Scholarships & Bursaries
At 11+ (Year 7) there are Academic, Music, Art and Sport Scholarships available each year, worth up to 10% of the current tuition fees. Additionally, Music Scholarships cover the cost of tuition in one instrument, provided that tuition is taken at Tormead. We also cover the cost of a second instrument within our “Endangered Instruments Scheme”. Music Scholars who are currently learning, or who wish to choose to start lessons on Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Double Bass or Trombone will have the cost of these lessons covered by the school, where the lessons are taken in school.
A Music Exhibition may also be awarded. There is no reduction in school fees, but an Exhibition does cover the cost of instrument tuition provided that the tuition takes place at school.
All Scholarships are reviewed annually and are tenable for the whole of a girl’s time at Tormead, subject to our satisfaction with her overall effort and attitude towards her studies. Award-holders are expected to remain at Tormead until they have completed their A Level examinations.
Candidates are assessed for Academic Scholarships on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination. All candidates are therefore automatically considered and there are no separate scholarship papers.
In order to be considered for an Art Scholarship, candidates must submit a collection of their recent Artwork and/or a selection of their sketch books on the day of the entrance examination. Short-listed candidates will be invited back to talk about their artwork with members of the department, and to sit a one-hour drawing test.
In order to be considered for a Music Scholarship, candidates should be approximately Grade 4/5 standard on their principal instrument and show evidence of attainment on a second instrument. Auditions will normally be held in the week following the entrance examination. Candidates will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces of music on their principal instrument and one piece on their second. There will be aural and sight reading tests, together with a short interview. Evidence of composition, whether played or written down, may be an advantage. Holders of Music Scholarships are expected to contribute wholeheartedly to at least three extra-curricular music groups in the school.
In order to be considered for a Sport Scholarship, candidates must submit a sporting cv. Short-listed candidates will be invited back for an assessment day.
As an academically selective school, an offer of a place is based on the results of the entrance tests along with a reference from the pupil’s current school if applicable.
Assessment for Reception takes place in November. Assessment takes the form of a party and the girls are observed by several members of staff as they do simple tasks and interact with each other. This assessment takes an hour.
Year 3 (7+)
The assessments take place in early January. The assessments for Year 3 involve testing in Mathematics, English and Reasoning. There are several parts to the tests, such as story writing, reading, spelling etc, and the children will be with us all morning.
Year 7 (11+)
Candidates sit entrance examinations comprising English, Mathematics and Reasoning papers. Candidates are not interviewed but references and/or reports are obtained from each pupil’s current school.
Sixth Form (16+)
Entrants are normally expected to have a minimum of eight GCSE passes with at least 5 at grade A or above, with an A grade recommended for those subjects to be studied in Sixth Form. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Cherry Scott, for more information.
Conditional offers for a Sixth Form place are based upon a series of interviews with the candidate and a report from their current school, in the year preceding entry.