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Scholarship awards are honorary and are highly valued by universities and future employers.

A wealth of enrichment and extension activities are available to all girls at MSJ including:

  • Lectures, forums and inspirational speakers
  • Competitions and essay prizes
  • Somerville Suppers and debates for senior scholars
  • Leadership positions
  • University and Oxbridge preparation programme

In addition, scholars will be offered a range of bespoke opportunities with considerable value, including:

  • Mentoring and further extending skills
  • Coaching
  • Masterclasses and workshops
  • Trips and visits
  • Regular specialist meetings

Scholarships and Founders' Awards Brochure

For September 2018 entry, Scholarships will carry a fee remission of up to 10% for Senior School Scholarships. The final award will be considered alongside any other bursaries and remissions, the combined total of which will not exceed 40% of fees. For September 2018 entry, Sixth Form Scholarships may carry a fee remission subject to means testing. 

All Scholarships are awarded for as long as the student remains at the School, provided that her progress and conduct are excellent.

Malvern St James Scholars are expected to:

  • make a significant contribution to all areas of School life
  • participate actively in all events relating to their specialism
  • identify ways in which they can use their talents to contribute to the wider School community
  • demonstrate leadership and initiative
  • work as ambassadors for the relevant subject area, both in and out of School
  • contribute to the extra-curricular activities in the School
  • perform at a very high standard in their specialist area, showing exemplary commitment and dedication

Applicants should have considerable potential; ideally, they will already be achieving the best possible marks in their respective fields, whether academic or practical. In addition, applicants should be outstanding role models for other girls.

For Academic Scholarships, as part of the application procedure, girls are required to take a written paper in three of the subjects intended for study at Advanced Level and a General Assessment Paper.

Girls whose first language is not English are also required to take an English as an Additional Language (EAL) paper. Entrance Examinations can be taken from the October prior to the year of entry to the School.

Year 7 Scholarships

Year 7 Scholarships are awarded for excellence in the following specialist areas: Academic, Art, Music and Sports.

Year 9

Year 9 Scholarships are awarded for excellence in the following specialist areas: Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Riding, Sports and Technology.

Sixth Form

Sixth Form Scholarships are awarded for excellence in the following specialist areas: Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Riding, Sports and Technology.

Girls will study at least three A Levels during their time in the Sixth Form alongside a fourth AS subject and / or an EPQ or equivalent. There is the opportunity for very able girls to study four A Levels.

Application and Timings

All applications for the Sixth Form Scholarships 2018 entry need to be received by Friday 27th October 2017. Scholarship assessments will take place on the 21st November 2017 with interviews commencing from Monday 4th December 2017. The Scholarship results will be announced in December 2017.

All applications for the Senior School Scholarships 2018 entry need to be received by Thursday 30th November. The Scholarships will take place on Monday 15th January 2018 to Wednesday 17th January 2018.

Please use the Application For Scholarships and Founders' Awards form

Academic Scholarship

The Malvern St James Academic Scholar:

- has high aspirations for her own education and career
- extends her studies beyond the classroom in creative and independent ways
- willingly shares her understanding and her ideas with others

Applicants should:

- show originality in their thinking
- be capable of challenging others’ ideas in constructive ways
- Sixth Form: be predicted A and A* grades at GCSE or equivalent

Academic Scholarship Assessment:

Year 7 and 9:

Stage 1

- General Assessment Paper
- Extended Mathematics Paper (1 hour)
- Extended English Paper (1 hour)

Stage 2

- A shortlist of applicants will be then invited to a panel interview

Sixth Form:

Stage 1

- General Assessment Paper
- Written papers in three subjects intended for study at Advanced Level

Stage 2

- A shortlist of applicants will be then invited to a panel interview

Art Scholarship

In the first instance, applicants should submit a Portfolio of no more than ten pieces to the Head of Art and Design. Successful applicants will then be invited for Art Scholarship assessment, and will need to bring further work to discuss at Panel Interview.

The Malvern St James Art Scholar:

Year 7 and 9:

- promotes and supports all Art Department events e.g. Open Mornings, Arts Week, Junior School Art Exhibitions.
- studies GCSE Art in Years 10 and 11 and possibly beyond.

