What’s the difference between a Scholarship and a Bursary?

Scholarships are awarded during the admissions process to recognise talented pupils who show great promise in a particular area of school life.

Scholars are expected to act as role models in their fields of interest. We have a specialised programme of extension activities and opportunities appropriate to particular areas of talent.

RMS offers Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sports Scholarships at 11+, 16+ and on occasion at 13+ for pupils joining in Year 9. All-Round Scholarships are awarded at the Head Teacher’s discretion to candidates who show promise in more than one area. Scholarship awards are a maximum of 25% of the annual fees.

Bursaries are means-tested awards that enable candidates, whose families could not otherwise afford the fees, to benefit from an education at RMS.

Bursaries are awarded if the applicant is successful in the school entrance exams for 11+, or is accepted as a student for Sixth Form, the family is eligible for a bursary and there are sufficient funds available. Please note that priority is given to applicants for whom the bursary will be most transformational.

Our bursaries are awarded thanks to the generosity of benefactors, former pupils, other parents, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation with whom the school maintains a strong and historic link. 

Eligibility criteria for Bursaries

Bursary awards range from partial to full 100% awards, with additional support for uniform and extras. 

Parents who wish to apply for a bursary will be asked by the school to complete a Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances form. The form is confidential and requires full information about the family’s financial circumstances, with supporting documentation. The school uses an independent company, Bursary Administration Ltd (BAL), to review and assess bursary applications.  The criteria depend on a range of financial variables, you can find helpful guidelines within our Bursary Policy

Applying for a means-tested bursary or scholarship

To apply for a means tested-bursary or scholarship simply indicate your intention on the registration form before the application deadlines. You will automatically be sent the relevant forms to complete.

Internal Year 7 and Sixth Form Scholarship candidates will be provided with a link to the online application form as they are not required to first register for a place. Pupils move seamlessly from one part of the school to the next. The selection criteria are the same for internal and external candidates.

The deadline for bursary and scholarship applications for entry in September 2023 has now passed. Please contact the Admissions team for further information.

RMS is a proud member of The London Fee Assistance Consortium (LFAC) and supports the group’s ongoing ambition to raise awareness of the financial support available to students hoping to attend one of the top schools in and around London.


Our Scholarships

11+ Academic Scholarship

Academic scholarships are awarded to those pupils who demonstrate the greatest potential for academic excellence. Achieving an Academic Scholarship is the start of an exciting journey at RMS for Girls with our scholars regularly achieving outstanding performance at GCSE and A Level before being accepted for courses at the strongest UK universities.

Pupils are developed intellectually and “learn how to think” (their words) through a Scholarship Class that is by invitation only, and which places our Academic Scholars in Years 7-9 together one week, and Years 10-13 the alternate week.

Working with older pupils of exceptional ability stretches all pupils, and the tasks each week encourage out-of-the-box thinking, requiring pupils to solve problems from a different perspective, to appreciate and evaluate grey areas, and learn how to approach problems when you are not sure what you should do!

Visiting speakers and academic trips are organised throughout the year with the specific aim to constantly stretch and challenge the raw potential of exceptional capable young women. Students also take part in many subject-specific competitions, with our scholars in recent years winning prestigious national competitions such as the GCHQ CyberFirst competition.

In return, academic scholars are expected to regularly attend the Scholarship Class, to be committed to self-improvement, to help others to learn within the classroom, and to be proud to lead the school academically by participating in all appropriate internal and external competitions and events.

The Assessment Process for an 11+ Academic Scholarship

All 11+ applicants are considered potential academic scholars and no separate application is necessary as the School entrance assessment provides the first stage of that process. Based on the results of the entrance assessments in January, a small number of candidates will then be invited to return for Academic Scholarship testing.  This process is led by the Head of Senior School, Ms Rachel Bailey.

11+ Art Scholarship

Art Scholars are at the heart of the cultural life of RMS. Their creativity inspires the school community through displays of their work all around RMS.

We expect our Art Scholars to immerse themselves in their subject in lessons and through the wide range of activities we provide. Scholars have access to a diverse and exciting range of processes and media, from drawing, painting and printmaking, to sculpture, ceramics, digital media, photography, design technology and textiles. Each of these areas is staffed by an experienced and talented group of teachers and technicians.

