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Scholarships and Exhibitions 2014/2015

While the Head is able to make recommendations, all awards have to be approved by the Governing Body.

All candidates will be invited to spend the whole day at Saint Felix. There will be an opportunity for a full tour of the school and arrangements can be made for candidates, who would like to stay overnight, to do so.

Teaching staff from the relevant departments will be pleased to talk informally to parents, prior to the submission of a formal application for a scholarship or exhibition.

Any questions about awards should be made in the first instance to the Registrar, Miss Melissa Bridgman, on 01502 722175 or by email at mbridgman@stfelix.co.uk.

Entrance Examinations & Awards Timetable 2014/15

Tuesday 21st January 2014

Award/Exam Level/Year Group
Entrance Examinations 11+ (Year 7) 12+ (Year 8) 13+ (Year 9) 14+ (Year 10) 16+ (Year 12)
Academic 11+ (Year 7) 13+ (Year 9) 14+ (Year 10) 16+ (Year 12)

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Award/Exam Level/Year Group
Drama 16+ (Year 12)
Design & Technology 16+ (Year 12)
Music 9+ (Year 5) 11+ (Year 7) 13+ (Year 9) 14+ (Year 10) 16+ (Year 12)
Performing Arts 13+ (Year 9) 14+ (Year 10)
Sport 9+ (Year 5) 11+ (Year 7) 13+ (Year 9) 14+ (Year 10) 16+ (Year 12)
Visual Arts : Art 9+ (Year 5) 11+ (Year 7) 13+ (Year 9) 16+ (Year 12)
VisualArts : Photography 16+ (Year 12)

By Arrangement

Swimming 9+ (Year 5) and above
Equestrian 9+ (Year 5) and above

Academic Scholarships ( 11+, 13+ , 14+ & 16+)

Scholarships will be awarded, for entry in September 2014, to outstanding candidates who demonstrate flair and the potential to excel in their academic studies. All applicants will be expected to sit competitive academic examination papers. The school is seeking high calibre candidates, who will contribute very positively and proactively to the life of the school community. The maximum award offered to scholars will be 50% of the fees.

Academic Exhibitions ( 11+, 13+ , 14+ and 1 6 + )

An exhibition is an award given for candidates who show promise but do not quite attain the exacting standards demanded of scholars. All applicants will be expected to sit competitive academic examination papers. Exhibitioners, like scholars, will be expected to set themselves very high standards of work and to contribute positively to the life of the school. The maximum award to exhibitioners is 25% of the fees.

Margaret Isabella Gardiner Scholarship ( 11+, 13 + , 14+ and 16+ )

Outstanding candidates may be eligible for this prestigious award, worth up to 75% of the fees. This scholarship will be awarded only to a candidate of sufficiently high calibre and not necessarily on an annual basis.

Academic Examination Papers (11+, 13+ & 14+)

Candidates will be asked to take examination papers in English, Mathematics and Science. At 11+ they will also sit PIP's tests. Subject papers will be based on topics closely linked to the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 curriculum. Past subject papers will be available for internal and external candidates. Candidates will also have a short interview with a member of the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Academic Examinations Papers (Sixth Form)

External candidates will be asked to sit written scholarship papers in two subjects that they plan to take in the Sixth Form. These papers will be based on topics covered during the GCSE course. Candidates should indicate their current GCSE specifications and topics covered to date. They will also have formal interviews with the Heads of Departments of the subjects they intend to study at AS/A2 and with the Head of Sixth Form.

Assessments for Sixth Form awards in Drama, Design Technology, Music and the Visual Arts will be undertaken in January 2014.

Design & Technology Scholarship - Phipps Award (16+)

Thanks to a magnificent donation by an Old Felician, the Phipps Award will be offered to exceptionally gifted students entering the Sixth Form, to enable them to study Design and Technology at Advanced Level at Saint Felix. Students will follow a Product Design course, working with wood, metal, plastics or ceramics.

Candidates will be asked to bring with them a portfolio of their work which will probably include some of their GCSE coursework. Each candidate will be asked to do some practical work as part of the scholarship examination and should also expect to be asked questions about the work of designers who have influenced their own design ideas.

Awards, of up to 50% of the fees, will be made to those applicants who demonstrate, via competitive examination and practical evidence, both innovative flair and the potential to excel.

