Scholarships and Discounts

In keeping with its charitable status, Tower College is committed to offering academic, sporting and cultural scholarships.  Discounts are also given dependent on certain conditions being met. Only one discount can be accessed and there are a limited number of discounts/scholarships allocated each year.

Second sibling reduction (must be full time)
For a second sibling and each subsequent sibling, the fees are reduced by 20%

Full Time Christian Workers – Up to 20% discount is given

Members of the Armed Forces / NHS workers – Maybe entitled to up to 10% discount

Children of former pupils – Maybe entitled to up to 5% discount

Tower College Staff – A 25% discount is given

ACADEMIC AND SUBJECT SCHOLARSHIPS

A small number of scholarships in Academic, Sport, Music and Art are available for pupils from Year 7.

Scholarships are awards based on merit/excellence. They are awarded for pupils with outstanding talent in the fields of academics, sport and the arts.

All scholarships are reviewed annually, and are subject to satisfactory academic progress, effort, attitude and behaviour.

Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of 15% of the fees.

Scholarship application deadlines are at the end of the spring term annually for September entries.

Families will be notified if an award is forthcoming prior to the end of the Summer term after all the assessments and interviews have been completed.

Although your child may be of a high intellect and of a high educational standard there is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded. All applicants will be subject to an English and Maths baseline test during their assessment day.

Please note that scholarships are awarded by the school’s Principal and Business Manager and their decision is final. It is not possible to appeal the decision nor will feedback be given regarding the reasons for their decision. Scholarships are awarded for a specific entry point and cannot be deferred. All scholarships are subject to verification of relevant qualifications and a satisfactory pupil testimonial from the existing school. Acceptance of a scholarship implies consent under the Data Protection Act for the School to keep in contact with the pupil and for the pupil to be published in relevant publicity materials. If an applicant is selected to receive a Scholarship and they choose to decline the Award, then the Scholarship will be void for the academic year of application.

All scholarships are reviewed annually, and are subject to satisfactory academic progress and behaviour. Existing scholarship holders must re-apply annually. For an application form please contact our Registrar, Ms McNamara on 0151 294 4534 or Msmcnamara@towercollege.com

Open Academic Scholarships

We offer a limited number of Open Academic Scholarships to pupils entering Year 7 based on performance in the School Entrance Exam. We award Academic Scholarships each year, worth up to 15% of the fees, and will be tenable throughout a pupil’s careers from Year 7 to Year 11, provided the pupil’s efforts and behaviour remain consistent with the standard expected of scholars.

Candidates will undertake standardised tests in English and Maths and specific subject papers where appropriate. They will also be required to submit a piece of writing and undertake an interview.

The awards are based on academic merit alone and will be irrespective of income.

Achieving an Academic Scholarship is the beginning of a stimulating journey through Tower College. Not only will our scholars be kept on their toes within the classroom, but they will be expected to engage in a programme of events throughout the year with the specific aim to stretch and challenge. The Academic Scholars are our busiest pupils, they will be expected to look up and beyond the curriculum, takings as many opportunities available to them.

The value of the scholarship is at the Principal and Business Managers discretion, depending on the suitability and credentials of the pupil, worth up to 15% of the fees

How to Apply

There is no need to make a separate application. Offers will automatically be made to parents whose children come top of the field in the Entrance Exam.

Assessment Procedure

The aim of the assessment is to enable us to select those candidates who will be the academic leaders in the year group. We are looking for highly intelligent students who demonstrate genuine intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

Following the entrance exams in January, the highest performing candidates are invited to an interview with the Principal. References from the relevant primary school will also be obtained.

Sports Scholarships

Each year a number of awards are made to pupils who, whilst being academically ambitious, can make a significant contribution to the sporting success of the school. These individuals will be major games players with the major games for boys being Rugby, Football, Cricket, Tennis, Swimming and Athletics and Netball, Tennis, Swimming and Athletics for girls. It is likely that successful applicants will currently be playing one of the major games to at least County, Regional or National level.

They will have made a significant contribution to the life of their current school and are expected to make the same commitment to Tower College. They will also be expected to contribute to major games other than their preferred sport and in so doing, provide a role model for others.

Those selected will be expected to show initiative and possess strong personal qualities of leadership, morality/fair play and loyalty. They will have a strong desire to succeed and work well with other team players.

Sports Scholarship holders will be expected to study P.E at GCSE from Year 9.

The value of the scholarship is at the Principal and Business Managers discretion, depending on the suitability and credentials of the pupil, worth up to 15% of the fees

Sports Scholars are expected to play a full part in the sporting life of the School during their time at Tower College. A pupil refusal or negative attitude towards their contributions to sports may come to be at risk of their scholarship being withdrawn.

How to Apply

All applicants will first need to complete an Application Form. References on the ability and attitude of the pupil will be required from the pupil’s current coaches and/or P.E. teachers and should be submitted with the application. In some cases, submission of video evidence may be appropriate.

Pupils must also complete a self-evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses and in no more than 200 words, describing their sporting achievements to date and the contributions that they will make to Sport at Tower College.

Assessment Procedure

Pupils will spend a day at Tower College, during which they will be evaluated in their chosen sports and a variety of other fitness and decision-making tests. All applicants will be subject to an English and Maths baseline test during their assessment day.

During the assessment, applicants will be observed in a number of different activities to include demonstration of set skills and their application in small-sided games, allowing accurate assessment to be made. Applicants will also participate in fitness tests, for example bleep test, 12-minute cooper run.

Music Scholarships

We award Music Scholarships each year, worth up to 15% of the fees to pupils showing strong musical ability and potential.

Music Scholarship holders will have shown early interest in learning an instrument and gravitate towards music making as a leisure activity at every opportunity. They will practise effectively and make progress quickly compared to their peers. They will be expected to play an active role in musical events organised by the Music department.

They will be learning two instruments (voice is acceptable as an instrument) at least already and be at about grade 3 by year 7 and grade 5 by year 9 in at least one. They may have sought opportunities to belong to a regional and perhaps national music groups.

Music Scholarship holders will be expected to study Music at GCSE from Year 9.

The value of the scholarship is at the Principal and Business Managers discretion, depending on the suitability and credentials of the pupil, worth up to 15% of the fees

Scholars are expected to play a full part in the performing arts life of the School during their time at Tower College.

How to Apply

All applicants will first need to complete an Application Form. Pupils should provide any evidence of external examinations or performances with their application (these must be originals and not photocopies). Supporting documentary evidence including letters from the applicant’s current school and/or music teachers should be submitted.

Pupils must also complete a self-evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses and in no more than 200 words, describing their musical achievements to date and the contributions that they will make to Music at Tower College

Assessment Procedure

Pupils will spend a day at Tower College, during which they will be evaluated in their chosen instruments and pupils will perform a piece on at least two instruments and will be given sight reading and aural tests. All applicants will be subject to an English and Maths baseline test during their assessment day.

Art Scholarships

We award Art Scholarships each year, worth up to 15% of the fees to pupils showing strong artistic ability.

Art scholarship holders will demonstrate imagination, creativity, competence and technique in a variety of media. They will have a portfolio of work done inside and outside school. An Art Scholarship holder will be expected to maintain high standards of artistic excellence and to be an ambassador for the subject. They will be expected to participate in art activities and other artistic events

Art Scholarship holders will be expected to study Art at GCSE from Year 9.

The value of the scholarship is at the Principal and Business Managers discretion, depending on the suitability and credentials of the pupil, worth up to 15% of the fees

How to Apply

All applicants will first need to complete an Application Form. Supporting documentary evidence including letters from the applicant’s current school and/or art teachers should be submitted

Pupils must also complete a self-evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses and in no more than 200 words, with information on favourite artist, visits to museums/galleries and future ambitions.

Assessment Procedure

Pupils will spend a day at Tower College, during which they will be required to do two practical tests, a still life drawing and a creativity task, which can last up to 3 hours. All applicants will be subject to an English and Maths baseline test during their assessment day.

In addition to a practical assessment, applicants are asked to prepare a portfolio which demonstrates a variety of skills and reflects their ideas, interest and abilities. This should include drawings, paintings, collage, printing, photography or 3D work, graphics, animation and video. We are interested in the refinement of the drawing, but also like to see evidence of sketches, ideas, collected images, postcards and notebooks which offer a sense of your child’s own particular visual ideas. Drawings may be shown if they are in progress and unfinished. Parents must countersign the work as their child’s own unaided pieces.

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