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Scholarships and Bursaries

The Royal Masonic School for Girls is committed to demonstrating that we provide public benefit and we regard it as educationally beneficial to widen access to the education we offer; this has always been a distinctive feature of RMS whose foundation was essentially charitable.

Scholarships and exhibitions are offered to encourage and reward excellence; they are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement or promise in a particular sphere and involve financial support up to a maximum of 25% of the annual fee. Scholars will be given regular opportunities for prominence and leadership within their given specialism. Academic scholars will be expected to maintain high standards of work across the curriculum.

Bursaries provide financial assistance to enable suitable girls whose parents could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit, or continue to benefit, from an education at The Royal Masonic School for Girls. These awards are subject to means testing. A copy of the School's Bursary Policy can be downloaded here

The number of awards made each year will vary according to the quality and circumstances of candidates and the availability of funds. Unlike many other schools, RMS does not have a separate endowment fund for such fees assistance which is all financed directly from school income within a budget authorised by the Governors. Please note that, due to the limited funds available, it is not usual for Bursaries to be awarded to pupils below Year 7.

Scholarships

Awards at 11+

Awards are given in recognition of excellence with regard to academic achievement in the entrance examination, Sport, Art, All Rounder potential and Music.  For Sport, Art, All Rounder and Music, the deadline for applications is Thursday 1st December 2017.  

All 11+ applicants are considered as potential academic scholars and no separate application is necessary.  A small number of candidates will be invited to return for academic scholarship testing in early February, based on the results of the entrance assessments on 23rd, 24th and 25th January 2017

Please download the 2017 11+ Scholarship Application Form here

Awards at 16+

Awards are given for academic excellence, Music, Art/Textiles, Sport and Performing Arts.  The deadline for 2017 applications is Thursday 1st December 2017.  The scholarship assessments will take place in late January/early February 2018.

For further information about Scholarships, see below or contact Mrs Gail Braiden, Admissions Manager, on 01923 725354 or by email on admissions@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk 

Bursaries

Bursaries (means-tested assistance) enable suitable girls whose parents could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from an education at The Royal Masonic School for Girls; they may be awarded to girls who reach the School's required standards but who require financial assistance to take up a place; alternatively they may be awarded to enable an existing pupil at a crucial stage in their education to remain in the School during a period of financial difficulty.  These awards are subject to means testing, under a standard formula widely used within the independent sector, at the time the offer is made and annually thereafter (please refer to the Bursary Policy below). The number of awards made in any one year will vary according to the quality and circumstances of candidates and the availability of funds.

The School does not currently benefit from external endowments to fund such fees assistance and the Governors' current criteria and priorities regarding the awarding of the limited funds available for bursaries is as follows

  • Scholarship Support Bursary – additional means-tested support to allow a new girl, who has been awarded a scholarship, to take up her place here, where financial circumstances would otherwise prevent her from doing so. Typically this is limited to a maximum of 25% of fees payable. Application for Scholarship Support for Sport, Art, All Rounder and Music Scholarships should be made at the same time as the Scholarship application itself, by the completion of the "Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances" which can be downloaded here.  The deadline for these Scholarship Support applications is Thursday1st December 2016. You will be given an opportunity to apply for Support for an Academic Scholarship if you daughter is invited for testing.
  • Hardship Bursary – short-term means-tested assistance to help parents of an existing girl keep her at the School in times of unexpected financial difficulty, until such time that the full fees can be paid or the girl can move into the maintained sector with minimum disruption to her education. Applications for such assistance should be made as far in advance of the term in which the assistance is needed as possible; assistance will rarely be given towards fees that are already in arrears.

For information about Bursaries, please contact the Bursar, Mrs Diana Robinson via her PA Mrs Hoile on bursarspa@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

The RMS Bursary Fund

The RMS Bursary Fund
(Registered Charity No 1106076)

The RMS Bursary Fund was established under Trust Deed in May 2004 and registered as a charity in September of that year.  Its objective is stated as:

The charity provides bursaries for the benefit of any pupil, former pupil and/or potential pupil of The Royal Masonic School for Girls who in the opinion of the trustees requires financial assistance to assist in the furtherance or completion of their education.