Drama Awards (16+)

The audition will comprise a variety of different dramatic exercises. Each candidate will be asked to prepare and perform a two minute monologue of their choice and will also be asked to respond spontaneously to a given stimulus. In addition there will be a short interview in which candidates will be asked about the plays in which they have been involved and about the type of drama and the playwrights that they enjoy.

The maximum award given to scholars will be 50% of the fees and the maximum award to exhibitioners will be 25% of the fees.

Successful candidates will be expected to support the Drama department very positively and participate in all appropriate productions. Candidates interested in stage management, lighting and sound will also be considered.

Equestrian Scholarships (9+ to 16+ )

Equestrian scholarships will be available to candidates who ride in the school team and are dependent on the level of riding ability. All riders must be able to adhere to the National Schools' Equestrian Association (NSEA) rules and regulations for the relevant age group.

There are three levels of awards available as follows:

  • 20% : Candidates must be riding for an official Pony Club team at a recognised level.
  • 30% : Candidates must be competing regularly at either BS (British Show Jumping), BD (British Dressage) or BE (British Eventing) level.
  • 50% : Candidates should be riding at either:
    • a) as part of BYRDS (British Young Riders Dressage Scheme)
    • b) at BS (British Show Jumping) 1.20m, or part of the Junior Training Squad
    • c) at BE (British Eventing) at Novice level or above

Candidates will be required to attend an assessment and, if successful, will be expected to support the equestrian team very positively and participate in all appropriate events.

Music Awards (9+ to 1 6 + )

These will be awarded on the basis of an audition, voice and aural test and an interview with the Director of Music and members of the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Candidates at 9+, 11+, 13+ and 14+ will be asked to offer two instruments, one of which should be an orchestral instrument. If younger candidates are unable to do this, then a voice test should be offered as an alternative. Candidates will be expected to have achieved a specific standard, dependent on their age and will be required to perform at least two different pieces of music on each instrument and be prepared to talk about the pieces they perform.

Candidates at 16+ will be asked to offer two instruments, one of which should be an orchestral instrument. At this level candidates are expected to have gained Grade 6 on at least one instrument or voice.

A balanced programme of at least two pieces including music from two different musical eras is expected and candidates should be prepared to talk about the pieces they perform.

The maximum award given to scholars will be 50% of the fees. The maximum award to exhibitioners will be 20% of the fees.

Successful candidates will be expected to support the life of the Music department whole-heartedly and participate enthusiastically in orchestras, choirs and ensembles, as appropriate.

Performing Arts Awards ( 13+ and 14+ )

These awards are open to candidates who excel in at least two of the following disciplines:

  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music (including singing)

Candidates will be asked to perform two pieces of prepared material in their two disciplines. They will be interviewed and may be asked to perform some unprepared exercises.

The maximum award given to scholars will be 50% of the fees and the maximum award to exhibitioners will be 25% of the fees.

Successful candidates will be expected to support the Performing Arts department very positively and participate in all appropriate productions and activities.

Sport Awards (9+, 11+, 13 +, 14+ & 16+)

Candidates at all levels should offer a range of sporting talents. These can include Athletics, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby or Tennis. Candidates of all age groups should be able to provide evidence of success in competitions and events.

Candidates at 9+ should be able to demonstrate good levels of co-ordination, fitness and decision making and display enthusiasm for a range of sporting activities.

Candidates at 11+ should be playing at club level in at least one sport and show a committed attitude to further participation outside the minimum 'A' team school level sport.

Candidates at 13+ and 14+ are expected to have been selected for county/regional level sport, if appropriate, and be playing at club level in at least one school sport.

Candidates at 16+ may either offer a specific sport such as Athletics, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby or Tennis or a range of sporting talents. At this level candidates are expected to have represented their county in at least one sport in the current academic year.

Candidates will be asked to perform a number of practical tests in their chosen sports and to undergo a fitness assessment.

The maximum award given to scholars will be 50% of the fees and the maximum award to exhibitioners will be 25% of the fees.

Successful candidates will be expected to represent the school in teams, which reflect their personal expertise and to support, enthusiastically, the sporting life of the school.

