Scholarships awarded on entry to Year 7 are subject to the conditions contained in the original offer letter, providing all the conditions of the award are still valid. Applicants for Sixth Form are able to apply for additional Scholarships.
Please complete the Sixth Form Entry Scholarship Application Form and return it, together with the additional information required, clearly labelled with your name, to the Admissions Office by the closing date.
The scholarship award is conditional on candidates gaining eight GCSE passes at grade A* – A or 9 - 7(for Academic and Dame Angela Rumbold scholarships) or grade A* – B or 9 - 6(for Art, Gillman & Soame Photography, Drama, Performing Arts, Music and Sport scholarships), including A in Mathematics and grade 7, 8 or 9 in English Literature or Language and you must achieve an A*/ A (or 9 - 7) grade for the subjects you wish to study at A-level. For A-level subjects that you have not previously studied at GCSE there are individual subject requirements:
Art History: Grade 7, 8 or 9 in English Language or English Literature, or A/A* in History
Classical Civilisation: A/A* in Latin, Grade 7, 8 or 9 in English Literature or A/A* in History
Economics and Business: Grade 7, 8 or 9 in English Language or English Literature plus A/A* at Mathematics
Politics: A/A* in History
Philosophy: A/A* in Religious Studies
Photography: A/A* in Art
Psychology: A / A* in Biology or double award Science, A / A* in Mathematics and Grade 7, 8 or 9 in English Language
Academic, Principal's Award and Dame Angela Rumbold scholars are also expected to take part in appropriately directed academic pursuits throughout the year and to perform in the top 25% of the year group for the end of year examinations. The Scholarship will be reviewed on an annual basis. Examples of academic activities in which scholars would be expected to participate or take the lead include:
• Leading year group and whole school assemblies (with support from relevant members of staff)
• Entering school, local, national and international competitions in subject areas that are of interest to them
• Taking time during weekends and/or holidays to explore their learning beyond the classroom through directed and bespoke targets set by members of staff
Please refer to the appropriate section for further expectations of our scholars with regard to the Art, Gillman & Soame Photography, Drama, Performing Arts, Music and Sport scholarships.
You may apply for more than one scholarship and where there is a clash of assessment times we will endeavour to work out a timetable that allows you to attend the required assessments.
You will be required to demonstrate all-round academic excellence through performance in the scholarship examinations. You will sit three papers: a Test of Developed Ability, which is 1 hour and includes tests of logic and verbal and non-verbal reasoning, a 1 hour 30 minute paper in a subject of your choice, and a General Essay paper, which is 45 minutes long and invites candidates to write a discursive essay response to one of a choice of titles.
The Dame Angela Rumbold Science Scholarship is awarded to those who have attended Surbiton High School since Year 7 and intend to pursue a Science related course at university. Candidates are required to sit the Sixth Form Academic Scholarship Test of Developed Ability and General Essay papers, plus a paper in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. You will be expected to study at least two Science subjects at A-level (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) and to demonstrate an interest in Science beyond the classroom in an interview with the Head of Science and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Please produce a portfolio of recent work, showing a range of ideas and processes. Sculpture and other three dimensional work, or very large works, should be photographed. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an assessment, which will consist of a one hour observational drawing skills test followed by an interview with the Director of Art and Assistant Director of Art. This discussion will include a number of questions on art and artists and your own work as presented in your portfolio.
Please submit a portfolio of Photography, which could contain moving images. Shortlisted candidates are invited to an interview with the Director of Art and the Assistant Director of Art. Candidates will be expected to answer a series of questions on Art and artists and talk about their own work as presented in the portfolio.
It is desirable, but not essential, for candidates to have studied GCSE Drama. All applicants sit a 45 minute written paper, with a choice of two questions: one related to plays studied and one related to live performance events (e.g. a piece of theatre, dance performance or musical theatre performance). Neither question refers to a specific play or performance, but assumes that you have read and/or seen a number of productions over the last two years. You may have copies of your chosen text and/or two A4 sides of notes for each live production seen that you may want to write about.
