Scholarships and Bursaries

Sixth Form Scholarships

Academic, Music and Sports Scholarships are available for pupils entering Birkdale Sixth Form in September 2020. The maximum total fee remission from one or more scholarships is 25%. Awards for individual scholarships are typically in the range of 5-15% of fees.

The scholarship examinations and assessments are designed to be equally appropriate for pupils in both maintained and independent schools and are open to pupils already at Birkdale and to those currently at school elsewhere.

Entering your son or daughter for scholarship assessment presumes a firm intention to accept an award if one is offered. Candidates are welcome to apply for any of the available scholarships for which they are eligible.

If an award is made, it will be tenable from when a pupil joins the Sixth Form in September 2020 and will be held until the end of Upper Sixth (Y13) provided that in the opinion of the Head Master, in consultation with the Director of Music and the Director of Sport as appropriate, satisfactory progress is maintained and the conditions of an award are adhered to. Should a pupil leave the school before this, but subsequently return, the award will no longer apply.

 

Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are available for pupils entering Birkdale Sixth Form in September 2020. An Academic Scholarship comprises a level of fee remission, typically in the range of 5-15% of fees.

All candidates for an Academic Scholarship will sit a General Paper. They will additionally be assessed in two other subjects which they intend to study in the Sixth Form. All candidates will be interviewed by a senior member of staff. For most subjects, assessment will be by written examination. Candidates offering Art or Drama as one of their subjects will undergo practical assessment and an interview with the relevant Head of Department. The award of a scholarship will take into account the candidate’s performance in the two subjects offered and the general paper, and also in their interview.

Specimen papers or details of the assessment for the General Paper and the following subjects are available to view here:

Candidates wishing to be assessed in another subject not listed above should contact the Registrar well in advance of the closing date.

Entry to the Sixth Form and the award of a Scholarship will ultimately be conditional on GCSE results. Standard entry requirements are a minimum of five passes (grades 9-5) at GCSE, with at least four of these at grade 6 or higher including any subjects studied at GCSE which are to be studied at A level. However, scholars would usually be expected to achieve five or more 8/9 grades at GCSE, and many do significantly better than this. The Scholarship award will be tenable from when a pupil joins the Sixth Form and will be held until the end of Upper Sixth (Y13) provided that, in the opinion of the Head Master, satisfactory progress is maintained and the conditions of an award are adhered to.

The Sixth Form Academic Scholarship and Bursary Examinations will be held at Birkdale on Saturday 18 January 2020.

The 2020 entry Sixth Form Academic Scholarship Application Form can be downloaded here. If your son or daughter is applying for an Academic Scholarship, this should be indicated in section 4 on the Registration Form. All forms should be submitted by Friday 6 December 2019.

The outcome of the Sixth Form Academic Scholarship and Bursary Examinations will be communicated in writing by the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will also be confirmed.

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are available for pupils entering the Sixth Form in September 2020. A Music Scholarship comprises a level of fee remission, typically in the range of 5-15% of fees and free weekly tuition in one instrument in school. The award of an Exhibition entitles the pupil to free weekly tuition in one instrument in school.

Candidates should normally be of Grade VII and above in their first instrument, which may be the piano, organ, any orchestral instrument or voice. All candidates should be able to show general musicianship commensurate with their technical skill. These are by no means the only pointers to a good candidate so if you are unsure, please contact Mr A M Jordan (Director of Music) to discuss whether or not your son or daughter would be considered.

The successful candidates will be required to satisfy the general standards of admission to Sixth form and to enter fully into the musical life of the school.

The 2020 entry Sixth Form Music Scholarship external application form and further details Sixth Form Music Scholarship information for external candidates can be downloaded here. If your son or daughter is applying for a Music Scholarship, this should be indicated in section 4 on the Registration Form. All forms should be submitted by Friday 6 December 2019. The assessment will take place on Thursday 23 January 2020.

The outcome of the Music Scholarship assessment will be communicated in writing by the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be also made.

 

Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships are available for pupils entering the Sixth Form in September 2020. A Sports Scholarship comprises a level of fee remission, typically in the range of 5-15% of fees. Candidates are required to submit an application form detailing their sporting interests and achievements and, if possible, a short video of their sporting performance. Shortlisted candidates will then be interviewed by the Director of Sport and the Head Master

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency and an established record of achievement in their main sport. They should currently be at county level standard in their chosen discipline and/or be able to demonstrate the ability to make a significant contribution to school sport. If you are unsure whether a pupil might be considered, please contact Mr Depledge, Director of Sport. Successful candidates will be required to enter fully into the sporting life of the school

The 2020 entry Sixth Form Sports Scholarship application form can be downloaded here. If your son or daughter is applying for a Sports Scholarship, this should be indicated in section 4 on the Registration Form. All forms should be submitted by Friday 6 December 2019. The interviews will be held during w/c 27 January 2020 and mutually convenient appointments will be confirmed nearer the time.

The outcome of the Sports Scholarship assessment will be communicated in writing by the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be also confirmed.

 

Arkwright Scholarships in Design Technology

Birkdale is one of over 600 schools affiliated to the Arkwright Scholarship Trust, which will provide a number of scholarships in 2020 in conjunction with member schools. The awards will be of £1000 over two years: the pupil receives £300 per year and the Design and Technology Department £200 per year per scholar. Arkwright Scholarships for September 2020 are available to pupils, both internal and external, completing their GCSEs in 2020, who will be studying Maths (compulsory), Science and Technology subjects and who intend to study for an Engineering degree at university.

The website of the Arkwright Scholarship Trust www.arkwright.org.uk contains more information about the application criteria and process and the benefits for scholars. Candidates are able to apply on-line via that website. Please note that there is an application fee.

 

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