Scholarships and Assessments

Life in the Junior School
Life in the Junior School
Life in the Junior School
Life in the Junior School
Life in the Junior School
Life in the Junior School

At the Junior School, we take pride in the holistic approach to the education of our pupils. All of the children are stretched by exposure to a combination of academic, outdoor, cultural and sporting challenges offered as a fully integrated programme. We therefore welcome applications for Junior School Scholarships from candidates with skills in any one or more of these categories. All successful applicants will have shown good potential to contribute positively to this distinctive ethos and a positive contribution and commitment must be maintained throughout the pupil’s time at the School.

We operate a policy of open access, committed to educating young people from a range of aptitudes and backgrounds. We encourage applications from any young person who is capable of benefiting from a Gordonstoun education and who is committed to enhancing the life of the community. Pupils from any educational background may apply and, in particular, allowance is made for those boys and girls whose present school makes no provision to prepare candidates for the Scholarship examination.  

Age criteria

The Junior School takes boys and girls starting at age 6 into Year 2 to those who are 12 years into Year 8.  There is some flexibility up and down a year group depending on what is right for each child.

Year 2             age 6 by August 31
Year 3             age 7
Year 4             age 8
Year 5             age 9
Year 6             age 10
Year 7             age 11
Year 8             age 12

The Autumn Taster weekend is for anyone wishing to apply for a Junior School place as well as those who wish to sit for a Scholarship Award.

Scholarships awarded to children entering Year 4 to Year 6 will  continue for the child’s time in the Junior School only (after which they may apply for Senior School scholarship in the normal way).  Scholarships awarded to children entering Year 7 and Year 8 continue through to the Senior School.

Internal candidates can sit scholarship exams at each annual opportunity.

Selection process

All candidates will be asked to sit papers in Mathematics, English and to complete a Non Verbal Reasoning Questionnaire (NVRQ).  In addition all the candidates will have an informal interview with the Head of the Junior School and are gently assessed over the weekend.

Categories of Award

There are three categories of Scholarship Award at the Junior School:

The Academic Scholarship Award is designed for children who are currently doing very well at School and who can demonstrate a high level of ability and potential in both numeric and language skills. 

The All-Round Scholarship is awarded to children who possess clear all-round strengths.  They should be able to demonstrate academic competence in addition to real potential in other spheres, particularly sporting and creative. 

Neil Wylie Memorial Scholarship for Music
In offering the Neil Wylie Memorial Scholarship Award for Music, the School is looking for children who show both potential as instrumentalists and a genuine enthusiasm for music.  Candidates are required to qualify for admission to the School through the normal assessment procedure.  The normal value of the Neil Wylie Memorial Scholarship is £1,500 per annum and free tuition in one instrument.  This award does not carry on into the Senior School.

The value of Awards

The value of a Scholarship is a 10% reduction of the appropriate fee. This may be augmented via a means tested application for further financial assistance.

Parents or guardians who need to apply for a means-tested bursary should request a form from the Fees Administrator by emailing or by telephoning +44 (0)1343 837914. The deadline for returning means testing forms is Monday 26 March 2018.  Later applications will not be considered.

Application for places

Applicants for places only will also be assessed in Mathematics, English and an NVRQ. These assessments are very gentle and designed to be accessible for the full range of ages and abilities. At this stage we are very much in the process of boosting confidence whilst at the same time gaining additional information about each child’s interests and abilities.

The scholarship date for 2018/19 entry is 30 September-1 October 2017. The closing date for all applications is Friday 8 September 2017.

Further information and application forms are available from the Admissions Office:

Telephone :01343 837829
Fax: 01343 837808

Download the Scholarship Information and Programmes and the application form as PDFs. (You will need Adobe Reader which can be downloaded from the Adobe website).

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