The success of the Art Scholars’ programme is reflected by the large number of pupils whose passion and enthusiasm are nurtured to such an extent that they pursue further study and careers in Art after they leave RMS.

Art Scholars are mentored by the department. They are given opportunities to discuss their specialisms and develop their techniques.

The Art Scholars’ Programme typically includes:

  • opportunities to work with visiting artists who have expertise in a wide variety of media.
  • visits to museums, galleries and other places of interest.
  • regular additional sessions to give scholars the opportunity to develop the techniques and approaches that they have explored in workshops.

In return Art Scholars are expected to:

  • demonstrate their genuine passion for Art beyond the classroom.
  • show a commitment to continually improving their technical skill.
  • show a commitment to trying new media and techniques.
  • study GCSE and A level Art and/or Textiles, DT, or Photography.

The Assessment Process for an 11+ Art Scholarship

  • To apply for an Art Scholarship candidates are asked to submit a virtual portfolio (eg by attachment of photographs or submitted in a Powerpoint presentation) of no fewer than five and no more than 10 pieces of artwork completed in Years 5 and 6 only.
  • From these initial applications, the Art Department will select candidates whom they feel have genuine scholarship potential.

On Assessment Day

  • Candidates must bring all of the original work featured in the online submission. Work should be presented neatly and cleanly; we will be happy to view photographs of 3D work. We would also like to see a sketchbook of the candidate’s drawings.
  • Candidates will be given a practical task to complete.
  • Each candidate will be interviewed by members of the Art Department, and will be expected to talk about her own work, her general interest in the subject, and other Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs Maxine Nichols, Director of Visual Arts: mnichols@rmsforgirls.com

11+ Drama Scholarship

Drama Scholars enrich the experience of everybody at RMS. Through their talent, performances, and their commitment to School productions they make a valuable contribution to the School’s cultural life.

Drama Scholars involve themselves in all aspects of School drama from auditions to trips, workshops to clubs, in addition to studying Drama as an academic subject. Drama Scholars will also support the extra-curricular theatre programme and have the opportunity to learn about technical aspects of theatre and production alongside our full-time technician.

Drama Scholars are supported and mentored by the Head of Drama, Mrs Kathryn Newby, and they are given opportunities to discuss their development in the performing arts and their aspirations.

The Drama Scholarship Programme provides opportunities for the students to develop their individual talents as an actress, alongside offering activities that will allow them to gain a deeper cultural knowledge, e.g. by theatre visits and workshops that allow the students to see and experience a diverse range of performance styles.

Opportunities to perform abound at RMS as it is a well-established and popular subject. The recently developed facilities boast a fully equipped Production Room and a Recording and a green screen studio with editing suite. Scholars showcase their talents in school performances in both musical productions and plays and can also develop their design and direction skills in a range of projects.  We are also fortunate to have specialised teachers who organise and coordinate a series of LAMDA lessons that focus even further on the development of specific and vital performance skills.

RMS students consistently achieve outstanding results with many awarded places at leading universities and drama schools such as RADA, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and LAMDA.

Drama Scholars are expected to

  • participate in performing arts activities proactively
  • develop their talent by attending LAMDA classes or a theatre group
  • represent the School in drama events at School and in other appropriate competitions
  • be a role model for Drama with younger students
  • study GCSE Drama and Performing and Production Arts BTEC

The Assessment Process for an 11+ Drama Scholarship

To apply for a Drama Scholarship candidates should complete the online application form and provide an application letter of no more than a page outlining the pupil’s interests and achievements in the subject.  No portfolio is accepted.

On Assessment Day

  • Candidates will perform one prepared monologue of no more than two minutes from a published play.
  • Candidates should then be prepared to perform and work individually with the Drama teacher and take part in a short group workshop.
  • Each candidate will be interviewed by members of the Drama Department and will be expected to talk about their performances and their general interest in the subject.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs Kathryn Newby, Head of Drama: knewby@rmsforgirls.com

11+ Music Scholarship

Music at RMS is exciting and diverse, featuring regular performances of a remarkable standard. The department is renowned for its friendly, yet energetic and stimulating environment, offering a wide range of opportunities for all pupils and helping them to reach their full potential. The quality of teaching in the Music Department is outstanding. The full-time and visiting music teachers bring a broad range of professional musical experience to the benefit of pupils. A full-time sound engineer records concerts and works with pupils in a variety of ways, including the recording of course work.

