Music Scholarships

As a music college, we are inclusive in promoting enjoyment across many platforms, encouraging students to participate in a wide variety of music making, fostering a sense of autonomy, self-discipline, empathy and confidence. Students are encouraged and inspired to develop a life long passion for, and appreciation of music not only as performers and composers, but also as audiences, technicians and critics.

We demonstrate and celebrate talent via our rich co-curricular provision and instrumental schemes. We believe that the symbiotic relationship between the academic and performance aspects of music ensure the development of high standards of achievement through learning, rehearsing and teaching.

Music scholarships are available for musically talented students entering the school’s Sixth Form. (Please click here for a link to our Sixth Form)

 

Sixth Form Instrumental / Vocal Scholarship  (External)

This will be awarded by audition, to an external candidate for Sixth Form entry.  The successful candidate is likely to have Grade 5 theory or be at a proven equivalent standard. They will be at or above ABRSM / Trinity Guildhall Grade 6 standard or equivalent and will show a high level of technical proficiency and interpretive control on their instrument. Enthusiasm, potential and aptitude for music are the most important considerations.

The candidate’s application should be accompanied by proof of qualification or equivalent standard and a letter of recommendation, where possible, from a music teacher, detailing the candidate’s contribution to their current school’s musical life and or general wider musical involvement. The scholarship will cover the candidate’s individual music lessons on their main instrument throughout the Sixth Form.

Music Scholarship   (Internal) 

This will be awarded by audition, to an instrumentalist or vocalist going into Y12. The successful student is likely to have Grade 5 theory. They will be at a proven equivalent standard be at or above ABRSM /Trinity Guildhall Grade 6 standard or equivalent and will show a high level of technical proficiency and interpretive ability

 The candidate will already have a proven track record of contributing to school music making. The scholarship will cover the candidate’s individual music lessons on their main instrument throughout the Sixth Form. Enthusiasm, potential and aptitude for music are the most important considerations

Music Instrumental Scholarship   (Internal)

This will be awarded by audition, to an instrumentalist going into Y10

The successful student is likely to be at or above ABRSM Grade 5 standard or equivalent and will show a good level of technical proficiency and interpretive ability on their instrument. The student will already have a proven track record of contributing to school music making.  The scholarship will cover the student’s individual music lessons on their main instrument throughout Year 10 and Year11.

Conditions

The successful candidates for all scholarships will be expected to maintain a good rate of progress and take a full part in any co-curricular music ensembles / choirs deemed appropriate by and in discussion with the Director of Music, attending designated rehearsals and performances.

All students awarded a Music Scholarship will be invited to join and take an active part in the Music Council, led by our Music Ambassadors. 

The school reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship should the pupil fail to maintain satisfactory progress or be unwilling to participate in agreed, designated co-curricular ensembles / choirs.

Individual music lessons would normally be expected to take place in school with our own visiting instrumental musicians and there is an expectation that students applying in Year 12 will take one of the A Level Music Courses.

 

Timetable

Letters of application, detailing reasons why candidates consider themselves suitable and of no more than 300 words, should be sent to Mrs Caroline Gale, Director of Music at Guildford County School cgale@guildfordcounty.co.uk      by Thursday 26th November 2020

A closed audition will take place on Friday March 12th times tbc.

Candidates will be invited to prepare a programme of music selected to demonstrate their musical character and personality, alongside their technical ability on a single instrument or voice of between 6 and 8 minutes duration.   A copy of the music to be performed should be sent to the Director of Music no later than two weeks in advance of the audition date.

Candidates should make it clear at this stage whether they will require an accompanist from Guildford County School or whether they will be using their own accompanist.

(For internal applications year 9 into year 10 - the programme will be two contrasting pieces)

Following the audition, candidates will have a short viva where they will have the opportunity to discuss the music they have performed and talk about how they would benefit from, and contribute to, musical life at Guildford County School.

Awards will be made entirely at the discretion of the school. The Director of Music is always happy to see prospective music students and their parents for an informal interview ahead of auditions.

