Scholarships are currently available for Academic, Art, Music, Sport, Drama (16+ only) and Design Technology (16+ only).

To be considered for a Kingston Grammar School Scholarship, the candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, their chosen scholarship and also be willing to contribute to the active life of our community. They must also satisfy the academic requirements as assessed in the school entrance examinations and interviews.

The award of a scholarship is not dependent upon parental income, and may be augmented by a means tested bursary.

Academic Scholarships 

At 11+, 13+ and 16+, Academic Scholarships are by invitation only. At 11+, those candidates who achieve a high standard in their entrance examination will be invited to return to attend the Scholarship assessments. At 13+ and 16+, invitations will be sent based on performance in our entrance examination. All candidates sitting the scholarship examination will be invited for a series of interviews, more details of which will be given to the candidates at the scholarship examination.

Art Scholarships

At 11+, 13+ and 16+, candidates are requested to submit a selection of up to 10 pieces of work not exceeding A1 size. The sample of work should include original paintings, drawings and possibly collage, print-making and photographic samples.The work must include art ideas produced at home as well as those completed at school over the past two years. The standard should demonstrate the candidate’s knowledge of perspective, academic pencil studies, inventive use of colour and ability to work with a wide variety of materials. It should be a lively and imaginative set of work demonstrating the candidate’s true potential in all aspects of this subject. A folder of work should be brought on the day of assessment clearly labelled. Models, sculptures, wooden or glass-framed pictures will not be accepted; however, photographs of such artefacts are most welcome and worthy of inclusion.

Art Scholars are selected based on an excellent folder of work, examination and interview. The 11+ Art assessment and interview usually take place in January. Folders of work can be taken home after the assessments.

Music Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to those who show outstanding potential on an instrument, preferably orchestral. As a guide, candidates should have achieved a good pass at Grade 5 standard at age 11 and Grade 7 at 16. Ability to play a second instrument is desirable, though not essential. Auditions will consist of:

Performance of one prepared piece for main instrument (an accompanist may be provided)

  • Sight reading
  • Aural tests, including singing
  • Performance of prepared piece
  • on second instrument or voice (if applicable). If a second instrument or voice is not being offered, two pieces on the main instrument should be prepared
  • An interview with the Director of Music

Sport Scholarships

Candidates applying for main school entry at 11+ and 13+ must demonstrate a combination of athletic ability and hand-eye co-ordination; for example, the child will win events at school sports day, play for the school sports team and be able to catch a ball with either hand. For 16+ entry candidates must perform at county level or above.

At 11+ there will be a short fitness-based pre-assessment for all applicants. Those who pass this will be invited to the full assessment where a mixture of sports may be played.  At 13+ and 16+, assessment is by arrangement in November.

The scholarship application form for the above subjects (excluding Academic) will be made available to you within the Admissions Portal once you have successfully completed a registration form.