The recently opened Performing Arts Centre is an impressive facility for teaching music and includes ten teaching/practice rooms, two large classrooms, a technology suite, a recording studio and green room, a drum room and a recital hall.   Elsewhere the School Chapel with its exceptional acoustics seats 500 and boasts a pipe organ and the Great Hall seating more than 800 provides a perfect performance venue. The facilities are amongst the best in the country and pupils enjoy teaching and coaching from a large team of inspirational specialists in their chosen fields.

Musical Scholars are mentored by the Director of Music, Mr Simon Werner. They are provided with opportunities to discuss and to develop their specialisms. We are proud to offer our Musical Scholars the opportunity to perform and further their musicianship through a variety of instrumental ensembles and choirs which are led by our experienced music staff.

The Music Scholar Programme is designed to further extend our students’ knowledge and passion for the subject, to provide as much experience in performing, composing and appraising as possible, and to facilitate pupils building the necessary skills to prosper as a musician whether it be in a demanding and competitive field as a professional or amateur.

The Music Scholars’ Programme typically includes:

  • tutorials by members of the Music Department to support and encourage pupils’ musical development
  • mentor support from older Music Scholars
  • free music lessons every term in one instrument
  • encouragement to try out other instruments of their choice, where appropriate
  • where applicable, individual learning programmes are designed to meet the demands and needs of those wishing to study music at conservatoire or university following RMS for Girls

In return, Music Scholars are expected to:

  • participate fully in music ensembles appropriate to their talents
  • practise regularly
  • take part in concerts as required, and to lead by example
  • take music as one of their academic options at GCSE
  • support other members of the School in their music making

Scholars are also encouraged to take part in competition (performing and composing), attend concerts and are regularly advised of relevant master classes/lectures that are being held.

The Assessment Process for an 11+ Music Scholarship

  • To apply for a Music Scholarship candidates must provide an application letter of no more than a page outlining the pupil’s interests and achievements in the subject and a reference from their current music teacher or Head of Music. This reference can be in letter form or on the Music Teacher Reference Template.
  • As a guide, candidates should be playing at least Grade 5 standard on their main instrument and Grade 3 on their second instrument, but promise, potential, and relevant music experience as well as being willing to commit to Music Department activities are as important as examination achievement.
  • From these initial applications, the Music Department will select candidates whom they feel have genuine scholarship potential.

On Assessment Day

  • Auditions will take place at RMS for Girls
  • Directions and a detailed timetable will be sent to parents in the week prior to the audition
  • Auditions for each candidate will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • The Director of Music, Mr Simon Werner, and another member of the Music Department will assess the performances.
  • Each candidate will be required to perform either:

two contrasting pieces at a minimum of Grade 5 standard on one instrument, or voice together with sight-reading, scales and aural tests.

Or

one piece on their first instrument or voice at a minimum of Grade 5 standard  AND one piece on their second instrument or voice at a minimum of Grade 3 standard together with sight-reading, scales and aural tests.

  • The school can provide an accompanist, but we will require the music for 11+ scholars one week in advance of the audition.
  • There will also be a viva voce with Mr Werner at which candidates will be asked questions about their musical experiences and ambitions.

We welcome applications on any instrument or voice and in any style or genre.

For auditions held for entry in September 2023 the school is actively looking to recruit ‘string’ scholars. Whilst we are always seeking exceptional scholars on any instrument, string players will be given particular consideration for this audition round.

For further guidance, please contact Mr Simon Werner, Director of Music swerner@rmsforgirls.com

11+ Sport Scholarship

RMS is synonymous with sporting excellence and Sports Scholars play an important part in ensuring our continued success. Our Scholars are talented and determined young women who relish the challenge of competing at the highest levels of school, national, and international sport.

The School has enviable sporting facilities. The Sports Centre includes a fitness suite, spin room, yoga studio squash courts, gymnasium and a double sports hall. There is a 4G all-weather pitch, tennis courts and netball courts.  The campus also has extensive grass pitches, a golf course and trim trail.