If you are offering Drama performance as your specialism, please prepare two contrasting audition pieces which should be extracts from published plays and between two and three minutes in length.
If you are offering Performing Arts performance as your specialism, please prepare two contrasting audition pieces; these pieces can include dance, acting or singing (musical theatre pieces only) and should clearly demonstrate your range of skills as a performer. For both Drama and Performing Arts performance auditions, each audition piece should be between two and three minutes in length.
If you are offering design or a technical skill as your specialism, please submit a portfolio of work outlining the ways in which your skills have enhanced two productions.
We will also ask you to demonstrate your proven commitment to Drama and your broader interest in the subject in a short interview with the Director of Drama. The School may choose to offer only Drama or Performing Arts scholarships in a given year, at their discretion.
You should have reached at least Grade 7 standard in your principal instrument. For the audition, prepare two contrasting pieces on your first instrument and, if appropriate, one piece on your second instrument of up to five minutes in length. We cannot provide an accompanist, but you are welcome to bring your own. We will also ask you to sight read, take some aural tests and discuss your musical activities, interests and achievements in an interview with the Director of Music.
In addition to the entry requirements, girls will also be expected to be an outstanding ambassador of the subject. Girls will also agree to achieve Grade 8 during KS5 as well as participate in at least two ensembles at School and leadership in a third ensemble. You will also take a lead in Music department events and competitions and participate in evening events where requested.
To be eligible for a Sports Scholarship, you are required to have reached the minimum standard in at least one of the following sports:
Gymnastics: Club Member competing at Regional level. If no longer competing, have competed at international level.
Hockey: JRPC standard Ladies Club Hockey player.
Netball: Senior Netball Club member and trialled for Satellite Academies.
Rowing: Competed in finals at a National event, or a finalist in a top regatta such as Wallingford/Womens Henley.
Skiing: Member of a recognised Ski race club, and registered with Snowsport England. Actively competing in snow and plastic conditions.
Tennis: LTA 4.2 rating and a minimum six hours per week structured training at a club.
Pupils who are awarded a Sports Scholarship, are expected to attend all relevant training and compete for the school in their Scholarship Sport, when selected.
Please provide a letter detailing your sporting achievements and training programme and, where appropriate, a reference from an external coach. The referee should not be a member of the School PE Department. If shortlisted, you will be invited for a range of fitness and skills tests. Upon award of a scholarship, each sport will have specific requirements.
The Principal's Award is allocated by the Principal to a candidate who has achieved an exceptional level in the Scholarship Examinations 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.
Church Schools Foundation Assisted Places (CSFP) are available for Sixth Form entry, that offer a means tested bursary on a sliding scale. There is also a percentage reduction in the fees for daughters of full time members of the Clergy. Application forms for CSFP or Clergy bursaries are available to download via the links below. 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.
Download Church Schools Foundation Assisted Place Application Form
Download Clergy Bursary Application Form
This will be awarded to a pupil or pupils who have attended the School since Year 7 and would not be able to continue into the Sixth Form without financial support. The Green & Silver Club award will be up to 30% of the current school fees, which can be received by one pupil or shared between pupils. The award will be tenable for both years of Sixth Form study and may be offered as an additional discount to pupils receiving a CSFP Bursary. Pupils not eligible for a CSFP Bursary are still entitled to apply, providing all the above criteria have been met.
To apply for the Green & Silver Club award, please complete the CSFP Application Form. This application is means tested and, if eligible for the Green & Silver Club Award, the girls will be asked to fill out a Personal Statement Form. This will be the girls’ opportunity to demonstrate to the Green & Silver Club Committee why they are a suitable candidate for an award. Recipients of the Green & Silver Club award are expected to be future Ambassadors for the School. The Chair of the Green & Silver Club Committee, the Principal and a member of school staff will make the final decision.