The increasing need for parental financial assistance

By August 2011 the total funds held amounted to £97,500, held in cash, derived wholly from voluntary donations and legacies from within and outside the School community. No distributions of note had been made from the fund up to that date, as the aim was to build the capital to a level to enable it to support sustainable fee assistance from its income.  At this point, several years into the prevailing recession, the School was facing an escalating level of need for assistance from parents who had been made redundant, or whose own businesses had run into severe financial difficulties. The School’s budget provided for an annual amount of the equivalent of 14 full boarding places (currently around £390,000) to be set aside for Scholarships and Bursaries; this was always exhausted well before the start of each academic year as the School endeavoured to support, in particular, those girls who were part way through their GCSE or A level studies who would otherwise have had to face an extremely disruptive and distressing move into the maintained sector. This left other girls lower down the school who were equally in need but for whom we could not provide sufficient help and who had to move out of the School.  Clearly more help was needed, and attention was turned to accelerating the growth of the RMS Bursary Fund.

Parental donations initiative

In the spring of 2012, at which point the Fund stood at £180,000, the School launched a new initiative to encourage parents at RMS to donate to the fund by way of a voluntary £20 per term donation that was added to their fee invoices. This was, and continues to be, a success, with around 75% of families opting to pay the donation. To date (Easter 2016) this has raised around £140,000.  

The first distributions

Whilst the objective was still to build up the capital of the fund to a sustainable level, it was decided that in recognition of the parents’ generous response to our appeal for help, up to 50% of each term’s parental donations would be made available for distribution in the following term. Such funding was to be to assist hardship of existing parents on a short term basis and was to be means tested – parents are required to complete a statement of their financial income, outgoings, assets and liabilities upon application and in most cases will meet with the Bursar to discuss their situation in more detail.

Since the 2012/13 school year, when such distributions commenced, the Bursary Fund has provided over £60,000 of fees assistance from the parental donations.

The allocation of this funding involves difficult decisions to be made regarding priority; with preference always being given to those girls in the middle of public exams studies. Every year there are applications that have to be turned down. Sometimes the amount or the level of assistance required is too high for the Fund – where only 100% fees support or a year’s commitment from the fund would enable the pupil to stay at RMS; or where the application came on behalf of a girl lower down the School. Such decisions have caused considerable distress to the parents, who are often desperate to keep their daughter at RMS, and of course to the girl concerned.

The Fund today

Currently (Easter 2016) the fund stands at approximately £380k, comprising an investment portfolio valued at £360k, and £20k cash. Approximate annual income comprises £35k from parental donations, £6k in investment income, and sundry donations and legacies that vary from year to year (2014/15 approx £6k including Gift Aid)

Future strategy for the fund

The Trustees have determined the long term strategy for the RMS Fund to be staged as follows:

Upon the Fund capital reaching £200k, the first limited distributions to commence, being 50% of the parental donations collected in the previous term – as seen above

Upon the Fund capital reaching £500k, the Trustees will look to make the income from an agreed proportion of the Fund’s investments available for distribution in addition to the above

Upon the Fund capital reaching £1m, all income from the Fund’s investments will be available for distribution.

Diana Robinson

Bursar

March 2016

 

All Rounder Scholarship at 11+

Candidates must perform to a good standard academically and nominate two out of the three areas shown below on which to be assessed for an All-Rounder Scholarship. The All-Rounder Scholarship examinations will be held shortly after the Entrance Examinations.
 


Sport

Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Reference from current Head of PE/Class Teacher (with the exception of Cadogan House pupils) and any relevant Sports Coaches, detailing current attainment levels in all National Curriculum PE areas.

Assessment

  1. 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 at:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/health_and_fitness/4286804.stm
  2. Candidates will be interviewed about their sporting interests and ambitions by the Director of Sport/Head of  PE and a member of the Department.
  3. candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate their chosen sport, if appropriate.  All candidates will play netball as part of the selection process on assessment day, and therefore a different sport must be selected for assessment.

If your daughter meets the requirements set out above please complete and return the application form and return it with the supporting documents by 1st December 2017.    An initial selection process will then take place on the basis of the paperwork and those selected will be invited to an assessment day in early February 2018

For further details please contact:
Mrs E Spendiff, Director of Sport: espendiff@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk


 

Performing Arts

In addition to the completed application form and supporting references, candidates should send a video recording, a DVD or memory stick with at least two of the following performing arts to Mr Hyde, Director of Performing Arts:

1. A musical solo – minimum Grade 4.   Candidates offering voice instead of an instrument should choose songs appropriate to the age of the student and their ability.  For guidance candidates should look to the syllabi of the ABRSM singing exams.