The Cornerstones Programme for Sports Scholars forms the foundation of sporting success and is tailored to individual needs.  Under the guidance of the Director of Sport, Mrs Lucy Cooper, Sports Scholars will have an opportunity to develop a strength and conditioning programme in conjunction with Nuffield Health and attend regular mentor meetings to set goals and monitor the balance between their sporting and school commitments.

Sports scholars are invited to half termly workshops covering all aspects of sport including psychology and nutrition. The programme also includes:

  • A half-termly progress meeting with the Director of Sport
  • One-to-one coaching opportunities
  • Access to coaching masterclasses
  • Personal training programmes developed through Nuffield Health

In return Sports Scholars are expected to:

  • act as a role model to peers in the curricular and extracurricular programme
  • contribute fully to the extracurricular programme, showing commitment and representation in at least two of the school’s sporting activities (netball, hockey, gymnastics, athletics, tennis and swimming).
  • be available to represent the School when required, and it is generally assumed that school fixtures take precedence over any club fixtures.

The Assessment Process for an 11+ Sport Scholarship

  • To apply for a Sports Scholarship, candidates should in the first instance complete the online registration form and scholarship application, which includes an application letter of no more than one A4 page outlining the pupil’s interests and achievements in the subject.
  • 11+ candidates should be County-level or equivalent honours in at least one chosen sport or identified potential across a variety of sports, with supporting documentation from a qualified coach.
  • A compulsory reference from current Head of PE/Class Teacher is required by external candidates, and from any relevant Sports Coaches detailing current attainment levels, achievements and potential. References should also include how long the pupil has been involved in her sport, level of progression, level of competition and success, response to coaching, strengths and weaknesses. Please pass this Sport Referee Form to your child’s coach for completion
  • From these initial applications, the PE Department will select candidates whom they feel have genuine scholarship potential.

On Assessment Day

Candidates will:

  • be tested to assess above-average level of aerobic fitness in the NCF Multi Stage Fitness Test. Details of this test can be found here.
  • have the opportunity to demonstrate their chosen sport, if this is in any way possible; if this is not possible, candidates will be asked to provide video evidence of their chosen activity
  • be interviewed about their sporting interests and ambitions by the Director of Sport and/or a member of the PE Department
  • play netball as part of the assessment day (this is not part of the selection process unless netball is chosen as their main sport).

Apply

To apply for an 11+ Sports Scholarship please complete the online application form. In addition, we require video evidence, where possible, to demonstrate the candidate’s skill level which should be uploaded along with the references when completing the online application form.  Referees may be contacted as part of the selection process. Coaches may use the Sports Referee Form or a letter format for references.

For further guidance please contact the Director Sport, Mrs Lucy Cooper lcooper@rmsforgirls.com or the Admissions Office admissions@rmsforgirls.com

Sixth Form Academic Scholarship

Achieving an Academic Scholarship is the start of an exciting journey at RMS for Girls,  we encourage our most able students to aim high from the very start. We offer a series of clubs and events throughout the year with the specific aim to stretch and challenge beyond the curriculum. The weekly Scholarship Club is open to all age groups and encourages out-of-the-box thinking and solving problems from a different perspective. Students also take part in many subject-specific competitions, national and international events.

16+ Scholarships are open to internal and external candidates. It is expected that an academic scholar will achieve all GCSEs at Grade 8 or 9. Scholarships last for the duration of a student’s time at RMS including the Sixth Form, internal candidates already in receipt of an award need not reapply.

To apply for a Sixth Form Academic Scholarship please register online and complete the scholarship application form.

During Scholarship Week (Tuesday 23rd November – Friday 2nd December 2022) candidates will be invited to RMS for the following:

  • 1-hour exam in a chosen subject area (English, Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Science). You should specify this on your application form
  • Complete a 45-minute critical thinking paper
  • Attend an interview with a member(s) of the Senior Leadership team.

We expect all scholars to play a full and active part in the area for which they have been awarded a scholarship, which may involve inspiring others, supporting younger students as well as demonstrating an ongoing passion and commitment to that area of school life.