Sixth Form:

- promotes and supports all Art Department events, e.g. Open Mornings, Arts Week, Sixth Form Experience and Art Exhibitions
- devises and implements, in discussion with the Head of Subject, a programme of activities to run as a Senior School Art Club
- studies A Level Art and will possibly pursue Art as a career option

Applicants should:

An MSJ Art scholar should have an overwhelming passion for the subject and pursue this passion both in and outside of school and have expectations to carry the subject on to GCSE level or higher. Their interests in Fine Art and / or Textiles should span both the practical elements of the subject and the contextual areas, with knowledge of artists and designers both past and present. They should also have a strong eye for line, form and tone and be able to exhibit this with well executed observational drawing.

Art Scholarship Assessment:

Year 7 and 9:

- Submit an initial portfolio of work containing no more than 10 sheets of recent work showing their ability in a range of media. This can include work completed both in and out of school, but must include some drawn or painted studies from direct observation.
- A shortlist will then be asked to bring their portfolio of work to a formal interview and complete a one and a half hour observational practical examination.

Sixth Form:

- Submit a strong portfolio of work to an interview panel which should exhibit their ability in a range of media. This should comprise of their GCSE coursework alongside more personal work. They will also complete a two hour observational practical examination.

Drama Scholarship

Scholars are involved with Drama productions and workshops, through performance, technical support and / or front of house. They also support School productions performed by other Year groups. They should study GCSE Drama in Years 10 and 11 and A Level in the Sixth form aiming to pursue Drama at Higher Education level, or possibly as a career option. It is highly recommended that the successful applicant take Speech and Drama lessons.

Drama Scholars should:

- Participate in the School Play or Musical as a Performer or Creative
- Participate in a Drama club
- Attend Open Mornings to support the subject
- Attend theatre trips and other invited occasions (eg workshops)
- Attend plays in the school from different year groups

Drama Scholars in Year 9 should:

• Study GCSE Drama in Year 10 and 11 and beyond
• Participate in the REP Drama Club

Drama Scholars in the Sixth Form should:

• Promote and support all Drama department events in the school
• Study A Level Drama within the curriculum
• Run or Support Drama Clubs for younger girls
• Possibly pursue Drama at Higher Education level or as a career option

Drama Scholarship Assessment:

Year 9
• Perform TWO audition pieces learnt by heart and no longer than two minutes each:
■ one from a choice offered by Malvern St James
■ one own choice taken from a published play
• Discuss the plays performed, the roles played and the Drama experience
• Provide a portfolio of Drama experience, demonstrating involvement and enjoyment of Drama
• Contribute to a group improvisation and write a short individual written response


Year 12
• Perform TWO audition pieces learnt by heart and no longer than two minutes each:
■ one from a choice offered by Malvern St James
■ one own choice taken from a published play
• Discuss the plays performed, the roles played and the Drama experience
• Provide a Drama CV
• Complete a written examination based on how to direct an extract from a text and the candidate’s
experience of live theatre

Depending on the number of candidates an initial shortlist may drawn up based on the criteria of what makes a Drama Scholar and looking at the portfolio and the experience of the candidate.

Music Scholarship

The Malvern St James Music Scholar:

- makes a positive contribution to the musical life of the School
- participates in concerts and musical events: Orchestra, Choir, Chamber Ensembles and Jazz Ensemble as appropriate
- attends all appropriate rehearsals and supports events
- studies GCSE Music in Years 10 and 11
- studies A Level Music in the Sixth Form

Applicants should:

- show considerable potential in their preferred instrument (or Singing)
- ideally offer two instruments for assessment; candidates with only one instrument are nevertheless encouraged to apply

Year 7:

- have reached  or be working towards ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 4 (or equivalent) in their first study and Grade 3 in their second study (either of which may be Singing)

Year 9:

- have reached ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 5 (or equivalent) in their first study and Grade 3 in their second study (either of which may be Singing)

Sixth Form:

- have reached The ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 6 or equivalent in their first study and Grade 4 in their second study (either of which may be Singing)
- take leadership positions within the music department
- help encourage other musicians in all areas of music making

Music Scholarship Assessment:

Candidates are free to perform a contrasting programme of their own choice. Those with an interest in composition are also encouraged to present a portfolio of original compositions and / or arrangements.