2. A solo dance.  This should not be in the Street Dance style or be an example of gymnastics.

3. A dramatic monologue (not poetry).  Monologues should be at least one minute long, performed without a script, and provide the opportunity to show characterisation, gesture, expression, movement and understanding of a script. This should be from a published script, not the candidate’s own writing.

The DVD recording should be around 5 minutes in length.  Candidates should either send the DVD with the application form and references, or email a video file to dhyde@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk  by  Thursday 1st December 2017

Following receipt of all applications by the deadline of 1st December, candidates will be shortlisted to attend for an audition and a short interview in early February. At the audition the candidates must perform at least two of the art forms as described above. They may use material already performed on the video recording. Please note that we cannot guarantee to return DVDS or memory sticks.      

For further details please contact:

Mr D Hyde, Director of Performing Arts: dhyde@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk


Art & Design

Potential Art and Design All Rounder Scholars should be capable and confident in the following:

1. Drawing accurately and expressively from a range of sources, as this shows an ability to translate real objects onto paper, and working in a variety of media such as paint, pastels, collage and 3D.

2. Discussing their work, ideas and motivations with others.

3. Analysing, in detail, a piece of modern art as this displays imagination, visual language skills and a keen interest in the subject.

If you would like to choose Art as part of your All Rounder application please submit your application form and supporting references by Thursday 1st December 2017.   Cadogan House pupils are not expected to provide a Class Teacher’s reference.  Your application should be submitted by emailing a PowerPoint containing photographs of a selection of artwork (max. 10) by the candidate to the Head of Art: lkingston@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk.  Each slide should be left white and feature one piece of work and be labelled with the following information:

Title, Media, Size/Dimensions and Year - for example:  Cornish Landscape, Acrylic on paper, A2, 2014

This work will be judged and selected candidates will be invited to attend an assessment in art, alongside their other disciplines, in early February.

Assessment Day
On Assessment Day, candidate should

1. bring along the original work featured in the PowerPoint within a portfolio. 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 drawings.

2. Each candidate will be interviewed by members of the Art & Textiles Department.  She will be expected to talk about her own work, her general interest in the subject and other artists/designers that she admires.

3.Candidates will be given a practical task to complete.

If you have any further questions, please contact:
Mrs L. Kingston, Head of Art lkingston@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk


To apply for an All Rounder Scholarship please submit your application form and supporting references to Mrs Gail Braiden, Admissions Manager, by Thursday 1st December 2017.  No applications will be accepted after this date.  It is essential that all supporting references  are submitted with your application.  From these initial applications the Art, Performing Arts and PE Departments we will select candidates whom we feel have scholarship potential.  Candidates will be advised shortly after the general 11+ entrance examinations whether or not they have been selected for scholarship assessment, which will take place in early February 2018.

 

Art and Design Scholarship at 11+

This scholarship is intended to recognise outstanding ability and potential in Art & Design.  Candidates should display a natural and instinctive talent for Art & Design while showing a real enthusiasm and interest in the subject, and in the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople.  Candidates should be comfortable and confident in:

1.  drawing accurately and expressively from a range of sources as this shows an ability to translate          real objects onto paper and working in a variety of media such as paint, pastels, collage and 3D.

2.  discussing their work, ideas and motivations with others.

3.  analysing, in detail, a piece of modern art as this displays imagination, visual language skills and a keen interest in the subject.

If you would like to make an application for the Art Scholarship please follow these instructions: 

By 1st December 2015 

1.  Submit your application form and supporting references.   Cadogan House pupils are not expected to provide a Class Teacher’s reference.

2. Email a PowerPoint containing photographs of a selection of artwork (max. 10) by the candidate to
    the Head of Art: lkingston@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

3.  Each slide should be left white and feature one piece of work and be labelled with the following
     information: 
 
     Title, Media, Size/Dimensions and Year - for example:  Cornish Landscape, Acrylic on paper,        A2, 2014

This work will be judged and selected candidates will be invited to attend for scholarship assessment. 

Assessment Day 

1. Bring along the original work featured in the PowerPoint within a portfolio. 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 drawings. 

2. Each candidate will be interviewed by members of the Art & Textiles Department.  She will be             expected to talk about her own work, her general interest in the subject and other artists/designers         that she admires.

3. Candidates will be given a practical task to complete.

If you have any further questions, please contact:
Mrs L. Kingston, Head of Art, lkingston@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

Please submit your application form and supporting references to Mrs Gail Braiden, Admissions Manager, and email Mrs Kingston the PowerPoint presentation by Thursday 1st December 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date.  It is essential that all supporting references are submitted with your application. An initial selection process will then take place and those selected will be advised shortly after the general 11+ entrance examinations whether or not they have been selected for scholarship assessment.  The assessments will take place in early February 2018.  