For further guidance please contact Marc Carter, Head of Admissions, by email admissions@rmsforgirls.com  or telephone 01923 725354.

Sixth Form Art, Textiles or Design Technology Scholarship

Scholars are also at the heart of the cultural life of the School. Their creativity, imagination and proficiency influence and inspire the whole School community. Their regular displays of work around RMS attract interest, admiration, debate and discussion.

We expect our Scholars to immerse themselves in their subject not just in lessons but through the wide range of activities we provide. They have access to a diverse and exciting range of processes and media, from drawing, painting and printmaking, to sculpture, ceramics, digital media, photography, design technology and textiles. Each of these areas is staffed by an experienced and talented group of teachers and technicians.

The success of the  Scholars’ programme is reflected by the large number of pupils whose passion and enthusiasm are nurtured to such an extent that they pursue further study and careers in art and design after they leave RMS.

Creative thinking, experimentation and independent learning are an integral part of this life-enhancing subject. Along with the study of art and culture, from antiquity to the modern day, pupils’ technique and skill base are encouraged by regular visits to museums and galleries in the UK and overseas and from attending talks by visiting artists and specialists across a range of media.

Scholars are mentored by the appropriate department. They are given opportunities to meet and discuss their specialisms and develop their techniques.

The Scholars’ Programme normally includes but is not limited to:

  • opportunities to work with visiting artists and specialists who have expertise in a wide variety of media.
  • visits to museums, galleries and other places of interest
  • regular additional sessions to give scholars the opportunity to develop the techniques and approaches that they have explored in workshops.

In return scholars are expected to:

  • take A level Art and/or Textiles, Design and Technology,  photography
  • have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for art beyond the classroom. They should enjoy exploring the subject and be open-minded and inquisitive individuals.
  • continue to improve their technical skill and should enjoy working from observation as well as trying new media and techniques.

16+ Art /Textile/Design Technology Scholarships

Candidates will be asked to attend for an interview with staff from Departments. At the interview, a candidate’s work, interests and reasons for applying for the Scholarship will be discussed.

Candidates will be required to present a portfolio of work, which should include:

  • work produced both in and out of school highlighting particular areas of interest
  • sketchbooks, notebooks and photographs, as well as finished work.
  • a range of work in a variety of media.
  • examples of written work
  • a reference from the student’s current Head of Art/Textiles/Design Technology should be submitted with the letter of application.

The work should be presented in a logical and ordered fashion. Over-elaborate presentation is unnecessary. Large pieces can be shown using photographs.

Should you have any questions or for further details please contact Mrs Maxine Nichols, Director of Visual Arts: mnichols@rmsforgirls.com

 

Sixth Form Music Scholarships

Music at RMS is exciting, diverse and of a remarkable standard. The department is renowned for its friendly, yet energetic and stimulating environment, offering a wide range of opportunities for all pupils and helping them to reach their full potential, whatever their musical aspirations.

The recently opened Performing Arts Centre is an impressive facility for teaching music and includes ten teaching/practice rooms, two large classrooms, a technology suite, a recording studio and green room, a drum room, and a recital hall. Elsewhere the School Chapel with its exceptional acoustics seats 500 and boasts a pipe organ and the Great Hall seating more than 800 provides a perfect performance venue. The facilities are amongst the best in the country and pupils enjoy teaching and coaching from a large team of inspirational specialists in their chosen fields. The full-time and visiting music teachers bring a broad range of professional musical experience to the benefit of pupils. A full-time sound engineer records concerts and works with pupils in a variety of ways, including the recording of coursework.

Musical Scholars are mentored by the Director of Music, Mr Simon Werner. They are given opportunities to meet and discuss their specialisms. We are proud to offer our Musical Scholars the opportunity to perform and further their musicianship through a variety of instrumental ensembles and choirs which are led by our experienced music staff.

The Music Scholar Programme is designed to further extend our students’ knowledge and passion for the subject, to have as much experience in performing, composing, and appraising as possible, and to have the advice to be able to build the necessary skills to prosper as a musician whether it be in a demanding and competitive field as a professional or amateur.

The Music Scholars’ Programme includes:

• tutorials by members of the Music Department to support and encourage their musical development

• free music lessons

• encouragement to try out other instruments of their choice, where appropriate.

