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Scholarship at 16+

Scholarships awards for new entrants to the school are made at 16+ for excellence and potential in various fields. These scholarships, which are open to boys and girls for boarding and day vacancies, are held in November of the year before admission.

Scholarships at 16+
Academic

Scholarships of differing values are available up to a maximum of 50% of the fees. Candidates should be expecting to secure predominantly A/A* grades at GCSE.  Places may be offered to those who win no award.

All candidates will take written papers in Literacy and Reasoning. For those sitting tests in Physics or Chemistry but not Mathematics, there will also be a Mathematics for Science paper.

All candidates will also be asked to offer three of the following subjects which they propose to study at AS level:

Art*, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Design*, Drama*, Economics*, English, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Maths, Music*, Physics*, RS, Spanish.

These will be designed to measure potential and assessment will be either by written test or by interview (*). There will also be other general and academic interviews for all candidates. Specimen written papers are available on request.

Music Scholarships of differing values are available up to a maximum of 50% of the fees.

Candidates prepare two contrasting pieces on their main instrument and one piece on a second instrument, if appropriate. Scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests should also be prepared at a level appropriate to the standard of the pieces. Candidates may offer singing either as a main instrument or in support of other instruments and they may also wish to bring along original compositions. Grade 8 should be regarded as the appropriate standard for the main instrument, although it is not expected that candidates will necessarily have taken that examination. Music scholars are expected to make a leading contribution to Canford's wide-ranging musical activities. For the academic element of this award, candidates must offer either the Academic Scholarship (see above) or the Canford Entrance Tests (see below). Awards are conditional upon reaching the school's entry requirement at GCSE.  Please visit the Music department page for more information.

Assyrian Scholarships (includings Sports Scholarships and the Terrence Cobden-Pike Golf Award) of differing values are available up to a maximum of 40% of the fees.

The school aims to reward co-curricular excellence which enhances the quality of school life. The criteria are flexible but might be found in one or more of the following fields: music, drama, art, sport, design technology. Candidates can offer one or two of these fields. All candidates will be interviewed about their specific areas of expertise and may be asked to perform practical tests or bring evidence of their interest and achievement in their chosen field(s), as appropriate. Those offering sport may be asked to participate in sport sessions which may be on dates other than those of their academic tests. Those offering music should bring one or two short pieces to perform and would normally be of a good Grade 6 Associated Board standard. There will also be a general interview. For the academic element of this award, candidates must offer either the Academic Scholarship (see above) or the Canford Entrance Tests (see below).  Recent awards have been offered to a nationally ranked tennis player, a West of England hockey player, a 5-handicap golfer, an outstanding artist and a South West rugby player.  Assyrian scholars are expected to make a leading contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school.

Awards are conditional upon reaching the school's entry requirement at GCSE.

Financial Assistance Means-tested financial assistance is available up to 100% of the fees - please ask for details.  

Candidates may enter separately for any combination of Canford's Sixth Form scholarships. All Canford’s scholarships are indexed as a percentage of the fees so that their relative value remains constant throughout the scholar’s school career.

In accordance with the agreement between all HMC schools, the results of these entrance examinations and scholarships will not be announced until 1st December.

Scholarships Brochure

Canford Entrance Tests

All candidates who are not taking the academic scholarship papers will be required to sit the Canford Entrance Tests for 16+ entry to the school.  These will consist of written tests in Literacy and Reasoning, plus three subjects the candidate is expecting to take at A level. For those sitting tests in Science subjects but not Mathematics there will also be a Mathematics for Science paper. There will also be a general interview.

Candidates at schools overseas may take the Canford Entrance Tests abroad.  Candidates for Scholarships and those at school in the UK must attend Canford on the dates indicated in the Scholarship Brochure.

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