 

Music Scholarship at 11+

Requirements:


Either:

  • Performance of ONE piece on first instrument or voice Minimum Grade 5 standard
    and
  • Performance of ONE piece on second instrument or voice Minimum Grade 3 standard.

Or: 

  • Performance of TWO contrasting pieces on one instrument Minimum Grade 5 standard
    and
  • Sight-reading on first instrument or voice.

Candidates offering voice should choose songs appropriate to the age of the student and their ability. For guidance, candidates should look to the syllabi of the ABRSM singing exams. Songs must be performed from memory.


Aural tests:

  1. Distinguishing 2, 3, 4 beats in the bar
  2. Repetition of a phrase from memory
  3. Distinguishing major and minor keys
  4. Questions on style and interpretation

A reference from a student’s Head of Music/Class Teacher (with the exception of Cadogan House pupils) and any relevant Music Teachers.

We are concerned with assessing potential rather than achievement and therefore no theory paper will be set. There will be a short interview to assess a candidate’s range of activities.

If you are in any doubt over a candidate’s suitability for a scholarship audition, please contact:

Mrs J Whitbread MA, Head of Music: (jwhitbread@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk)
Mr Daniel Hyde BMus (Hons) MA, ALCM, Director of Performing Arts: (dhyde@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk)


Please submit your application form and supporting documents* to Mrs Gail Braiden, Admissions Manager, by Thursday 1st December 2017.  No applications will be accepted after this date.  It is essential that all supporting references are submitted with your application.  An initial selection process will then take place on the basis of the paperwork and candidates will be advised shortly after the general 11+ entrance examinations whether or not they have been selected for interview/practical assessment. The scholarship assessments will take place in early February 2018.

*Please note that we require copies of the music examiner's report and NOT the examination certificate

Sport Scholarship at 11+

A Sport Scholarship is available to recognise sporting potential. Candidates must perform to a good standard academically and the sporting ability/potential of selected candidates will be assessed shortly after the Entrance Examinations.


Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Compulsory reference from current Head of PE/Class Teacher (with the exception of Cadogan House pupils) and any relevant Sports Coaches, detailing current attainment levels, achievements and potential

Assessment

  1. 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 at  http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/health_and_fitness/4286804.stm
  2. Candidates will be interviewed about their sporting interests and ambitions by the Director of Sport/Head of P.E. and a member of the Department.
  3. Candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate their chosen sport, if appropriate.  All     candidates will play netball as part of the selection process on assessment day, and therefore a different sport must be selected for individual assessment.

For further details please contact:
Mrs E Spendiff, Director of Sport: espendiff@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

If your daughter meets the requirements set out above please submit your application form and supporting documents to Mrs Gail Braiden, Admissions Manager, by Thursday 1st December 2017 No applications will be accepted after this date.  It is essential that all supporting references are submitted with your application. An initial selection process will then take place on the basis of the paperwork and those selected will be advised shortly after the general 11+ entrance examinations whether or not they have been selected for scholarship assessment.  The assessments will take place in early February 2018

Sixth Form Scholarship Application Information

To apply for any of the Sixth Form Scholarships, you should send to Mr Carson, the Headmaster, a typed document, which includes:

  • Your Full Name
  • Address and Telephone Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Name and Address of your Present School (including the name of the Principal).
  • Your proposed Scholarship Subjects - Scholarship candidates nominate two subjects in which they wish to be examined, with the exception of the Art, Music, Performing Arts and Sport Scholarships.  We would expect these to be subjects to be followed at A Level
  • Your proposed A Level Courses:

 

A statement of support for your application should also be attached.  This should include comments on:

  • how you might contribute to Sixth Form life
  • your academic and personal strengths
  • your achievements, interests and activities both inside and outside school
  • your aspirations

 

You must sign your application and also ask your Parent/Guardian to countersign in support of your application.  A reference will be requested from your current school.

The Scholarship tests will take place mid-January 2018.                   

Mr Carson should receive your application by : Thursday 1st December 2017.

