Bedes Nursery, Prep School, Senior School, Summer School and Legat School Of Dance
Bedes Nursery, Prep School, Senior School, Summer School and Legat School Of Dance Scholarships and Bursaries available for boys and girls. Bedes spans two sites one in Eastbourne, East Sussex and the other in Sussex, England.
Private Schools That Offer Scholarships And Bursaries
As well as Bedes School other private schools that offer scholarships and bursaries are Roedean School, Abbotsholme School, Abingdon School, Ackworth School, Ampleforth College and St Martins Ampleforth School, Ardingly College, Ashville School, Bablake School, Bancrofts School and Abbey Gate College.
Bedes Scholarships are awarded by the Bedes Scholarship Trust, the scholarships available are for years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, a committee of Bedes staff make recommendations to the headmaster about who should get the scholarship. The Drama Scholarship is available for years 7 and 8 only whilst the Music Scholarship is only for year 5 and above and Performing Arts Scholarships are only for year 6 and above.
Students already at Bedes School who the school feel are academically gifted and should be applying for a scholarship will be asked to enter for a scholarship by the school, the student and the students parents can then decide if scholarship entry is something they would like to move forward with.
When parents complete the scholarship application form they are asked if they would like their child to be considered for a reduced fee scholarship or just for a scholarship award (for the prestige of winning the scholarship or if the parents also require a reduction in school fees due to the parents financial situation).
Parents will also be asked if they wish their child entered into non-means tested awards meaning the parents financial status (the parents ability to pay is not considered for a scholarship, means tested awards are what most private schools would refer to as a bursary). Non-means tested scholarship awards varies from reduced fees of 10% to 20% for the larger award, itís a small reduction in school fees along with the prestige of winning the award.
Parents will also be asked if they would like to enter their child in means tested reduced tuition fee awards which again award a maximum of a 20% reduction in course fees but will require the parents to prove their financial status through submitting bank statements, tax returns, child benefit letters and other documentation to show that the parents have insufficient money to fund their childís education if the fees cannot be reduced.
Parents will need to complete a Statement of Financial Circumstances form which is used to determine by how much the school fees can be reduced for their son or daughter. Typically scholarships and bursaries will be awarded up to 60% of the course fees, meaning parents will be required to pay for 40% of the course fees if their son or daughter is awarded a Full Scholarship.
If after completing the scholarship application forms the scholarship committee decide that the parents do not qualify for a means tested scholarship (because the parents financial situation is better than thought) then a non-means tested scholarship of a 20% reduction in course fees may be offered by Bedes instead.
No matter what year a scholarship starts the scholarship or bursary will continue until year 8, the scholarship or bursary must be renewed annually, either by determining the students progress in examinations or class work or by student behaviour or by the parents financial status, the process of the yearly renewals is easier than the original scholarship or bursary application.
Prep-school scholarships are not transferred to Senior School, all scholarships and bursaries awarded in the lower school do not continue upwards to senior school and parents and students must apply for another scholarship or bursary for senior school. Senior school scholarships should be applied for in year 8 with the scholarship due to start in year 9.
Once awarded a scholarship, students will need to maintain not only their academic standing as their grades should not fall over the years they have the scholarship but also their behaviour is an important aspect for maintaining the scholarship, the scholarship will be withdrawn if the students behaviour falls below that which Bedes deem is required for a scholarship student.
Bursaries Are Available Once Every Half Term
Bursaries are available once every half term, this is so that parents falling on hard times through loss of employment or due till health or many other reasons who find that they can no longer pay for their childís education can apply for a bursary to help towards the cost of their childís education.
Brother Or Sister Discount
If a child has a brother or sister already at Bedes School then a discount of 10% is automatically applied to each additional childís tuition fees, if either of a childís parents are in the Armed Forces (of any country) then a 10% discount on tuition fees and boarding fees is also available.
School Registration Forms And Scholarship Or Bursary Application Forms
School registration forms and scholarship or bursary application forms are available from the admissions office at Bedes School.
Academic Scholarships are available in years 3 and 4, the granting of the scholarship is by successful completion of an examination paper which is sat at Bedes School. The papers are designed to be of the appropriate level for boys and girls from state schools so parents and students should not worry that the papers are designed so that only students from independent schools can pass the paper, you wonít find Greek or Latin questions on the paper or anything else that a well educated state school student would not be able to answer.
Students applying for a scholarship sit an examination paper that is appropriate for their age group, parents and students do not need to worry that the child will be sitting a paper that is Ďtoo hardí for them to complete.
Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of examination results in the scholarship examinations, several papers will be taken by the students these include a Mathematics paper and a mental arithmetic test, English comprehension, English spelling, English grammar and English writing including a creative writing exercise and an information piece. Before the examination students will have to attended an interview with the Headmaster and students will need to wear their current school uniform when they meet the Headmaster and when they sit the examination papers.
Academic Scholarships are also available in years 5 to 8 and these follow exactly the same principles as the Academic Scholarships for years 3 and 4, the examination papers will be designed for the age of the student in order to test their abilities but not to trick them.
The examination papers are designed to asses the students potential, no past examination papers are available because Bedes School donít want students to learn the examination questions by heart as the examinations are not designed as a test of memory but as a way to gauge the students ability, past examination paper questions are unlikely to be reused in the current years examinations.
References Will Be Taken
References will be taken from the students current school where typically the headmaster must comment on the students academic ability and the character of the student, Bedes are looking for students with natural ability and leadership potential.
The students interview with the headmaster is set for the day before the examinations, at the headmasters interview there will also be a thirty minute general assessment to gauge the students general ability.
Music is an important part of Bedes School and students with musical ability will be looked upon favourably as there are many choirs, orchestras, ensembles and concerts held throughout the school year, students with musical ability are encouraged to sit for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music exams (ABRS exams), instruments students can choose to play at Bedes School include Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Double Bass, Djembe, Drums, Electric Guitar, Flute, Oboe, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet and Violin.
Drama Scholarships are available for students in years 7 and 8 with an audition required for students looking to be awarded this scholarship, the audition is half interview and half the students chance to show dramatic ability. Students must rehearse a three minute long drama piece and perform this piece at the audition, the piece should be well practised and polished and must not be from a Shakespearean play, the script must be made available to the school at audition time.
Students will also be asked to improvise a piece of drama and students may bring any props that they require for their three minute piece to the school with them. Students will be asked to talk about any theatre groups, productions or workshops that they have been involved with either inside school or in their own free time. Itís important that students bring actual evidence of the students appearance in plays and performances with them, this evidence might include photographs of the play showing the student acting or a review of a performance in a school or a local paper or an event programme showing the students name in the programme.
The day before the audition students will be required to attend an interview with the headmaster and sit a thirty minute general assessment paper.
Years 6, 7 and 8 can apply for a Performing Arts Scholarship this involves three different areas Drama, Music and Dance. Year 6 students cannot apply for a drama scholarship on its own but can apply for a Performing Arts scholarship which has drama as an option. Students who want to major in dance as part of the Performing Arts Scholarship will have a separate dance audition.
Performing Arts Audition
The Performing Arts audition is part dance and part interview, students will attend a dance lesson and after the lesson the students must perform two of the dances, students should come to the audition knowing two separate dance pieces that they will need to perform, these dance pieces may be their own creation or part of a piece of work from their current school dance teacher.
The two dances selected for audition should be a maximum of two minutes in length and designed to show the students best abilities. Dance disciplines studied at the school and which can be selected for the two dances to perform on audition are either ballet, contemporary, creative dance an original piece of choreography, musical theatre, hip hop, street jazz or tap, thatís a wide range of different dance styles and students or parents might think that an independent school like Bedes school would not offer such dance options as hip hop, its important to realise that a student is able to win a Performing Arts Scholarship to study at Bedes School by auditioning with a hip hop dance routine, thatís quite a progressive private school that makes such options available to their students.
For the audition students can bring any props they need for their dance and any music they need on CD, there is no need to wear any special costumes for the dance audition and students should just wear appropriate dance wear, whilst students can bring their examination certificates with them if they wish the Performing Arts Scholarship is all about dance potential and that is what the school is looking for, if the student has no formal examination qualifications to show then that will not count against the student when applying for the Performing Arts Scholarship.
As with all other types of scholarship awards students will need to be interviewed by the headmaster the day before the audition and sit a general test paper of thirty minutes duration. Past students at Bedes School have gone onto perform with some of the best ballet schools in the country including White Lodge, Royal Ballet School, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, the Royal Opera House, the Peacock Theatre, London Childrenís Ballet and Southern Youth Ballet.
For years 3 and 4 there is also a Sports Scholarship where the student will attend a day of sports trials including sports games and tennis, there is also an option to be considered for swimming if that is one of the sports that the student is good at, a swimming test will be organised with the Head of Swimming for students who indicate on the scholarship application form that they are a swimmer.
Sports Scholarship students will attend a taster day at the school to experience lessons and life at Bedes School, on the taster day they will also be a general assessment test that will last for thirty minutes.