 

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12th August 2021

GCSE Results 2021

Thursday 12th August 2021 - GCSE Results at Guildford County School Today we are celebrating the hard work, dedication and impressive achievements of our GCSE students here at Guildford County School.  Our deepest thanks go to the Exams team for making sure that the morning ran so smoothly and also to the Sixth Form team for ensuring that enrolment to our hugely successful Sixth Form was slick and efficient.  We would also like to thank the many other staff who attended earlier on today to help with the distribution of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves. Whilst Year 11’s studies this year were significantly disrupted by the pandemic, not least when it was announced that GCSE exams this summer were to be cancelled, we want to celebrate very sincerely the culmination of 5 years’ hard work by each and every student since they joined the County family in Year 7.  The lack of public exams this year was a challenge for everyone, but we do feel that we were able to give a ‘real’ experience to all of our students by hosting our own, internal exams series, which, as with A level, formed a key part of our assessment process this year.  Whilst our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal GCSE exams, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (TAG) for each student in each subject.  It is important today that we do not let any discussion of this process overshadow the huge amount that has been achieved by every single student over a great number of years.  It is important that they can move on to the next stage in their education with the sense of achievement and recognition that they all so rightly deserve. As with the summer exams of 2020, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures this year.  In keeping with this, many schools, including us here at County, will not at this stage be publishing school level performance figures for this summer for GCSE.  We are, however, delighted to be able to share with you some individual stories of success.  Deserving of special mention are Daisy, Madeleine, Ella, Ellie, Josh and Joseph who have all achieved outstanding individual results.  We are also tremendously proud of James, Ruby, Lili and Leonie who topped the value-added charts, achieving well above their individual target grades.  Steve Smith, Headteacher of Guildford County School, comments that, ‘today represents the end of one phase of each student's education and is a terrific opportunity to recognise and celebrate what they have all achieved.  We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Year 11 Class of 2021 for their fantastic results and also to wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives with our full support and our very best wishes for the future.  For most, this will be here at Guildford County Sixth Form and we cannot wait to welcome them and a large number of external recruits, through the doors in September.  External students still unsure of where to go next should get in touch with our Director of Sixth Form, Helen Nurton (hnurton@guildfordcounty.co.uk) to find out more about joining the County community.’ Read Full Article
10th August 2021

A Level Results 2021

Tuesday 10th August 2021 - A Level Results at Guildford County School  Today we are celebrating the hard work and successes of our Sixth Form students here at Guildford County School. Our sincere thanks go to the Sixth Form and Exams teams for making sure that the preparation for today and the results distribution morning itself ran so smoothly and also to the many other staff who attended earlier on to help with the delivery of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves. Whilst the studies and preparation for the culmination of Year 13 were not the same as in most years, due to the cancellation of public exams, we do feel that we were able to give a ‘real’ experience to all of our students by hosting our own, internal exams series as a part of our assessment process this year. We want to celebrate the many achievements of each and every student leaving us today; over the course of the 7 years that they have been with us, their footsteps have left a permanent and positive mark in the history of our school.  Whilst our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal A Level exams, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (TAG) for each student in each subject. It is important now that we do not let any discussion of this process overshadow the huge amount that has been achieved by every single student over a great number of years. It is important that they can move on to the next stage in their education with the sense of achievement and recognition that they all so rightly deserve.  As with the summer exams of 2020, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures this year. In keeping with this, many schools, including us here at County, will not at this stage be publishing school level performance figures for this summer. We are, however, delighted to be able to share with you some individual stories of success. Two County students Rachel and Emily have secured places at Cambridge University.  Rachel will study Natural Sciences, and Emily begins her career as a doctor, studying Medicine.  We are also tremendously proud of Chloe who has secured a place at the University of Bristol to study Veterinary Science and Charlie who will be studying Music at the Royal College of Music in London.  Special mention goes to Shannon who has overcome many personal challenges throughout her school journey to shine in her Sixth Form studies, securing a place on a Business Management degree course; to Olivia who is the first in her family to attend University and has flourished in her A Level studies; and to Millena who arrived in the County family with English as her second language – she has shown exceptional tenacity and dedication to secure a place studying Marketing, also the first in her family to attend University.  At the time of writing, 90% of all of our departing students have secured places at Universities from Edinburgh to Bournemouth, Bath to Northampton, including 22 offers from prestigious Russell Group Universities.    Steve Smith, Headteacher of Guildford County School, comments that, ‘today represents the end of one phase of each student's education and the opportunity to recognise and celebrate what they have achieved. We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Class of 2021 for their many achievements and also to wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives with our full support and our very best wishes for the future. I am hopeful that many will choose to become members of our ever growing alumni community and that we will then be able to continue to watch their successes over the years to come.’Read Full Article
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