• where applicable, individual learning programmes are designed to meet the demands and needs of those wishing to study music at conservatoire or university following RMS for Girls

In return, Music Scholars are expected to:

• participate fully in music ensembles appropriate to their talents

• practise regularly

• take part in concerts as required and to lead by example

• support other members of the School in their music-making

We would like music scholars to take A level music but it is not essential.

Scholars are also encouraged to take part in competitions (performing and composing), attend concerts, and are regularly advised of relevant masterclasses/lectures that are being held.

Assessment at 16+

• Auditions will take place at RMS for Girls during Sixth Form Assessment week

• Directions and a detailed timetable will be sent to parents the week prior to the audition.

• Auditions for each candidate will last approximately 30 minutes.

• The Director of Music, Mr Simon Werner, and another member of the Music Department will assess the performances.

• As a guide, candidates should be at least Grade 7 standard on their main instrument and Grade 5 on their second instrument, but promise, potential and relevant music experience as well as being willing to commit to Music Department activities are as important as examination achievement.

• Each candidate will be required to perform either:

two contrasting pieces at a minimum of Grade 7 standard on one instrument or voice together with sight-reading, scales and aural tests.

Or

one piece on their first instrument or voice at a minimum of Grade 7 standard  AND one piece on their second instrument or voice at a minimum of Grade 5 standard together with sight-reading and scales.

• We welcome applications on any instrument or voice and in any style or genre. Ror entry in September 2023 the school is actively looking to recruit ‘string’ scholars. Whilst there are always extra incentives for exceptional scholars on any instrument, string players will be given special consideration for this audition round.

• The School can provide an accompanist, but we will require the music for 16+ scholars one week in advance of the audition.

• There will also be a viva voce with Mr Simon Werner, Director of Music, at which candidates will be asked questions about their musical experiences and ambitions.

  • A reference is required from the candidate’s current school/music teacher in advance. This can be in letter form or our Music Teacher Reference Template.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory would be advantageous but is not essential
  • 16+ candidates are not required to take any additional aural tests

For further guidance, please contact Mr Werner  swerner@rmsforgirls.com

Sixth Form Drama Scholarship

To recognise talent in Drama candidates can be assessed either through Performance or Design skills.

Drama Scholars at RMS enrich everyone’s School experience. Through their performances, design and technical work backstage, their talent makes a valuable contribution to the School’s cultural life while they benefit from an academic education.

Academically, Drama at RMS is a popular choice at GCSE and in Year 12 students can continue their studies with the Drama and Theatre  A level. RMS students consistently achieve outstanding results with many awarded places at leading universities, as well as world-leading drama schools such as RADA, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and LAMDA.

Drama Scholars are supported by the Head of Drama, Mrs Kathryn Newby and they are given opportunities to meet and discuss their involvement in Drama and their aspirations.

The Drama programme provides opportunities for the students to develop their individual talents on and backstage, as well as offering a range of activities which will allow them to gain a deeper cultural knowledge, thus enhancing their creative and collaborative skills. Scholars are encouraged to visit the theatre as much as possible and we take full advantage of our proximity to London’s outstanding theatrical venues, allowing the students to see an diverse range of performance styles.

 Scholars will have the chance to showcase their talents in school performances as well as being involved in directing younger students. We are also fortunate to have specialised teachers who organise and co-ordinate a series of LAMDA lessons which focus even further on the development of specific and vital performance skills.

Drama/Performing Arts Scholars are expected to

  • participate in Drama activities proactively
  • develop their talent by attending LAMDA classes or a theatre group
  • represent the School in Drama events at School, local and other appropriate competitions
  • be a role model for drama with younger students
  • Take Drama  A Level

Assessment Process 16+ Entry

Candidates can be assessed as either a Performer or Designer. 

Performance Candidates:

Candidates must perform two monologues taken from published plays. They should prepare one classical and  one contemporary monologue that a not greater than two minutes in length. They need to be prepared to workshop these pieces. 

This will then be followed by a short interview.

A reference from a student’s external Drama/ LAMDA teacher or a director they have worked with (if applicable) should be submitted with the application form and the letter of application using the Application Guidelines, stating the reasons why they are applying for a Drama Scholarship.

