Specialist Places & Scholarships

Year 7 Music Specialist Places 2019

Introduction

Wymondham College offers up to 16 priority specialist places for students applying for Year 7 (age 11+) who demonstrate a particular aptitude in Music. These are not scholarships, and in the case of the boarding places (or day boarding places), the full fee remains payable.

Eight of each of these places are available to boarders and eight places are available to day students for entry in September 2019. These places will be allocated on the basis of performance in tests of musical aptitude conducted by the College.

 

Application Process

Boarding Places

In order to be considered for a Music Specialist Boarding place, parents/carers must indicate on the Application that they would like a Music Specialist Place.

If you are applying you need to fill in the Year 7 Boarding Supplementary Admissions Form which can be downloaded on the 'Main School Application' page. Click here to go to the page.

The application must be submitted by the published deadline.

The Admissions department will then confirm the receipt of the application and correspond with details of the assessment in writing.

Day Places

In order to be considered for a Music Specialist Day place, parents/carers must submit a Priority Music Place Application.

If you are applying you need to fill in the Year 7 Day Music Priority Specialist application form which can be downloaded on the 'Main School Application' page. Click here to go to the page.

The application must be submitted by the published deadline.

The Admissions department will the confirm the receipt of the applications and correspond with details of the assessment in writing.

 

Assessments

There are 2 opportunities to take each test and candidates must be able to attend the College on one of these dates in order to be considered for one of these places:

  • Dates TBC

Those who apply early enough to be included in the first test on 9 October 2018 will receive notification of whether they have met the required standard before the national closing date for Year 7 Admissions on 31 October 2018. Those who apply too late to take the first test, or after the first session has been filled or who are unable to attend the October assessments for some other reason, can take the second test on 23 November. Both tests provide the same opportunity to gain a place at the College and there is no advantage to be gained from taking one test rather than the other.

Please note: Meeting the required standard in a test does not guarantee a place at the College. This is because more candidates may meet the required standard than there are places available to students who do so. If this is the case, places will be allocated according to the oversubscription criteria details in the Admissions Polcy 2019, in this case, proximity.

Candidates for the Music Specialist places should have:

  • A proven talent on their main instrument
  • Natural performance skills
  • A gift for the subject that enables them to learn quickly

 

Aptitude Assessment

The assessment has 2 parts.

Part 1

It is a 45 minute listening test that assesses musical aptitude in the following areas:

  • Pitch - Candidates have to tell when a pitch has been lowered or raised. This test involves recognition of large intervals, semitones and some microtonality.
  • Melody - Candidates have to remember a 2 bar melody in their head and state how it is changed when repeated.
  • Texture - Candidates have to state how many notes are played together. This incorporates recognition of intervals - 2 notes, simple triads - 3 notes and more complex, and sometimes chromatic chords - 4 notes.
  • Rhythm - Candidates have to remember a 4 beat rhythm in their head and state how it is changed when repeated.

This test involves 60 questions worth 60 marks.

Part 2

Part 2 involves a 20 minute individual assessment conducted by a member of the Music Department. This assessment comprises the following elements:

  • Performing - Candidates demonstrate their aptitude for performing instrumentally, or vocally. Candidates are asked to perform on their main instrument with suitable accompaniment. Candidates are welcome to bring their own accompanist or backing track (Tape, CD or MD) with them. Proficiency in a second instrument is not required, but candidates may perform on a second instrument if they wish. (30 marks)
  • General Musical Knowledge - Candidates demonstrate their aptitude for analysing their performance music. (10 marks)
  • Aural Tests - Candidates demonstrate their aptitude to respond to music they have heard through singing, clapping and answering questions. (10 marks)
  • Sight-reading - Candidates demonstrate their aptitude to interpret music notation that they have not seen before. (10 marks).

The overall assessment is marked out of 120.

 

Test Results

As described earlier, candidates who take the test in October will receive notification of whether they have met the required standard (the benchmark) by 31 October. Meeting the required standard does not guarantee a place at the College. 

In the case that there are more students who achieve the benchmark than there are places available, the oversubsciption criteria detailed in Admissions Policy will be used to determine which candidates are allocated the Specialist priority places.

The College cannot enter into correspondence or discussion with parents concerning the outcome of the assessment and is not permitting to communicate information concerning whether or not a candidate who has taken the second test in November has met the required standard.

This is in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Statutory Schools Admissions Code. The outcome of the assessment will be evident when the allocation of places is communicated to parents by their Local Authority (in the case of applicants in England) or the College (for other candidates).

