At entry into Year 7, the School offers Academic, Art, Drama/Performing Arts, Music and Sports (Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Skiing) Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded irrespective of family income. The Principal’s Award is allocated at the discretion of the Principal.
Please complete the Year 7 Scholarship Application form and return it, together with any additional information required, clearly labelled with the applicant’s name by post to the Admissions Office, Surbiton High School, 13-15 Surbiton Crescent, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2JT. Applications must be received by the deadline of 1 November, the year before entry.
Yes, your daughter may apply for more than one scholarship and fee remissions may be combined with bursary awards. If she performs exceptionally well in more than one scholarship assessment, she may be considered for the Principal's Award (see below). Please note that candidates cannot apply for the Principal's Award.
Scholarships are awarded from Year 7 to Year 11 of Senior School and will be reviewed on an annual basis. Candidates will then have the opportunity to apply for Sixth Form Scholarships in Year 11. Scholars are expected to have full and active participation in their area of excellence for the duration of their time at School.
Girls awarded an Academic Scholarship will be expected to take part in appropriately directed academic pursuits throughout the year and, at the end of each year, to perform on average in the top 25% of the year group in internal examinations.
Terms and Conditions of Awards - Year 7 Scholarships
All candidates who sit the entrance examination on the published examination date will be considered for an Academic Scholarship. For entry in September 2018, the entrance examination will be held on the morning of Thursday 4 January 2018. Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance across entrance examination papers and School report.
Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend a scholarship assessment. These are held on the afternoon of Thursday 4 January 2018, after the entrance examination. We can provide lunch for those girls who are being assessed in the afternoon, or you may collect your daughter after the entrance examination and return her to School for the assessment in the afternoon.
Your daughter will need to demonstrate a high level of talent in Art and Design, well above the normal level of ability for their age. We would expect candidates to be able to talk enthusiastically about their work and show ability and skill in more than one area with the ability to progress, experiment and genuinely enjoy spending time making art. Your daughter should be able to talk freely about art and artists, citing examples, give insightful answers to questions without having been rehearsed. With her application form, please submit a portfolio of her work, produced at home or school during the last year clearly labelled with her name and a report from her Art teacher by 1 November.
Download guidance on the content of portfolios.
Drama/Performing Art Scholarships are awarded to talented performers willing to take full advantage of all opportunities to participate in the dramatic or performing arts at School. The application and audition process are the same for both strands of the Drama/Performing Arts scholarship.
In order to apply, your daughter should submit a letter of application to the Head of Admissions. Please include any relevant performance experience and/or successes and a report or reference from a Drama, Dance or English teacher to support the application. Subject to submission of a successful application, shortlisted applicants will be invited to an audition.
There are two parts to the audition: a group workshop and a solo performance. The workshop involves a range of practical activities and does not require any preparation. The solo performance must be prepared in advance and should be approximately 2 – 3 minutes in length.
- Drama applicants should prepare a monologue from a published play text
- Performing Arts candidates should prepare either a dance piece in their preferred dance style or a musical theatre piece
Scholarships are offered based solely on performance in the audition. The Performing Arts require focus, discipline, creativity and passion, not just talent; therefore, we look at creating, performing and responding in the audition as well as attitude and approach.
There are no requirements in terms of acting, dance or musical theatre grades for application.
Music Scholars should demonstrate exceptional musical talent and are expected to participate fully in the musical life of the School. Your daughter should have reached Grade 5 (minimum) on her principal instrument by the date of the entrance exam in January. With the application form, please submit a report from her Music teacher for each instrument. There will be an audition for shortlisted candidates in which your daughter should be prepared to play two contrasting pieces on her principal instrument. She should also be prepared to sight read on her principal instrument and take an aural test. After the audition, there will be an informal interview to discuss her musical activities, interests and achievements.
An accompanist can be provided if a copy of the music, clearly labelled, is submitted by Friday 1 December 2017, but it will not be possible to rehearse with the accompanist before the audition. A room will be available 20 minutes before the audition to warm up. Music Scholars are expected to participate in two Surbiton High School ensembles when in Year 7 and 8 and progress to leadership in a third ensemble in Years 9 to 11. In addition, Scholars would also be expected to perform at evening events.
