Our Scholarships are available for Sport, Drama and Music.
Candidates will be invited to apply for the Headmasters’ Scholarship following the entrance interviews and will be asked to attend an academic exam and interview with senior member of staff. The scholarship is awarded by the Headmaster at the end of the entrance procedures. The Headmasters’ Scholarship interviews will be held in February.
Scholarships for Sport, Drama and Music will be awarded to boys who show outstanding potential in their given area. All candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, their chosen scholarship subject. Only Year 7 and Year 9 applicants can submit an application. No scholarship application will be accepted unless the candidate is in receipt of an offer of a place.
Talented sportsmen, joining at Year 7 or Year 9, who are playing at or working towards county level and above in one of the school’s main sports of Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Rugby and Tennis are invited to apply for a Sports Scholarship. For all candidates an ability to learn and a willingness to further their sporting career are essential. Candidates will be expected to compile an in depth sporting C.V, complete a series of fitness and skills tests and take part in an interview with a member of the PE staff.
Music Scholarships will be made available for outstanding musicians for Year 7 or Year 9 entry. They must be playing or singing at a high level – probably involved in District and/or National orchestras/choirs , as well as Grade 5 or above for Year 7, and Grade 7 or above for Year 9. Applicants who can play an instrument in the St James orchestra or sing in the choir will be favoured over those playing instruments that do not normally feature in a classical orchestra e.g. voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, trumpet etc.
The audition will consist of a performance and interview. Candidates should also submit no more than one hundred words detailing their perceived contribution to music at St James. Applications must be made by the deadline. Two references should also be included, one of which must be a current music teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to the audition.
Drama Scholarships will be made available for outstanding dramatists joining in Year 7 or Year 9. They must be involved in Drama outside of their education such as community theatre, LAMDA, RADA, West End theatre or TV/Film.
Actors who can perform monologues, duologues and group pieces are known to be versatile in their field, therefore will be favoured over those who cannot perform all three styles. Applicants who are chosen for this Scholarship must participate in all of the productions held at St James throughout their time here as a student.
The audition will consist of a performance and an interview. Candidates should also submit an acting portfolio detailing their involvement within Drama, including any school productions/performances they have been involved in. Applications must be made by 10th February. Two references should also be included, one of which must be a current Drama teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to the audition.
In the first instance please send the scholarship application form along with the references outlining your son’s sporting or musical ability. All applications must be submitted by Friday 9 February 2024 for consideration. Please download an application forms below or contact the admissions office if you have any questions.
The scholarship Day for Music, Drama and Sport will be held on Thursday 22 February 2024.