Scholarships and Awards

Various scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry levels for strong candidates, whether boarders or day pupils.  Academic Scholarships are awarded on consideration of entrance examination results, interview and school report.

Academic Scholarships 11+, 13+ and 16+
Music Scholarships 11+, 13+ and 16+
Sport/Dance Scholarships 11+, 13+ and 16+
Creative Arts Scholarships 13+ and 16+

Music Scholarships

  • At 11+, pupils are expected to have reached Grade 4 standard or show evidence of outstanding potential
  • At 13+, Grade 6
  • At 16+, Grade 8

At the audition, girls will be invited to play two contrasting pieces of music on their first instrument (or voice), with an optional piece on a second instrument (or voice). There will also be aural and sight-reading tests.  In addition, candidates should also be prepared to answer general questions regarding their music interest, e.g. composing, harmony, concerts, instruments, choirs and orchestras.  Successful candidates will be expected to play a full part in extra-curricular music.

All Music Scholarships are dependent upon weekly attendance at school musical activities, to be agreed, and participation in school concerts, etc. Candidates and their parents are respectfully advised that it is a condition of all music scholarships that scholars receive principal study of instrumental tuition from a member of Monmouth School for Girls music staff.  Exceptions are made for post Grade 8 students who wish to study with an Associate Professor of one of the British Conservatoires or who attend the junior departments of Conservatoires.

Sport/Dance Scholarships

Applications for Sports Scholarships should be made by letter to the Headmistress.  Students will be invited to spend a day with the school’s Department of Physical Education.  The programme will allow applicants to see all the facilities and to be assessed across a range of the major sports offered at Monmouth School for Girls. Students need to come prepared to participate in any of the following – netball, lacrosse, hockey, swimming, athletics and dance.

Students offered a Sports Scholarship will be expected to exhibit the following:

  • Excellent aptitude for sport in general.
  • Particular strength in two or more sports,
  • The commitment to attend lunchtime and after school practices and training sessions,
  • The wish to represent the school in at least two sports,
  • The willingness to be available for regular fixtures on weekdays and weekends.

To support their application, students should bring a portfolio of their sporting achievements, awards, successes, press coverage, etc.

Candidates wishing to be considered for dance must have strength in one or more dance disciplines and have a desire to extend their breadth of genres. Applicants will be expected to participate in an audition process. This will consist of a warm-up, technical study, flexibility exercises, improvisation tasks and a performance, prepared in advance, of a solo of approximately 1.5 to 2 minutes. This can be in any style or combination of styles, showing individuality and creativity.

Selection will be based on performance, aptitude and potential.

To support their applications, students should bring a portfolio of their dance achievements e.g.  awards, successes, press coverage, etc. and must include a summary of their dance experience and a personal statement.

Applicants offered dance scholarships will be expected to:

  • Attend a breadth of weekly dance lessons and clubs,
  • Take annual awards and/or examinations,
  • Give full commitment to school dance shows, productions and other performances and dance events,
  • Show outstanding attitude to all aspects of dance.

Creative Arts Scholarships

Application should be made by letter to the Headmistress.  These scholarships recognise that students may have an interest across the range of creative subjects, including aspects of art and drama, and so the format of the scholarship day may vary.

Drama

Students will be invited to join a drama lesson.  In addition, there will be a short group interview. Students may also be asked to sing or demonstrate their dance ability depending on the area of interest.  Students awarded a scholarship will be expected to promote the work of the Drama Department.

Art

Students will be invited to spend a morning or afternoon in the Art Department.  Applicants will need to bring a selection of observational drawings, ideally using a range of media, monochrome and colour. Examples may be arranged in a portfolio or within a sketchbook.  Other work may comprise:

  • Painting (using a range of materials and techniques) on different supports
  • Printmaking
  • Collage
  • Graphic design projects
  • Photography
  • Ceramics (bulky objects may be photographed)
  • Sculpture

Students should be prepared to take part in a drawing exercise which will be prepared and introduced by a member of staff.  Students will also be expected to discuss their work during a short interview.

Students awarded a scholarship should expect to study GCSE or AS Fine Art or Ceramics, as appropriate.