Swimming Awards (9+ to 16+ )

Swimming Scholarships are awarded to candidates who swim in the school squad and are dependent on the level of times gained. There are different awards for individual county, regional and national times:

  • 20% awards are made on the basis of achieving a minimum of 8 County times.
  • 30% awards are made on the basis of achieving a minimum of 5 Regional times.
  • 50% awards are made on the basis of achieving a minimum of 3 National times.

Candidates who join the school with a 20% award almost always progress to a higher award as they improve their standards.

Successful candidates will be expected to support the swimming squad very positively and participate in all appropriate events.

Visual Arts Awards : Art / Photography (9+, 11+, 13+ & 16+)

9+ Art candidates should bring a portfolio containing a selection of work they have completed at school and will be required to complete a short drawing activity on an imaginative theme.

11+ Art candidates should bring with them:

  • Portfolio with a minimum 4 pieces of work, with additional work done independently, if they wish.
  • A sketchbook, showing development of ideas and work from primary sources.

The interview procedure in school will include a 30 minute observation drawing exercise set prior to the interview.

13+, 14 & 16+ Art candidates should bring with them:

  • A portfolio of minimum 6 pieces of work together with samples of independent work.
  • A sketchbook, giving a clear indication of the development of ideas and work from primary sources.
  • An example of an artist's work that interests them or has inspired their own work, and be prepared to talk about them

The interview procedure will include a 1-hour observation drawing exercise will be set in school prior to the interview.

14+ & 16+ Photography candidates should bring with them:

  • A portfolio of colour and black & white prints (minimum 6 images covering different subject matter and different formats)
  • An example of a photographer's work that interests them or who has inspired their own work.

Candidates will also be required to complete a set photographic task, to be undertaken prior to interview.

The maximum award given to scholars will be 50% of the fees and the maximum award to exhibitioners will be 25% of the fees.

Head's Awards

These will be awarded at the Head's discretion and are subject to close scrutiny. They can be awarded to those who fulfil one or more of the criteria below:

Support for a candidate who, for some reason, missed the scholarship examinations, but fulfils the criteria of excellence outlined in the scholarship categories.

An existing member of the school who, performs exceptionally well in GCSE examinations, in order to enable him/her to move into the Sixth Form.

An existing member of the school who has obtained excellent marks in class and then performs extremely well in end of year examinations.

Conditions for those who accept awards at Saint Felix

  • i. All those in receipt of awards will be expected to play a full part in the life of the school and to work to the best of their ability.
  • ii. Anyone who fails to maintain the standards expected of a scholar or exhibitioner may, after due warning and having been given time to improve performance, have his/her scholarship withdrawn.
  • iii. Those offered awards at 9+ will retain them until they leave the Prep Department, subject to points i. and ii. above.
  • iv. Those offered scholarships and exhibitions at 11+, 13+ and 14+ will retain them until the end of their GCSE course, subject to points i. and ii. above.
  • v. Sixth Form scholarships extend throughout the two-year Sixth Form course.

The number of scholarships and exhibitions awarded at each age group will reflect the calibre of the candidates who sit the examinations, auditions and trials.

Bursaries

A bursary may only be granted to parents of a current pupil who experience temporary financial difficulties in paying the fees. All applications for bursary assistance must be discussed with the Head in the first instance. A means test form has to be completed by all applicants and an established formula is used to work out the maximum percentage discount that can be offered parents.

Parent/Grandparent Remissions for siblings

No discount for first and second child, 15% for the third child and 85% for the fourth.

Remissions for children of staff

These are available to children or grandchildren of staff after they have been in employment for 12 months and providing there is room in the appropriate year group. These are not automatic remissions but discretionary ones. 25% for full-time staff and pro-rata for part-time staff.

Remissions for the children of Old Felicians

A 5% remission is given to the children of Old Felicians.

Remissions for Service families

An agreed percentage is given to service families.

Sixth Form Loyalty Remission

The Sixth Form Loyalty Remission amounts to a 2.5% remission for each complete year of study students have completed at the school, from the Dragons' Nursery up to and including Upper V (Year 11).

All students currently in Upper V (Year 11) will receive this remission which will apply for the two years spent in the Sixth Form; however, the time in Lower VI (Year 12) will not count as an additional year towards the fees for Upper VI (Year 13).

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