 

Sixth Form Music Scholarship

Requirements:

  • Performance of two contrasted pieces on an instrument or voice
  • Performance of ONE piece on second instrument or voice (although this requirement is not obligatory)
  • Sight-reading on an instrument or voice
  • Aural tests involving metre, rhythms and melody (repetition from memory)
  • A reference from a student’s current Head of Music (excluding RMS students) and Music Teacher (if applicable) should be submitted with the letter of application.

 

  • Grade 5 theory, although advisable, is not obligatory.
  • It is expected that candidates will follow the A Level music course.
  • There must be full participation and commitment in the extra-curricular activities of the Music Department.

To apply for this Scholarship students should submit a letter of application using the Application Guidelines, stating the reasons they are applying for a Music Scholarship.  This should be sent to the Headmaster, Mr Kevin Carson, by Thursday 1st December 2017.  The assessments will take place in January/February 2018.

If you are in any doubt over a candidate’s suitability for a scholarship audition, or for further details, please contact:

Mrs J Whitbread MA:  Head of Music, jwhitbread@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

Mr Daniel Hyde: Director of Performing Arts dhyde@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

 

Sixth Form Performing Arts Scholarship

Recognising talents in Music, Drama and Dance.  Candidates can be assessed either through Performance or Production skills

Requirements:


Performance Candidates:

Candidates must perform  two pieces, either both in the same art form,or one each of two art forms:

  • musical solo (accompaniment will be provided) on one or two instruments/voice
  • solo dance (bring cd or tape, if necessary) - if candidates are offering only Dance, they must perform two in contrasting styles.  Street Dance is not permitted.
  • Dramatic monologue (not poetry) - candidates should prepare one classical and/or one contemporary monologue, depending on whter they are offering another art form or not.

This will then be followed by a short interview.

A reference from a student’s current Music, Drama or Dance Teacher(s) (if applicable) should be submitted with the letter of application.


Production Candidates:

Scholarship applicants must choose one of the following three production pathways on which to be assessed:  Set Design, Lighting Design or Costume Design.

Following their letter of application to the Head (to be submitted by 1st December 2016), candidates must complete the following two tasks and submit them to Mr Hyde, Director of Performing Arts by Monday 16th January 2017.

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 The Wizard of Oz or Macbeth, 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.


Candidates are expected to follow one of the Faculty’s A Level or BTEC courses.

We are concerned with assessing practical rather than academic ability, therefore no theory paper will be set. There will be a short interview to assess a candidate’s range of activities, abilities and interests.

To apply for this Scholarship students should submit a letter of application using the Application Guidelines, stating the reasons they are applying for a Performing Arts Scholarship.  This should be sent to the Headmaster, Mr Kevin Carson, by Thursday 1st December 2017.  The assessments will take place in January 2018.

Further details available from:

Mr Daniel Hyde ,Director of Performing Arts: dhyde@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

 

 

Sixth Form Art/Textiles Scholarship

Requirements: 


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

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

  • The range of work produced by the candidate and what her particular interests are.
  • This does not only mean school work but also work which the candidate has done by herself. We are very interested in seeing sketchbooks, notebooks and photographs, as well as finished work.
  • A range of work in a variety of media.
  • Work presented in a logical and ordered fashion. Over-elaborate presentation is unnecessary. 
  • Large pieces can be shown using photographs.
  • Examples of written work.
  • A reference from the student’s current Head of Art/Textiles should be submitted with the letter of application.

The successful scholar should be taking either Art, Textiles or both at A Level.


To apply for this Scholarship students should submit a letter of application using the Application Guidelines, stating the reasons they are applying for an Art/Textiles Scholarship.

This should be sent to the Headmaster, Mr Kevin Carson by Thursday 1st December 2017.  The assessments will take place in January 2018.


Further details available from:

Mrs Coffey, Head of Textiles. gcoffey@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

Mrs Kingston, Head of Art:  lkingston@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

 

Sixth Form Sports' Scholarship

Requirements:

  • County level or equivalent honours in a chosen sport, with supporting documentation

  • ​​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.

  • A reference from a student’s current Head of PE (excluding RMS students) and their Sports Coach (if applicable) should be submitted with the letter of application.
     
  • A successful scholar should be committed to extra-curricular activities and an involvement in coaching/assisting with junior teams is desirable.

To apply for this Scholarship students should submit a letter of application using the Application Guidelines, stating the reasons they are applying for a Sports Scholarship.  This should be sent to the Headmaster, Mr Kevin Carson, by Thursday 1st December 2017. The assessments will take place in January 2018.

Further details available from:

Mrs E Spendiff: Director of Sport: espendiff@royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

 

 

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