Christ College offers Scholarships and Exhibitions to recognise academic, artistic, musical, sporting and all-round talent.

In accordance with the HMC Rulings, Scholarships and Exhibitions are available at entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+. The Scholarships and Exhibitions are competed for openly at pre-announced dates. At 11+ awards tend to be modest. Candidates can be reconsidered for new or enhanced awards at 13+ or 16+. 

In principle, it is expected that an award will be held for the duration a pupil is at the school. Awards, however, are regularly reviewed to ensure a pupil is performing at the level expected. If a question is raised about a scholar's efforts or contribution the Head will write to the parents inviting further discussion.

Those in receipt of an award are expected to remain at Christ College throughout their secondary education.

Our Scholarship and assessment events can be found here

Below is a list of Scholarships and Exhibitions Christ College has to offer:


All Rounder

For our all Rounder award we are looking for someone with the potential to contribute to a number of important areas of school life. 

We would expect strong academic performance plus contributions to at least two of the following: sport, music, drama and art.

In addition to that we area looking for leadership potential. Awards will be based on academic tests and two or more specific assessments (See Music, Sports, Art Scholarships) , school references and an impressive performance at interview.


At 11+ Academic scholarships are awarded following the scholarship assessments in January/February. To achieve an award , the pupil needs to achieve very high standards in the written test papers  in English and Maths. In addition, the Head and Deputy Head Academic interview candidates to test their ability to think quickly and handle complex ideas. Good performance in the AH2 (non verbal reasoning test) is also contributory factor to an award.

At 13+ the same criteria as above apply although the written papers in English and Maths are more demanding. Candidates from Christ College Year 8 can apply for scholarships at this stage as well as external candidates. 

In Sixth Form, scholarships are awarded based on an academic paper, interview, school report and predicted or achieved grades. Successful scholarship candidates will have mainly A*/As at GCSE and be looking for entry to demanding courses at top universities.


Applicants can apply for a scholarship in Art at 13+ or Sixth form entry and should be able to demonstrate outstanding ability and potential in one or more areas of Art.

At 13+ candidates will complete a short practical test under the supervision of the Head of Art. Candidates should bring a portfolio of work for scrutiny and will have an interview with the Head of Art. Sixth Form candidates should be predicted A* in Art GCSE or related subject. Candidates applying for an award at 13+ must study Art to GCSE.


This award is available at 13+ and Sixth Form.

The scholarship will offer students:

  • Active support from the Head of Drama both in academic drama and in pursuing theatrical ambitions.
  • Opportunities to participate in school drama and to learn leadership within Christ College Drama productions
  • One to one support with any drama school applications. Participation in drama workshops and masterclasses.
  • Speech and Drama lessons that lead to LAMDA qualifications

We are looking for students who:

  • Can show evidence of a passion for theatre, including performance, technical aspects and enjoyment of watching theatrical productions.
  • Have the potential and ambition to develop as an actor/contributor to theatrical productions.
  • Show commitment to involvement in school drama both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate an intention to study drama and to participate and lead in school drama.

In order to apply for the Drama Scholarship candidates should produce a one page CV outlining achievements and participation in drama and one or more references from a teacher/director/course organiser. There will be an audition, to include one prepared piece of the candidate's choice , lasting no more than 2 minutes, and a discussion with the Head of Drama. 


Music scholarships are awarded each year to candidates showing special promise in music and include both free instrumental tuition and remission of fees. Music Exhibitions provide free tuition in one instrument. Candidates would normally be expected to study music to GCSE. Free tuition remains throughout a scholar's time at Christ College, although it is subject to annual review. The audition will last from 20-30 minutes and candidates should prepare:

  • One or two contrasting pieces on their main instrument
  • One piece on any second instrument
  • One song if they wish to offer singing

Candidates will be assesses also in unprepared performance:

  • Simple aural tests, clapping rhythms, singing, humming or whistling a melody, identification of notes in a chord, general recognition of musical detail
  • Sight reading 
  • Playing by ear

In addition, there will be an opportunity to talk about past experiences and future musical aspirations. This provides an opening for candidates to demonstrate their enthusiasm for music and to show how it is already a significant part of their life.


In addition to an academic award, candidates can apply for a Science scholarship. The award criteria is:

  • 13+ Entry & Sixth Form: high performance in Senior Scholarship Mathematics paper
  • An excellent interview with the Head of Science and a demonstrable interest in and enthusiasm for science. 

A Science Scholar will study separate Sciences at GCSE and at least two Sciences at A Level.


Sports Awards are open to boys and girls from any school at 11+, 13+ and 16+.

We are looking for pupils who meet the normal academic requirements of the school but who also demonstrate outstanding sporting ability, potential determination and enthusiasm. Successful candidates are likely to be of county standard or above in at least one sport. They will also respond well to guidance, work well in a team and demonstrate good leadership skills, whether by example or captaincy.

Sports Award holders should have exceptional talent in one or more sports, normally at least two. Preference will normally be given to those involved in the School's representational games. Award holders will be expected to be good ambassadors and to demonstrate a willingness to contribute fully to the sporting and general life of the school.

Award Process

Candidates are asked, prior to the assessment day, to provide a brief sporting Curriculum Vitae outlining their achievements to date and a written reference - from a club or county coach or Head of PE for example. 

The assessment will consist of the following:

  • A series of physical tests, for example speed and agilty
  • An interview with a member of the games staff to discuss the sporting CV and ambitions of the candidate.
  • An interview with the Head
  • Academic entrance tests