Design Candidates:

Scholarship applicants must choose one of the following: Set Design, Lighting Design or Costume Design.

Task One: Curriculum Vitae

Candidates should detail their production experience (and performance experience if applicable) to date giving specific information about the roles they have taken and the responsibilities they have had. Candidates may also include a section detailing the particular production skills they possess, and the specific training they have undertaken. Candidates may support their CV with a portfolio of past work.

Task Two: Speculative Design

Candidates should choose one of the two given scenes, either from Into the Woods or Hamlet, and create one of the speculative designs as detailed below:

Set Design: Decide upon a venue for the production. We recommend you choose a venue you know well, for example the Space at RMS, Watersmeet Theatre, or your school theatre/hall. Create a set design for this stage for the chosen scene. It is expected that you will consider Health and Safety issues in your design.

Lighting Design: Create an annotated script marking how you would use lighting in the scene, not just at the beginning of the scene but also including lighting changes/cues during the scene. You may accompany the script with a lighting plot and/or diagrams.

Costume Design: Create a design for each of the characters in the scene. You must detail types of fabric and should consider an estimated budget necessary for the design. You should also be able to justify your design decisions.

For further guidance please contact Mrs Kathyrn Newby knewby@rmsforgirls.com

Sixth Form Sport Scholarships

RMS is synonymous with sporting excellence and Sports Scholars play an important part in ensuring our continued success. Our Scholars are talented and determined young women who relish the challenge of competing at the highest levels of school, national, and international sport.

The School has enviable sporting facilities.  The Sports Centre includes a fitness suite, spin room, yoga studio, squash courts, gymnasium and a double sports hall. There is a 4G all-weather pitch, tennis courts and netball courts.  The campus also has extensive grass pitches, a golf course and a trim trail.

The Cornerstones Programme for Sports Scholars forms the foundation of sporting success and is tailored to individual needs.  Under the guidance of the Director of Sport, Mrs Lucy Cooper, Sports Scholars have the opportunity to develop a strength and conditioning program in conjunction with Nuffield Health and attend regular mentor meetings to set goals and monitor the balance between their sporting and school commitments.

Sports scholars are invited to half-termly workshops covering all aspects of sport including psychology and nutrition. The programme also includes:

  • A half-termly one-to-one progress meeting with the Director of Sport
  • One-to-one coaching opportunities
  • Access to coaching masterclasses
  • Personal training programmes developed through Nuffield Health

In return Sports Scholars are expected to:

  • act as a role model to peers in the curricular and extracurricular programme
  • contribute fully to the extracurricular programme, showing commitment and representation in at least two of the school’s sporting activities (netball, hockey, gymnastics, athletics and swimming).
  • be available to represent the School when required,  it is generally assumed that school fixtures take precedence over club commitments.

16+ Sports Scholar requirements

  • Minimum County level or equivalent honours in a chosen sport with supporting references from a qualified Sports coach
  • Provide video evidence of performance and skill in chosen sport(s)
  • ​​​Candidates will sit a written examination to assess their attitude and motivation towards physical activity and sport.
  • ​Candidates will have an informal interview with the Director of Sport about their sporting interests and ambitions.
  • Candidates should intend to follow the A Level Physical Education course, but this is not essential.
  • Supply a reference from a student’s current Head of PE (external candidates only). References should include how long the pupil has been involved in the sport, the level of progression, competition and success, response to coaching, strengths and weaknesses. Please pass the  Sport Referee Form to your coach for completion.

Further details are available from Mrs Lucy Cooper, Director of Sport,  lcooper@rmsforgirls.com

Apply for a Sixth Form Sports Scholarship here.

Where possible, we require video evidence to demonstrate the candidate’s skill level which should be uploaded with the online application form.

Guidance for video submission:

  • Identify the candidate on camera beforehand showing their bib etc.
  • For team sport please provide 10 minutes, if possible, of a match or training session. The video should include the whole pitch/court so we can assess how the candidate responds in games situations and also some close -up footage of their skills and performance.
  • For gymnastics video footage of routines/apparatus work is ideal.

For further guidance please contact Mrs Lucy Cooper  lcooper@rmsforgirls.com

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Parent of a current bursary recipient 2022