We offer 11+ and 16+ scholarships in the following areas:
- Art scholarships
- Sports scholarships
- Music scholarships
- Drama scholarships
Please note that we do not offer any scholarships at 7+ nor academic scholarships at 11+ or 16+.
We have around eight scholarships for 11+ applicants and four for 16+ applicants. These scholarships are for students who demonstrate outstanding merit and promise. They are only awarded to pupils who also do well in their assessment and interview.
In addition, we are also fortunate to have very good links with the neighbouring Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama (JGSMD), located just two minutes away, next to the Barbican Centre. Through this relationship we are able to offer a joint scholarship to a year 7 pupil every year, which enables a selected pupil to have specialist instrumental tuition at JGSMD.
Scholarships are worth up to £1,500 per year. They are valid for five years. After five years, students will be invited to reapply for a scholarship in the sixth form.
- Potential art scholars must submit a digital portfolio (a maximum of ten images). Select students will be invited to take part in a drawing task and then an interview. These later stages can be done remotely if necessary.
- Potential sports scholars should be able to demonstrate that they are currently competing in their sport(s) at a high level, ideally at club or representative level. Pupils will be assessed via our assessment morning and be asked to take part in a range of sports. Video evidence is always welcome and may be a necessity if pupils are unable to attend the assessment morning.
- Potential music scholars must be at least Grade 6 standard for 11+ and Grade 8 standard for 16+. Applicants should send a five-minute video, filmed in one take, to include a personal statement (up to one minute) and two contrasting pieces (combined length four minutes). Where applicable both first and second instruments should be played. A shortlist of applicants will be selected for a live interview and audition; if necessary this could take place remotely. At 16+ students do not need to choose music as an A level option but it is encouraged.
- Potential drama scholars should have a real passion for drama and theatre and be interested in all aspects of the subject, from acting to costume design. Applicants should submit a video of a short monologue at 11+ and of two monologues at 16+ (one modern, the other Shakespeare). These texts are usually chosen by City and sent to students in advance of the audition. Select students will then be called back for an interview, which could be done remotely if necessary.
All scholars are expected to contribute fully to the life of their respective department once they join the school.
Applying for a scholarship
Please register as usual. Once registration has closed, you will be sent a form that asks you to indicate whether you would like to apply for a scholarship. You will then be sent the relevant online application form.
16+ scholarship application forms need to be submitted by Tuesday 3 November.
11+ scholarship application forms need to be submitted by Friday 4 December.