, word, excel and PowerPoint, have a minimum of 25 words per minute touch typing and to show knowledge in one of the following areas:
- video editing
- Photo Editing/Graphic Design
A sensible attitude to the wider concerns of computer and internet safety would be assessed at interview and a successful candidate would need to maintain a high profile in the world of ICT at Windlesham and be a role model at all times.
What it takes to be a Design Technology Scholar?
As well as evidence of a natural flair/eye for design and exceptional practical skills, they should have a desire to work in at least two or more of the areas of Design Technology. This should include Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics, Textiles and Food Technology. A scholar should also show strength of character and perseverance to be able to see a project through from start to finish. It is also expected that a successful scholar will go on to represent the department in a positive light by completing extra projects using their free time. They will become involved in the wide ranging activities and develop both a breadth and depth to their studies. We would expect that their interests will reach beyond lessons and that they will look to extend their abilities, being receptive to all that is on offer to our pupils here, whilst also looking to assist and develop those around them and give back to the department.
What will happen on assessment day?
All candidates are invited to bring an existing product which they are interested in or a piece of work they have made themselves (it may be a model, Lego etc.) This will be evaluated and also form part of their interview. They are also encouraged to bring any evidence of their own drawing as this is a very important part of Design Technology. All candidates will sit a practical task which will take around 40mins. They will then be interviewed by members of the department. The interview will aim to assess their understanding of and passion for Design Technology, whilst also discussing the results of their practical task and their selected item from home. All elements of the assessment will be graded in line with our whole school scholarship assessment structure.
Candidates will be asked to recite one monologue of 1-2 mins in length to show clear characterisation and an understanding of the context. Candidates will be asked to respond to a given improvisation. They should be able to discuss a theatre production in which they have performed and also one that they have seen with intelligence and enthusiasm.
Optional: some photographic/video or other evidence of theatrical experience or grades attained.
A potential music scholar will have a keen interest in music of all styles and be able to show that they are involved in all aspects of musical performance at school. They will be able to perform and/or sing at a high level (appropriate to their age) on at least two instruments (or voice), one of which should be the piano. Potentially it could have a detrimental impact on their application to a senior school if they do not have the prerequisite keyboard skills.
They will have a good sense of pitch, be able to sing in tune and would be expected to be in one or more of the school choirs.
Being a music scholar is also a state of mind. Above all, a music scholar should add value to the Music Department and also to the musical life of the school. They will be keen to perform, show a great curiosity for learning about all aspects of music (including theory!). They would be expected to attend (amongst other things…) : aural classes, theory classes, supervised practice sessions and join one or more of the choirs.
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a level of skill that is exceptional to someone of this age level. Whilst hoping his or her natural ability extends to several sports, the practical assessment will be based on their performance in one sport. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate attributes that make them stand out in ability, attitude and commitment. The practical assessment will run for 30 minutes. The interview process will be an important part of the overall assessment. Candidates should produce a record of their achievements to date and attach this to their application form. Portfolios are not necessary.