The Perse School


Recognising exceptional potential

In summary

These awards are not means-tested, but are limited in financial value and generally worth around 5% of the annual school fees.

In Years 7 and 9 we award Academic and Music Scholarships. All candidates who sit our entrance tests are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship; there is no need to apply. Applications are required for the Music Scholarships. The deadline for Year 7 and Year 9 Music Scholarship applications for entry in 2019 is 8 December 2018. Please complete the Music Scholarship form and return it to the Admissions Office with your child’s registration form by the registration deadline.

Download a copy of the music scholarship form

Candidates for a Music Scholarship will take part in auditions in January, by arrangement with the Director of Music. The audition will be on a candidate’s main instrument (and a second instrument if they have one). Singing may be offered, either as a main or secondary component. There will also be a sight-reading exercise and an aural test.

Year 7 candidates will probably be at around Grade 5 standard of higher on at least one instrument, and Year 9 candidates will have reached at least Grade 6.  However, we are looking for future potential rather than current achievement, and will take previous musical opportunities (or lack thereof) into account when assessing a candidate, so those with fewer or no formal qualifications should not feel automatically excluded.

Music scholars will be expected to join in as many of the School’s musical activities as possible long-term – including those which take place on Saturdays. We hope that they will learn at least one instrument in School rather than outside. Parents are asked to discuss any potential clashes with musical commitments outside school, and any concerns about instrumental teaching requirements, with the Director of Music in advance of the scholarship auditions.

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