Scholarships are available for the following sports and candidates are welcome to submit applications for more than one sport should they wish:
Candidates should have reached the following level in each sport to be eligible to apply for a sports scholarship:
- Hockey: Club Hockey player for at least a year
- Netball: Club Netball player for at least a year
- Tennis: Competition results must be strong enough for a top 20 U12 County ranking by the time they join SHS
- Gymnastics: Club member competing at regional level
- Skiing: Member of a recognised Ski race club
Upon acceptance of a scholarship, girls are expected to fulfil the following criteria for each sport:
Sports scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate potential and excellence in gymnastics.
It is the expectation that gymnastics scholars will:
- Attend all scheduled school training sessions/camps
- Inform the Director of Sport prior to training of any illness / injury / absence
- Perform/compete for the school team when selected
- Prioritise school commitments over external ones (any potential date clashes should be identified ASAP in order for us to accommodate this if possible)
- Maintain good physical fitness
- Display a professional attitude towards their sport and be a good role model
- Remain a member of a club whilst an Surbiton High School scholar
Girls will be expected to attend training and compete for the school, including weekends, when selected to do so. These competitions are compulsory:
- England Hockey Affiliated Competition
- Surrey, South and National Championships
- Independent Schools Cup Competition
Successful candidates will be expected to meet the following criteria:
- Be committed to the netball programme and demonstrate consistency of participation, including training sessions
- Available for all major competitions throughout the season and compete for the school when selected
- Prioritise school commitments above external ones (any clash of dates must be highlighted as soon as possible to Head of Netball so that discussions can take place. We will try and accommodate where possible)
- Inform your coach of any internal school clashes well in advance
- Inform your coach prior to training of any injury / illness / absence
- Must belong to an external netball club for the duration of the Surbiton High School scholarship
- Demonstrate a professional attitude toward their sport
- Take on a leadership/organisational role within the team
- Be a role model amongst your peers
Demonstration of the above qualities and standards must be shown as soon as the scholarship is awarded and must continue whilst a student at Surbiton High School.
An expectation of our ski scholar at Surbiton High School has two dimensions. On a personal level, it means the student needs to be constantly setting goals to maximizing their skiing abilities and promoting a mentality to want to excel, understanding that the more they are challenged, the better they will become. The scholar must be prepared to put a lot more time into skill acquisition and mastery than the normal athlete and must always look at the bigger picture and know how to handle small failures and/or successes along the way.
From the Club’s and School's perspective, and very importantly, the ski scholar at Surbiton High School is an ambassador of the school and will show good sportsmanship and behave professionally both on and off the slope. The ski scholar will be expected to attend all school training and be available for school competitions. Our scholar will also be expected to attend weekly training and fitness schedules inside and out of school tying in personal and School expectations. The scholar must be a member of a club and already on the race circuit following a personal training and race programme.
Girls will be expected to attend training and compete for the school, including weekends, when selected to do so. Tennis is the priority sport and if there is a clash between sports, Tennis comes first.
If you feel your daughter meets this criteria, then the next stage is to complete a portfolio, including as much information as possible:
- School level representation/competition competed and placed at club level/representative level/amount of training/ranking/awards gained
- References from PE Teacher and sports coaches
- Portfolios are not rated on how many pictures/certificates/medals are displayed, we look for the quality of performance
Shortlisting and Assessment
- Heads of Sport read each portfolio and if required, will visit during school or club level competitions to see your daughter in action
- Shortlisted applicants are invited to partake in an assessment afternoon. Shortlisted candidates will be sent further information about the afternoon nearer to the assessment date
- Pupils may be asked to complete stamina and skill based tests in isolation, in small competitive situations and normal game play. Staff will engage with pupils on a one-to-one basis but a formal interview will not be conducted
The Principal's Award is allocated by the Principal to a candidate who has achieved an exceptional level in the Entrance Examination as well as one or more additional scholarship disciplines. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview with the Principal and Head of Senior School. Please note that candidates cannot apply for the Principal's Award.
We offer a limited number of means-tested Church Schools Foundation Bursaries at entry to Year 7. These are awarded from Year 7 to Year 11 and are reviewed annually. Please note that Bursary applications for combined incomes over £70,000 may not be considered.
There is also a percentage reduction in the fees for daughters of full time members of the Clergy. Fees are discounted by 5% for the second sibling and 10% for the third and any subsequent siblings who attend any of the three Surbiton High Schools at the same time.
Application forms should be submitted before 1 November.
Download Church Schools Foundation Bursary Application Form
Download Clergy Bursary Application Form