Entrance & Scholarships

Entrance Examinations usually take place on the last Saturday in January. Any external students applying for an 11+ Scholarship must take an Entrance Exam. Please complete an enquiry form to ensure that you receive communications about entrance examinations.

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Scholarship Awards at 16+ (Lower Sixth) are dependent on GCSE results and therefore do not require the candidate to sit an entrance exam.

Applicants for other Year Groups in the Senior School can also attend the Entrance Examinations in January, or alternatively the assessment can be arranged on an ad-hoc basis.

Scholarships

Exceptional ability is celebrated at Wellingborough, and the highly prized title of Scholar is one way in which talent is recognised. A Scholar is a pupil who contributes to the whole of School life, shows outstanding ability and commitment in a specific discipline, and is dedicated to their own progress whilst supporting the aims of the area in which they excel.

A Scholarship is applied for by the pupil, not the parent, and there is a rigorous selection process including an interview. The title Scholar is accompanied by a small monetary award – up to £100 per year in Years 7 to 11 and up to £200 per year in the Sixth Form, which is accessed by the Scholar writing to the Headmaster during the School year explaining how they would like to spend the money. The expectation is that it will be spent on something relevant to the area in which the pupil is a Scholar

Academic

11+ (Year 7)

Any candidate (including internal candidates) that would like to be considered for an Academic Scholarship should complete the application form at the bottom of the page. Following entrance examination results, candidates suitable for consideration for an academic scholarship will be invited for interview with the Headmaster.

16+ (Lower Sixth)

16+ Academic Scholarship may be awarded following examination and interview to candidates who show academic excellence and whose prospects are judged to be outstanding. Candidates must choose one compulsory paper and one additional paper from the selection below:

Compulsory Paper: Mathematics (Calculator & Non-Calculator) or English Language

Additional Paper: Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Latin, Physics, Spanish or Religious Studies

In addition, a piece of fully referenced independent research of 2,000 words in an applicant’s chosen academic area, going beyond the current GCSE study, must be presented to the panel.

16+ (Lower Sixth) Sample Papers

Biology Chemistry English Language English Literature French

Geography History Latin Mathematics (Calculator)

Mathematics (Non-Calculator) Physics Spanish

Art & Photography

11+ (Year 7) & 16+ (Lower Sixth)

Candidates for an Art & Photography Scholarship should present a ‘portfolio’ for inspection. The ‘portfolio’ should contain as broad a range of work as possible – work in 2D and 3D in any media. Very large work can be represented by large, clear photographs. At 16+ there is no limit to how much work is produced. We shall look for well developed recording skills, sensitive use of colour, creative use of media, three dimensional understanding where appropriate and some critical/historical awareness and knowledge. We are interested in conceptual development and at least some of the work must have evidence of personal things and ideas. Successful candidates are expected to play a full part in the life of the Art Department, so must demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm and commitment to the visual arts.

Please note: ‘Portfolio’ refers to a collection of work, both two and three dimensional. It does not imply the purchase of an expensive container for the work. Two dimensional work might be presented in a simple paper folder; three dimensional work in cardboard boxes, but these should be labelled clearly with the candidate’s name and address and school name and address.

Any award of an 11+ (Year 7) Sports Scholarship will be subject to passing the Entrance Examination. An award of a 16+ (Lower Sixth) Art & Photography Scholarship will be subject to GCSE results.

Drama

11+ (Year 7) & 16+ (Lower Sixth)

Each student applying will prepare a modern age/contemporary piece of their choice. This should be learned and delivered in no more than a five minute long performance. The student should provide a copy of the piece for the panel. For the second stage of the process, the applicant will be given a short Shakespeare piece with specific directorial notes. The applicant will have 20 minutes to prepare the piece (but not learn) before performing in front of the panel for the second time. There will be an interview with the panel when students should discuss their chosen piece and demonstrate their passion for Drama. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for interview with the Headmaster. The Scholarship panel will be comprised of Drama staff from Preparatory and Senior School and one independent observer with connections to the discipline.

Any award of an 11+ (Year 7) Drama Scholarship will be subject to passing the Entrance Examination. An award of a 16+ (Lower Sixth) Drama Scholarship will be subject to GCSE results.

Music

11+ (Year 7)

An audition should be prepared for in the same way as one would prepare for a public performance. It is always better to play an easier piece well than it is to give a less successful performance of a harder piece. A candidate’s instrument or voice teacher should be consulted and involved in the process as early as possible. Teachers should also be asked to provide references (see the application form). Candidates are expected to show evidence of excellent musical ability, musical skill and potential for this age range. They are likely to have already achieved their first few instrumental grades and already be making music regularly outside of their individual instrumental lessons. In the audition, candidates should be prepared to perform two contrasting pieces of at around Grade 3 standard on their first instrument. A second instrument may be offered at whatever level has been attained. Candidates will also be given aural and sight-reading tests. Each audition will include a brief interview in which the candidate will be asked about his or her musical enthusiasms and experience.

Any award of an 11+ (Year 7) Music Scholarship will be subject to passing the Entrance Examination.

16+ (Lower Sixth)

An audition should be prepared for in the same way as one would prepare for a public performance. It is always better to play an easier piece well than it is to give a less successful performance of a harder piece. A candidate’s instrument or voice teacher should be consulted and involved in the process as early as possible. Teachers should also be asked to provide references (see the application form). Candidates are expected to have exceptional musical ability and potential. They are likely to be enthusiastic members of choirs and instrumental groups and to be working towards GCSE Music. The School may recognise a candidate’s ability and potential contribution to School music. In the audition, candidates should be prepared to perform two contrasting pieces of at around Grade 8 standard on their first instrument. A second instrument may be offered at whatever level has been attained. Candidates will also be given aural and sight-reading tests. Each audition will also include a brief interview in which the candidate will be asked about his or her musical enthusiasms and experience.

An award of a 16+ (Lower Sixth) Music Scholarship will be subject to GCSE results.

Sport

11+ (Year 7) & 16+ (Lower Sixth)

Sports Scholarship Assessments are organised to test a number of different attributes required for the major games of the School. The candidate’s performance in a series of skill-based practical sessions will be observed to gauge competence. This will be developed further with the opportunity to participate in a competitive setting. These sessions are designed to allow candidates the opportunity to demonstrate the best of their abilities in a challenging and rewarding environment. Various components of fitness will be measured and assessed through recognised testing methods.

Requirements of Sport Scholarship Applicants:

  • You should be of County/Regional standard, or equivalent, in a minimum of one, preferably two, of our major games.
  • Consideration may be given to candidates who demonstrate outstanding athletic potential, which can be developed during a pupil’s time at Wellingborough.
  • In exceptional circumstances, we may consider candidates with sporting excellence outside of our major games.

Our Major Games:

Boys: Rugby, Football and Cricket

Girls: Hockey, Netball, Cricket and/or Tennis

Any award of an 11+ (Year 7) Sports Scholarship will be subject to passing the Entrance Examination. An award of a 16+ (Lower Sixth) Sports Scholarship will be subject to GCSE results.

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