Scholarships

Thornton College offers scholarships in recognition of outstanding achievement and potential for internal and external students every year. 

We offer scholarships into Years 7, 9 and 12.  Scholarships are limited and are offered by the Executive Team in consultation with the Governors. They are offered as a discount on fees ranging from 10-30% and are not means-tested. Students can be entered for more than one scholarship award but normally only one may be granted.  In rare cases, a student may receive a combined award.  

SCHOLARSHIPS INTO YEARS 7 & 9 ARE OFFERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Academic

Academic scholars are elected as being amongst the brightest academically in their year, destined for exceptional results.  The academic assessment will vary depending on your daughter’s year group.   Your daughter will join us for a morning which will involve the assessment and if successful, she will then be invited back for a second, full day, where she will join her current year group for the day.  This is a chance for your daughter to experience our lessons, meet the teachers and have lunch with the girls.  We are also able to see how your daughter settles into a classroom environment.

For entry into Year 7 your daughter will sit the CATS assessment.

For entry into Year 9 your daughter will sit the MidYis assessment.


Essential requirements

  • Completed registration form for your daughter
  • Copy of latest school report that indicates high achieving levels
  • Headteacher letter of recommendation

Drama

Candidates will be expected to have excellent performance skills and show exceptional potential as well as genuine excitement for the subject.

All students awarded a Drama Scholarship are expected to be part of school performances and attend Drama clubs.

Part 1.
If you daughter’s application is successful, she will be invited to join us for a morning of assessments.

For entry into Year 7 your daughter will sit the CATS assessment.

For entry into Year 9 your daughter will sit the MidYis assessment.

Part 2.
Your daughter’s assessment results will be reviewed and if successful your daughter will be invited to join us for part 2 of the scholarship application.
This will involve a full day at Thornton where she will join her current year group for the day, as well as a drama audition.  The auditions last approximately 1.5 hours and will include performance and an interview with our Head of Drama.

 

Candidates will be expected to: 

  • Perform two monologues of their choice, lasting no more than 3 minutes each. The monologues should be contrasting, in either style or time period.
  • Perform a short script extract (provided on the day) as part of a pair or group.
  • Participate in a workshop, in which they will be expected to show improvisation and devising skills

 

Essential requirements:

  • Completed registration form for your daughter
  • Copy of latest school report that indicates high achieving levels
  • Head teacher letter of recommendation

 

Desirable requirements:

  • Member of School Drama Club
  • Member of Drama Club (outside school)
  • Reference from Drama coach/teacher

Music

Candidates need to demonstrate musical talent in an audition and are expected to show exceptional musical potential.  Those entering would usually be working at grade 5 or above.

All students awarded a Music Scholarship are expected to play in the school orchestra and represent the school in music competitions.

Part 1.
If you daughter’s application is successful, she will be invited to join us for a morning of assessments.

For entry into Year 7 your daughter will sit the CATS assessment.

For entry into Year 9 your daughter will sit the MidYis assessment.

Part 2.
Your daughter’s assessment results will be reviewed and if successful, she will be invited to join us for part 2 of the scholarship application.
This will involve a full day at Thornton where she will join her current year group for the day, as well as a music audition.  The auditions last approximately 25 minutes.

 

Candidates will be expected to:

  • Play one piece on their principal instrument including voice, (two contrasting pieces if they do not play a second instrument)
  • Play one piece on a second instrument
  • Play, or sing, at sight, a short piece of music
  • Sing a melodic phrase and undertake other aural tests

An accompanist will be provided if required. Candidates should send a copy of the pieces that they will be performing to admissions@thorntoncollege.com at least a two weeks prior to the audition.


Essential requirements:

  • Completed registration form for your daughter
  • Copy of latest school report that indicates high achieving levels
  • Headteacher letter of recommendation
  • Year 7 entries – working towards grade 3 and above
  • Year 9 entries – working towards grace 5 and above
  • Copies of grades, results and the dates taken along with a copy of the certificate and marksheet

 

Desirable requirements:

  • Year 7 – above grade 3
  • Year 9 – above grade 5

Sport

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skill, potential and genuine enthusiasm in their chosen sports. They should be able to take part in two or more sports, preferably having reached county level or higher.

Sports scholars will represent the school by playing in school teams and participate in school sporting events.

Part 1.
If you daughter’s application is successful, she will be invited to join us for a morning of assessments.

For entry into Year 7 your daughter will sit the CATS assessment.

For entry into Year 9 your daughter will sit the MidYis assessment.

Part 2.
Your daughter’s assessment results will be reviewed and if successful, she will be invited to join us for part 2 of the scholarship application.
This will involve a full day at Thornton where she will join her current year group for the day, as well as a sports audition. This will involve a whole day sports audition and an interview with our Director of Sport.

Candidates will be expected to: 

  • Play/demonstrate their skills in either hockey, netball, or athletics
  • Fitness test

 

Essential requirements:

  • Completed registration form for your daughter
  • Copy of latest school report that indicates high achieving levels
  • Headteacher letter of recommendation
  • Reference from a sports coach
  • Evidence of participation in fixtures
  • Evidence of playing at club/county/competing level (whichever is relative to your sport)
  • Evidence of weekly training

 

 Desirable requirements:

  • Previous sporting achievements and qualifications

 

SCHOLARSHIPS INTO YEAR 12 ARE OFFERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Sixth Form Open Scholarships

These scholarships may be awarded to students who are high achieving across a range of subjects at GCSE and who are likely to contribute exceptionally to the overall life of the Sixth Form. Candidates will be strong academically, with major co-curricular strengths, in particular in the areas of Drama, Music and Sport.

Applicants will be required to sit a Yellis test followed by an interview with the Head of Sixth Form and Headteacher.

Essential requirements:

  • Completed registration form for your daughter
  • Copy of latest school report that indicates high achieving levels
  • Headteacher letter of recommendation
  • Copy of predicted GCSE results

Sixth Form Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships may be awarded to students with excellent predicted GCSE examination grades.

Applicants will be required to sit a Yellis test followed by an interview with the Head of Sixth Form and Headteacher.

 

Essential requirements:

  • Completed registration form for your daughter
  • Copy of latest school report that indicates high achieving levels
  • Headteacher letter of recommendation
  • Copy of predicted GCSE results

All students in receipt of a scholarship award are expected to assist at major events such as open mornings and represent the school in areas related to their scholarship awards, such as competitions.

External candidates applying for a scholarship must be registered for a place at Thornton College and a reference will be requested by our admissions team from the candidate’s present school.

There are two parts to the scholarship application at Thornton.

Part one involves a morning of assessments.  These will be either the CATS, MidYis or Yellis tests, depending on which year group your daughter is applying for.  If successful, she will be invited for part two which involves a full day at Thornton where she will experience a day in her year group followed by an audition, depending on her chosen category.  For full details, please click on the categories below.

Scholarships are awarded on the clear understanding that the recipient will complete her education at Thornton to the end of Key Stage 4 (GCSE). The discount on fees under a scholarship must be reimbursed if a scholar is withdrawn before the end of Year 11 / Year 13.  Students in receipt of a scholarship at Year 7 or Year 9 will need to re-apply for a scholarship at Sixth Form entry.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please apply here.

Please note the deadline for applications is Monday 7th November 2022.