Scholarships and Exhibitions

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LEH offers Scholarships and Exhibitions for pupils hoping to enter the School at the ages of entry of 11+ and 16+.

There are no Scholarships awarded for entry into the Junior School. The number and size of awards in any particular year are at the discretion of the Head Mistress. A Scholarship or Exhibition is a recognition of exceptional ability and promise. It is possible to apply for a means-tested bursary alongside a scholarship award.

The bestowal of any award carries with it privilege and responsibility. Every award holder is expected to set an example to other pupils in their approach to life at school and their area of specialism in particular. Awards at 11+ and 16+ are reviewed annually. The review will consider the progress of award holders in their chosen field of expertise and whether the holder continues enthusiastically to fulfil the obligations associated with the award.

 

What is the difference between a Scholarship, an Exhibition and a Bursary?

Scholarships and Exhibitions are not means-tested, unlike Bursaries, which are.  You can hold both a scholarship and a bursary if the family’s financial situation meets the bursary criteria. All Scholarship and Exhibition awards offer a financial discount against the basic termly tuition fee, of the percentages given below.

Applying for a bursary

 

Scholarships are awarded in the Senior School as follows:

  Academic Music Scholarship Music Exhibition Art Drama Sport STEM
Entry into Third Form (Year 7) Yes Yes Yes _ _ _ _
Entry into Sixth Form (Year 12) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes * Yes
Value of Scholarship/Exhibition 10% 10% 7.5% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Maximum awards per year? ** ** ** 1 1 Up to 2 1

*The Sixth Form Sport Scholarship is only available to pupils already studying at LEH prior to entry into the Sixth Form.

**The number of awards available is at the discretion of the Head Mistress.

 

HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP? 

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarship information

11+ Application Process:

If you are an external candidate, you do not need to apply for an Academic Scholarship, as all applicants sitting the required 11+ entrance examination will be considered for this award.

If you are a parent with a daughter moving from LEH Junior School to Senior School, you will receive a letter in the autumn term of Upper II asking if your daughter wishes to apply for an Academic Scholarship. If so, your daughter will be required to sit the 11+ entrance exam alongside external candidates.

16+ Application Process:

If you are an external candidate, you do not need to apply for an Academic Scholarship as all applicants sitting the required 16+ entrance examination will be considered for this award.

If you are a parent of an existing LEH girl moving into the Sixth Form, you will receive a letter from Mrs Hanbury in the autumn term of UV, asking if your daughter wishes to apply for any of the Sixth Form scholarships. If you would like your daughter to be considered for an Academic Scholarship, you should complete and return the Sixth Form Scholarships form enclosed with the letter by the given deadline.

Open to:

Entry into the Third Form (Year 7) All 11+ applicants are considered for this award. A Scholarship applicant must perform outstandingly well in the entrance assessments and will then be interviewed alongside other prospective pupils.

Entry into the Sixth Form (16+): If you are an internal applicant (an LEH student in UV) you will sit English and Maths papers alongside one subject paper of your choosing.  If you are an external applicant, you will be considered for an award on the basis of your results in the 16+ entrance assessment papers.

What happens on the day?

There is no separate academic scholarship examination.  All candidates who apply to join the school at 11+ and 16+ and complete the examinations on the defined examination day will be considered for an academic scholarship.  All candidates being considered for a place at LEH will be invited back to attend an interview.  Candidates will not be informed if their interview is considering their suitability for an academic scholarship and such interviews follow a similar format to those for all candidates being considered for a place at the School.

Expectations of an Academic Scholar:

Given the academically selective nature of the school, we expect all students to show intellectual curiosity.  We are looking for someone who has a very inquisitive mind and well-developed independence of thought.  These are the kind of things which will be looked for during interview.

We expect all academic scholars to continue to exhibit the qualities which they demonstrated at interview.  Whilst there is no expectation of a certain standard of outcome and performance under examination, we expect scholars to achieve effort grades above the average for the school. This requires a high level of focus and active participation in lessons. In addition, they should show interest beyond the classroom, including attendance of lectures and academic clubs and a willingness to enter into school competitions such as the Martindale Essay competition and national competitions.

It is envisaged that these high expectations will not be a burden to the scholars since they will take these in their stride and really enjoy the intellectual challenge as they progress through the school.

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions

Music Scholarship information

11+ Application Process:

If you are applying for a Music Scholarship for entry into the Third Form (Year 7) you should indicate on your main application form that you wish to apply for a Music Scholarship, and complete the separate Music Scholarship application form. Both forms should be submitted by the deadline of 1st December.

Parents of girls moving from LEH Junior School to Senior School will receive a letter in the autumn term of Upper II asking if your daughter wishes to apply for a Music Scholarship. If so, you need to complete a Music scholarship application form which is available either on the LEH website or can be requested from the Registrar before 1st December.

16+ Application Process:

If you are applying for a Music Scholarship for entry into the Sixth Form (Year 12) you should indicate on your main application form that you wish to apply for a Music Scholarship, and complete the separate Music Scholarship application form. Both forms should be submitted by the deadline of 10th October.

