We are keen to provide exceptional opportunities to talented children and this scholarship program is designed to encourage children with talents in a range of areas to apply and potentially benefit from an outstanding education. Awards may attract up to 30% remission off the basic day fee. The emphasis is on identifying potential and we are also determined that any children who visit Moor Park enjoy the experience: the process is designed to be fun as well as giving us an insight into the potential of each child. A short and hopefully non-threatening academic assessment will also form part of the day so that we can get a sense of whether a child will be able to benefit from the Moor Park curriculum.
The following gives families an insight into each department as well as how potential is to be assessed in each case.
Families who decide to apply for one or more of these awards should fill in an online application form via this link. This asks for basic personal details but also requires families to fill in a personal statement in support of an application. Feel free to work on this with each child so that we have an accurate impression of their skills and attributes. The deadline for applications is 7th January, 2019, and we will contact families with details of the next phase of the process soon afterwards.
Teaching at Moor Park goes beyond the mundane search for exam results, as successful as the school is at preparing children for these inevitable assessments. Academic awards have been won to some of the most prestigious schools in the country in recent years including Harrow, Radley and Shrewsbury and children regularly transfer to schools with extremely stringent entrance criteria such as Winchester College, Eton and Cheltenham Ladies’ College. More than this, however, teachers at Moor Park have been challenged to encourage specific thinking skills in children from Nursery to Year 8 as part of the school’s Moor Park Mindsets initiative. Creativity, curiosity, confidence, critical thought, independence and resilience are all outcomes from a Moor Park education because we feel that these are the habits of mind that children will need in order to be successful in a rapidly changing and A.I. dominated world. The Moor Park staff are extremely well qualified, passionate about their craft and the children they teach and they create an environment where it is cool to be bright, curious and hard working.
Assessments will be tailored to the age of the child but are likely to contain tests designed to identify academic potential. English and maths are likely to form the basis for any assessment and creativity and flair are valued as much as high-end traditional attainment.
The process will also involve an interview with the Director of Teaching and Learning. This is designed to identify:
The Moor Park art department has been a strength of the school for many years, as testified by the extensive list of art scholarships won to the full range of senior schools. Awards have been won to Marlborough, Shrewsbury and Malvern College in recent times to name but a few. The department benefits from a spacious teaching room, ceramics room with kilns and a scholars’ loft where potential scholars are given their own desk on which their work can be left, meaning no disruption to the creative process.
Teaching is superb and designed to allow full rein to the children’s own creative energy. The portfolios that result are utterly unique to each individual child and the standard they reach is often described by visitors as being of GCSE or even A Level in standard at times.
Children will be asked to bring in a piece of work that they are proud of and discussion of this piece will form part of an interview with the Head of Art. They may also be asked to create a piece of art work on the day and will be given access to all the materials they will need.
The process is designed to identify the following:
Moor Park has recently opened a brand new Drama Department complete with studio and teaching room. Nestled between the beautiful trees surrounding Moor Park, the studio is a safe environment for pupils to act, dance, play music and generally let themselves go. The studio is furnished with blackout blinds, stage lighting, a state of the art sound system, projector and staging. A drama scholar would be expected to promote the department throughout the school, their families and friends and associated partners.
Drama is on the curriculum and is taught once a week from Years 3-8. These enjoyable lessons help to build confidence and install a value of self-belief and determination. These life skills come into fruition when being interviewed for their higher school and any public speaking. Each Year group produces a play culminating in the Year 8 play – a major production encompassing all the performing arts: acting, singing, dancing and music.
The adjacent Speech and Drama room has a library of books from well-known and popular children’s authors, and professional, educational books covering speech therapy and speech exercises. Nearly 90 children take private Speech and Drama lessons. Moor Park enjoys a 100% pass rate in Speech and Drama with one of their pupils, an ex-Head Girl, attaining the highest mark in the country at Grade 3.
Moor Park pupils have had recent success in scholarship assessments at Rugby, Christ College Brecon, Moreton Hall, Malvern College and Cheltenham College.
The facilities for Design and Technology at Moor Park rival those at many senior schools and this enables talented children to benefit fully from some outstanding teaching. Teaching encourages an emphasis on design as well as making; an essential skill in this increasingly computer dominated world. Projects are ambitious: the compostable toilet which serves the school’s woodland school area was created by the children and other recent projects have included hover craft and giant shark models. DT Scholarships have been won to schools such as Malvern College and Dean Close.
Children will be set a design task on the day leading to a simple piece of making with the support of the teacher. There is likely to be an on-going conversation throughout the process with the children about their interests and their ideas for the task.
The process is designed to assess:
The department is enjoying settling into life in its new home, Moor Park’s Performing Arts Centre. The Centre includes: many spacious practice rooms, each with wifi speakers and IT access; a large ensemble space for rehearsals and small concerts; a classroom music teaching space with the very latest music technology to encourage composition and skills in arranging music and a state of the art recording studio with carefully designed acoustics. The department also has access to the school’s Henderson Hall, a larger space that is used for higher profile concerts and events.
Music is an important feature of life at Moor Park and all children are encouraged to be involved through a variety of different groups and opportunities. Talented children are supported to make the most of the various opportunities on offer and music scholarships have been awarded to schools such as Radley, Shrewsbury and Malvern College in recent years.
Candidates for Music Scholarships will be assessed as much on their potential as on their current instrumental or vocal standard. Ability will be tested by performance at audition on their chosen instrument (if they have one), plus aural tests and some singing. A piece or pieces should be prepared on their main instrument, but the singing will be of a well known tune and need not be prepared in advance.
We are looking for pupils who are passionate about their musical activities, who will flourish in the enhanced and musically rich environment and who will be ready to make a strong musical contribution at Moor Park. Grades on instruments are one indicator of progress and potential but children with no grades but showing innate musical ability are just as valued in this process.
There will also be an interview with the Director of Music and other staff.
This is designed to assess:
A belief that every child can benefit from exposure to team and individual sports underpins what we do here at Moor Park. We also believe in providing opportunities for more talented children to develop at the correct pace and our team of specialist games coaches are passionate about getting the best out of every child. Facilities help with this and our astro-turf, beautifully maintained pitches, swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court, sports hall, netball courts and cricket nets all help to ensure that there is no barrier to progress for any child. Many of our children are selected at regional level in various sports every year and some have even gone further in recent years to find success at national level.
Facilities are important but we feel that it is the staff who really make the difference. Boys and girls have access to superb specialist coaching and the effect of this can be seen in the progress they make every year. Sports scholarships have been won to Shrewsbury, Malvern College and Uppingham in recent years.
There will be an interview with the Director of Sport and a member of the girls’ games staff if applicable.
Questions are designed to assess the following:
There will also be a practical assessment for boys and girls, designed to measure sporting potential.
The practical assessment is designed to test the following: