The Somerset Scholarship from age 11 to 18
The Somerset Scholarships typically attract a remission of 15% of the fees, however in the past it has been known for there to be exceptional cases where the remission has been up to 50%; whatever the Scholarship award, though, further financial support can be provided if necessary through additional means-tested bursarial assistance.
The scholarships for children joining King’s Hall into Year 7 in September 2018 will take place on Saturday 14 January and the closing date for entries is 28 November 2016.
This opportunity is open to children currently in Year 6 at state schools who show significant ability and potential in their academic work, sport or music and wish to make the most of their talents in a nurturing and stimulating environment. At King’s Hall Year 7 and 8 pupils develop their skills to confidently embrace all the opportunities we offer. We expect all our pupils to contribute to the wider life of the school: in sport, music, drama and through community responsibility.
We provide small classes led by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring staff and our children progress to King’s College well equipped for their GCSEs and the exciting challenges ahead.
The administration of the Somerset Scholarship is undertaken by King’s Hall and testing takes place in the January and April preceding entry.
Somerset Scholarships are also available for Year 9 and Sixth form entry to King’s College.
For more information, please contact Mrs Tess Spurr, our Admissions Assistant, by email Admissions@kingshalltaunton.co.uk or telephone 01823 285921. Families are encouraged to visit both King's Hall School and King's College and can contact Tess to arrange visits.
Please click here to view an online version of our Somerset Scholarships brochure - please contact Tess for relevant dates and further information.
11 + Scholarships at King's Hall School
The 11+ scholarships are awarded by King’s College for pupils at or entering King’s Hall School. The value of the awards are retained on entry into King’s College, subject to the normal annual review process, although award holders are expected to enter for the relevant scholarship tests at 13+. Success here may result in an increase in the value of the award.
If holders of 11+ scholarships do not proceed to King’s College, the value of the award must be repaid to the College.
The 11+ awards are administered by King’s College. Testing takes place in January.
The testing for an academic award consists of written papers in English, Maths and verbal reasoning. There will also be an interview. Candidates will be asked to provide reports from their present schools.
Testing for sports awards consists of a practical aptitude test in several sports and an interview. Candidates’ present schools will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation giving details of past sporting achievements and involvement.
Candidates will be asked to show achievement (Grade 3 – 4 is a good guideline) and potential in one instrument. Competence on a second instrument is welcomed. Candidates are encouraged to offer singing.
Auditions will consist of two contrasting prepared pieces on voice or first instrument, another prepared piece on the second instrument if offered, an aural test and a study piece given to the candidate half an hour before performance. There will also be an interview.
Music award holders will receive free tuition in up to two instruments at King’s Hall.
Music Scholars are expected to play a full role in all the school’s musical activities.
All scholarships are awarded on the basis of open competition.
Once awarded, all scholarships are subject to annual review. Scholarship holders are expected to continue to contribute as appropriate to the life of the school.
Scholarship offers are made as soon as possible after the relevant tests. Acceptance is conditional on agreeing to terms and conditions, details of which may be obtained from the Admissions Registrar.
All scholarship holders may, in addition, apply for means-tested bursarial assistance.
Closing date for entries
28 November 2017