If you are a parent of an existing LEH girl moving into the Sixth Form, you will receive a letter from Mrs Hanbury in the autumn term of UV, asking if your daughter wishes to apply for any of the Sixth Form scholarships. If you would like your daughter to be considered for a Music Scholarship, you should complete and return the enclosed Sixth Form Scholarships form by the given deadline.

Music Exhibitions Application process:

Music Exhibitions are awarded to applicants at 11+ and 16+ to recognise musical achievement that falls just short of scholarship standard. You do not need to apply separately to be considered for a Music Exhibition. The expectations and benefits enjoyed by the holder of a Music Exhibition are similar to those of a Music Scholar.

Open to:

To apply for a Music Scholarship at Third Form (11+), you should generally have a minimum of a Grade V Distinction, although applicants with considerable potential who have been learning an instrument for only a short time should not be deterred from making an application. In addition, the Music Department is looking for talented young players with good aural and sight reading ability.

To apply for a Music Scholarship in the Sixth Form, you are expected to have the minimum of a Grade VII Distinction, or equivalent.  The school is looking for musicians who, although they may not be intending to study Music at A level, are able to make a serious commitment to the Music Department.

What do I need to prepare for my Music Audition?

Entry in to the Third Form (Year 7): As a shortlisted candidate, you will be expected to play one or two contrasting pieces (not exceeding 5 minutes altogether) on your first instrument. If you are offering a second instrument, you should prepare a short piece of no more than 3 minutes on that instrument. If more than two instruments are offered, please prepare a short piece of a couple of minutes on all instruments. Auditions are held towards the end of January and should last no more than 20 minutes.

Entry into the Sixth Form (Year 12): As a shortlisted candidate, you should prepare 1 or 2 pieces, of approximately 5 minutes duration in total on your first instrument, and a short piece, no more than 3 minutes, for a second and third instrument, if appropriate. Auditions are held towards the end of November and should last approximately 20 minutes.

What happens on the day?

The first ten minutes of your audition will be for warming-up and rehearsal purposes.  There will be a room set aside for this. During your audition, you will perform your prepared pieces (details above) and participate in sight-reading, some brief aural tests and a short interview. You may be asked to talk about the context of your pieces.

If you require an accompanist, you are welcome to bring your own. Alternatively, one of our professional accompanists is also available for the audition. They will rehearse with you immediately before your audition. The accompanist fee will be £22.00. Please bring a cheque payable to LEHS when you come for your audition. When you are invited for audition, you will be asked to complete a repertoire form so the Director of Music and any accompanist is aware of your music choices in advance.

Expectations of a Music Scholar

We expect a Music Scholar:

  • To commit to the major school music groups relevant to their instrument, as agreed with the Director of Music
  • To prioritise weekly music rehearsals and concerts for those groups at which they perform
  • To be an ambassador for the Music Department and to lead by example with enthusiasm and commitment to the department.

Music Scholars enjoy

  • Performing in a dedicated annual Chamber Concert, including a Scholars' Choir and Orchestra.
  • The opportunity to play in assembly at least once a year.
  • Participation in a chamber group with specialist coaching.
  • Free tuition for one instrument from a teacher employed by the school.

 

The Mitchell Music Scholarship may be offered by the school to a candidate, which is equal to 10% of the tuition fee and may be awarded in addition to a standard Music scholarship. The Mitchell Music Scholarship is means-tested and, consequently, applicants for the Mitchell Music Scholarship will be asked to provide some limited financial disclosure in support of their application in addition to meeting the entry requirements applying to other Music Scholarships described above.

Art Scholarships (Sixth Form only)

Art Scholarship information

16+ Application Process:

If you are an external applicant applying for Sixth Form entry, and you wish to apply for an Art Scholarship, you should indicate this on your application form by ticking the appropriate box. 

If you are a parent of an existing LEH girl moving into the Sixth Form, you will receive a letter from Mrs Hanbury in the autumn term of UV, asking if your daughter wishes to apply for any of the Sixth Form scholarships. If you would like your daughter to be considered for an Art Scholarship, you should complete and return the enclosed Sixth Form Scholarships form by the given deadline.

As an Art Scholarship applicant, your GCSE work will be reviewed. In addition, you may wish to submit additional pieces of work. These could include work created on courses or in sketch books.

Please write a short explanation of why you are applying for the Art Scholarship and what you hope to study when you leave school and submit this information with your application.

Open to:

The Art Scholarship is open to external and internal candidates entering the Sixth Form.

What happens on the day?

Selected applicants will be invited to attend a short interview.

Expectations of an Art Scholar

You will be invited to create artwork for the School over the course of your two years as a Sixth Form Art Scholar.

Art Scholars enjoy

As an Art Scholar you will receive free membership to agreed London galleries.

Drama Scholarships (Sixth Form only)

Drama scholarship information

16+ Application Process:

If you are an external applicant applying for Sixth Form entry, and you wish to apply for a Drama scholarship, you should indicate this on your application form by ticking the appropriate box and submitting your form by the deadline of 10thOctober.