Requirements:

Year 7:

- First Study: play two pieces of at least Grade 4 standard and sight reading
- Second Study: play one piece of at least Grade 3 standard

Year 9:

- First Study: play two pieces of at least Grade 5 standard and sight reading
- Second Study: play one piece of at least Grade 3 standard

Sixth Form:

- Provide a Music CV
- First Study: play two pieces of at least Grade 6 standard and sight reading
- Second Study: play one piece of at least Grade 5 standard• Written Paper based on listening, theory and general musical knowledge
- Composition: three ideas for different types of pieces will be given, for candidates to select
one as the basis of a composition. Candidates will have access to a piano and / or computer
- Aural tests
- At each point of entry, candidates will take part in a panel interview

All candidates will rehearse with the School accompanist prior to the audition.

Riding Scholarship

The Malvern St James Riding Scholar:

- is available and committed to representing Malvern St James at School equestrian events
- encourages other riders within the School
- supports all MSJ Riding events

Applicants should:

Year 9:

- be of a very good competitive Riding standard and regularly participate in a range of organised events

Sixth Form:

- be of a very good, competitive Riding standard and regularly participate at Affiliated Events. A minimum level of British Eventing: 90cm / British Show Jumping Association: Discovery / British Dressage: Novice would be expected
- subscribe to a recognised body, e.g. Pony Club Branch or Centre, Riding Club, British Eventing, or similar
- submit a Portfolio of their Riding achievements on application. This could include confirmation of Pony Club tests, newspaper clippings, articles, photographs and video footage
- provide a reference from their District Commissioner or an Accredited Trainer, confirming regular attendance at Pony Club or Riding Club rallies and any team selection within the Pony Club

Riding Scholarship Assessment:

- Presentation of Portfolio of Riding achievements and competitions entered over the past 6 to 12 months, with evidence
- Demonstration of short video footage of candidate’s Riding skills
- Panel Interview

Sixth Form:

- Provide a Riding CV

Sports Scholarship

In the first instance, applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae of their sporting achievements. Successful applicants will then be invited in for Sports Scholarship assessment.

The Malvern St James Sports Scholar:

• Commits to sports practices and matches in her chosen sport/s
• Responds positively to guidance, works well in a team and is an outstanding ambassador for the School
• Studies GCSE PE in Years 10 and 11 and possibly beyond

Sixth Form

• Assists with coaching and development of other School sports players

Applicants should:

• Have an obvious interest in / aptitude for sport
• Be playing sports to a reasonably high level (at least County level for Year 9 and Sixth Form).  Preference will be given to those involved in one or more of the School’s representative sports
• Submit a Curriculum Vitae of their achievements on application. This should include a detailed reference from their Sports teacher / coach Sports Scholarship

Assessment

• Candidates must demonstrate a level of excellence in their chosen sport/s
• Practical assessment includes a fitness test, agility test and further sports skills, which may include hockey, netball, rounders, tennis and swimming*
• Panel interview

Sixth Form

• Provide a Sports CV
• Written Paper on the broader aspects of Physical Education

* Candidates are asked to bring appropriate clothing and equipment for the activities listed above

Technology Scholarship

As a Technology Scholar (Food) you will have an awareness, understanding and a keen interest in the food around us. You should appreciate the impact of food in the diet and society, but also how it is grown, reared or caught with an understanding relevant to your age. You should be able to talk about food and your passion for cooking both in lessons and in your spare time. Holding a position such as this means you want to further your understanding of food and cooking and so helping with younger girls during clubs would be desirable. Depending on your age it would be expected that you would want to continue your study of Food through the GCSE Food and Nutrition course (in Year 10) and/or the Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (in Year 12). 

As a Technology Scholar (Product Design) you need to have clear passion for an area of the subject design, designers, icons or a particular material area. You need to have a drive to complete a project to a high standard showing a quality finish showing resilience through the stages in designing and making. You will enjoy the subject out of the classroom through hobbies, craft activities, and extra curricular opportunities. Holding a position such as this means you want to further your understanding of product design and so helping with younger girls during clubs would be desirable. Depending on your age it would be expected that you would want to continue your study of Product Design through the GCSE course (in Year Ten) and/or the A Level (in Year Twelve).

Technology Scholarship Assessment:

Year 7:

- Written exam and practical assessment

Year 9:

- Written exam and practical assessment (including a portfolio for food)

Year 12:

- Provide a Technology CV
- Written exam and practical assessment involving a portfolio of work prepared beforehand