Guidance on Year 7 Priority Music Specialist Places 2018-2019 Document

Sixth Form Scholarships 2019

Introduction

We offer Academic, Music and Sport Scholarships for boarding places only in Sixth Form. These scholarships can be worth up the whole boarding fee. 

We expect those who are successful in gaining a Sixth Form Boarding Scholarship to be amongst the leaders in the year group in their discipline. They will have high personal standards of behaviour, appearance, organisation and commitment to their studies and an enthusiastic approach to life in the Sixth Form. They will be excellent role models for other students and ambassadors for the College and will make a significant contribution to the extra-curricular life of the College.

Academic Scholar

An Academic Scholar will have a proven of academic achievement throughout their school career, which will result in at least 7 Grade 7s at GCSE. He/She will study up to 4 subjects and will stand a very good chance of gaining admission to the most selective of universities.

Music Scholar

A Music Scholar will have a proven record of performance at Grade 8 standard in His/Her first study instrument and a Grade 6 theory. Stronger candidates will be proficient on a second instrument, ideally piano if not the first study instrument. He/She will be an A Level Music Student who has obtained a high grade at GCSE Music and will make a significant contribution to the musical life of the College.

Sport Scholar

A Sport Scholar will have a proven record of representative achievements (at least County level or above) in a minimum of two different Wymondham College sports. A Wymondham College Sport Scholar will be an A Level PE/Sport Studies student who has obtained a high grade at GCSE PE. He/She will make a significant contribution to College representative sport as a performer and to the junior sports programme as a Sports Assistant.

 

Application Process

In order to be considered for a Sixth Form Boarding Scholarship place, parents/carers must indicate on the Application that they would like a Sixth Form Boarding Scholarship place.

If you are applying online you need to ensure that the Sixth Form Boarding Scholarship field is filled out as yes to ensure that the application is picked up as a Scholarship place.

If you are applying via a paper form you need to fill in the Sixth Form Boarding Application Form which can be downloaded on the 'Sixth Form Application' page. Click here to go to the page.

The application must be submitted by the published deadline. Candidates must attend the College for assessment as shown below.

Academic Scholarships
The College seeks confirmation of a candidate’s predicted grades from his/her current school. If the predicted grades are at least those required for the award of a scholarship, the candidate will be invited to sit the Scholarship Examination at the College. The examination comprises of a multiple choice examination paper based on reasoning skills. Candidates are then interviewed by the Headteacher, a Deputy Headteacher or another senior member of staff. The interview will cover both scholarship and boarding issues.

The examination day for Academic Scholarships will be Friday 18 January 2019 and the interviews will take place either on 18 or 19 January 2019. Candidates may be required to attend on both days.

Music Scholarships
All candidates must submit a portfolio containing the candidate’s music certificates, programmes from concerts they have been involved in and any other pertinent musical information, to the Director of Music noe later than 14 Decmber 2018. If the information provided confirms that the candidate’s achievements are at least at the level required for a scholarship, he/she will be invited for an audition and interview with the Director of Music to assess their suitability to study A level Music. The audition will consist of a short performance on one or two instruments. Candidates will also be invited for a boarding interview, with a senior member of staff.

The audition day for Music Scholarships will be Friday 18 January 2019.

Sport Scholarships
All candidates must submit a portfolio containing the candidate’s certificates of sporting achievement, press cuttings, letters from sports coaches and any other pertinent sporting information to the Director of Sport no later than Friday 13 December 2017. If the information provided confirms that the candidate’s achievements are at least at the level required for a scholarship, he/she will be invited for an assessment and interview with the Director of Sport. The assessment consists of a skills and fitness test, which is not gender specific and requires proficiency in no specific type of sport. Candidates will also be invited for a boarding interview, with a senior member of staff.

The assessment day for Sports Scholarships will be Friday 18 January 2019.

 

Award and Tenure of Scholarships

The award of scholarships is at the discretion of the Principal based on the evidence provided by the assessments and interviews. Scholarships will not be awarded if, in the opinion of the Headteacher, insufficient of the candidates have met the required standard for a scholarship.

Candidates who are unsuccessful in gaining scholarships will be considered for boarding places in the same way as those who have not applied for scholarships.
A review of a scholar’s performance, commitment and conduct may take place at any time during the tenure of the scholarship. The Principal reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship if this review is unsatisfactory.

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