If you are a parent of an existing LEH girl moving into the Sixth Form, you will receive a letter from Mrs Hanbury in the autumn term of UV, asking if your daughter wishes to apply for any of the Sixth Form scholarships. If you would like your daughter to be considered for a Drama Scholarship, you should complete and return the enclosed Sixth Form Scholarships form by the given deadline.

As a candidate (both external and internal applicants), you will be asked to write a letter, setting out your reasons for applying. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and/or audition.

Open to:

The Drama Scholarship is open to external and internal candidates entering the Sixth Form. The Drama Scholarship is likely to go to an applicant who is planning to study A Level Theatre Studies, but this is not a requirement.

What happens on the day?

If you have a particular interest in performance you may be invited to audition. You will be asked to choose one of two options to prepare for performance in a workshop setting with the Director of Drama and the other candidates. 

If you are applying with a primary interest in design or technical theatre, you may be asked to prepare a brief presentation in response to a specific production brief.

All candidates invited to audition or to give a presentation will also be set a written task exploring their thoughts on the role of theatre in society, in some sense.

Expectations of a Drama Scholar

We expect the Drama Scholar to act as an ambassador for the work of the department, both academic and co-curricular.  It is therefore likely that they will have experience of GCSE Drama, and will take A level Theatre Studies.  However, students that have not been able to take the GCSE course should still apply.

We expect the Drama Scholar to have a proven enthusiasm for live theatre, making the most of what London has to offer and actively supporting all school productions.

The Drama Department has a range of leadership positions for Sixth Form students and we would expect the Drama Scholar to apply for one or more of these at the appropriate time in the school year.  Regardless of the outcome of this process we expect the Drama Scholar to be an active ambassador for the department, volunteering to support department staff and fellow students across the full range of extra-curricular projects throughout their two years in the Sixth Form.  

Drama Scholars enjoy

As a Drama Scholar you will receive complimentary individual Speech and Drama lessons throughout the Sixth Form, working towards Trinity Guildhall examinations; supporting your academic and production work, or helping you prepare for life after LEH.  Technical and design students will have the option of a personalised mentoring programme with the Theatre Manager.

The Drama Scholar will also receive complimentary tickets to all Sixth Form Theatre trips. 

Sport Scholarships (Sixth Form Internal Candidates only)

Sport scholarship information

16+ Application Process:

If you are a parent of an existing LEH girl moving into the Sixth Form, you will receive a letter from Mrs Hanbury in the autumn term of UV, asking if your daughter wishes to apply for any of the Sixth Form scholarships. If you would like your daughter to be considered for a Sport Scholarship, you must complete and return the enclosed Sixth Form Scholarships form by the given deadline. The Sport Scholarship is not open to external candidates joining LEH at Sixth Form.

As a candidate, you will also be asked to provide a sports curriculum vitae detailing your chosen sport, participation and achievements in your chosen sport and in other sports and, if appropriate, your sports outside school.

Open to:

Sports Scholarships are offered to current pupils who show exceptional ability in the sport of their choice (which may or may not be a School sport). You will be expected to have made a significant contribution to sport during your time at the school and intend to continue with that contribution during the Sixth Form.

What happens on the day?

Selected applicants will be invited to attend a short interview.

Expectations of a Sports Scholar

As the Sports Scholar, your contribution will not just relate to your participation, but will also include coaching and promotion of sport in general within the school. Other important factors include the level and breadth of contribution to school sport, reliability and leadership qualities amongst peers and performance as a role model for younger age groups.

Sport Scholars enjoy

Leading LEH sports teams, regularly captaining 1st teams and representing LEH (nationally) at sporting competitions.

STEM Scholarship (Sixth Form only)

stem scholarship information

The school will award one STEM Scholarship. This new scholarship is available following funding from a benefactor, Worldwide Energy Logistics Ltd

The recipient will be an applicant who demonstrates their passion for one or more STEM subjects and intends to pursue further study and possibly a career path in a STEM related area. It is open to external as well as internal candidates.

16+ Application Process:

If you are an external applicant applying for Sixth Form entry, and you wish to apply for the WELL STEM Scholarship, you should indicate this on your application form by ticking the appropriate box. 

If you are a parent of an existing LEH girl moving into the Sixth Form, you will receive a letter from Mrs Hanbury in the autumn term of UV, asking if your daughter wishes to apply for any of the Sixth Form scholarships. If you would like your daughter to be considered for the WELL STEM Scholarship, you must complete and return the enclosed Sixth Form Scholarships form by the given deadline.

As a prospective STEM Scholar you will be studying one or more STEM subjects at A Level (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Physics, Product Design). Please provide a covering letter with your application, explaining why you are applying and outlining your current plans for future study and potential career path. You will need to demonstrate a passion for your subjects and explain what you feel you could contribute to extracurricular life of the school.

Open to:

The STEM Scholarship is open to external and internal candidates entering the sixth form to study STEM subjects.

What happens on the day?

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to give a short presentation.

Expectations of a WELL STEM Scholar

The STEM Scholar is expected to be a positive role model for women in STEM and contribute to extracurricular activities.