Scholarship opportunities at Shebbear College.
A scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit to pupils who can demonstrate above average ability. Scholarship awards are made only to the most outstanding candidates. The College offers Academic, All-Rounder, Music, Art, Drama and Sport scholarships into the three main Senior entry points: Year 7, Year 9 and the Lower Sixth.
In the event of the amount of a scholarship award being insufficient to enable the pupil to take up the place offered, parents are able to apply for a means tested bursary which can increase the reduction of the day and boarding fee.
Academic scholarships at 11+ and 13+ are awarded on the basis of examination performance. In the Sixth Form, scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding GCSE results and interview. Scholarships awarded are fixed at the same level throughout the pupil’s career at the College but are subject to the scholar maintaining a satisfactory level of work and academic progress. Scholarships are re-valued at Sixth Form.
Shebbear’s Art Department provides a lively and stimulating environment where pupils can explore and develop their creative skills. The department is looking for individuals who genuinely enjoy, and are excited by, being creative. Potential scholars are expected to have a portfolio and sketchbooks that demonstrate a personal commitment to the subject and natural potential. It is expected that scholars will exhibit their work annually.
Shebbear College offers a breadth of opportunity in both academic and extra-curricular activities. Potential All-Rounder scholars are expected to make above average academic progress and be able to demonstrate excellence in at least one area of the College curriculum, notably Sport, Drama or Music. It is expected that All-Rounder scholars will contribute to all areas of College life. Excellence in other areas may be taken into consideration if reports and certificates (where appropriate) are presented.
Shebbear College offers Drama Scholarships at 11+ and 13+ only. Scholars are expected to play a full part in school drama, including acting, stage and costume design and directing, and to work towards achieving an A* grade at GCSE.
Music plays a central role in the life of the College and the contribution of its Music scholars is highly valued. Scholars are expected to have specialised in one area of musical study; at Sixth Form potential music scholars are expected to be working towards Grade 8 in their main instrument, at Year 9 scholars to be working towards Grade 5 and at Year 7 towards Grade 3, as well as being able to demonstrate excellence in performance. It is expected that 11+ and 13+ scholars take Music GCSE and that all scholars participate fully in the musical life of the school.
The College prides itself on the standard of sport offered and the high levels of performance that pupils can achieve. Scholarships are awarded at 11+ and 13+ following formal assessment by the Head of PE. Sixth Form Scholarships are awarded when outstanding sporting ability has been proven. It is expected that sporting scholars are available to represent the College in all major sports at the direction of the Head of Boys’ and the Head of Girls’ Games.