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13+ Scholarships

A REGISTRATION FORM is available by clicking here and the ENTRY FORM is available by clicking here. Both should be returned to the Registrar, Taunton School by the deadline date, as stated below and on the form.

Taunton School offers Scholarships and Awards to recognise academic, artistic, musical, athletic, technological and all round talent to candidates for Year 9.  Applicants must be under 14 years on 1 September in the year of entry.

There are a number of Major and Minor Awards of up to 40% of the tuition fee and consideration will be given to bursaries up to a similar value, awarded at the Headmaster’s discretion.   

The provisional dates of the various examinations and assessments are set out below and will be finalised in due course:


NB:  Entries that arrive after the published date will not be included.

Academic and All Rounder Examinations - Monday 25 January 2016

NB:  All Rounder disciplines will be assessed and interviews take place as below:

Sports Interviews & Assessments - Tuesday 26 January 2016

Art Scholarships - Electronic portfolios and personal statements should reach the Head of Art via email: by Tuesday 12 January 2016; Interviews and a practical test: Tuesday 26 January 2016

Drama / Music / ICT / D&T - Wednesday 27 January 2016


The Headteacher of the candidate’s present school should be advised of the application.  When the application has been received, the candidate’s present Headteacher will be approached for a confidential report.  For internal candidates, the relevant staff will be advised of the application and approached for a confidential report.


The criteria and procedures for each Award are set out below.  It is possible for candidates to enter for a maximum of two Awards plus All Rounder.




The Scholarships are open to applicants from within or outside the School, either as day or boarding pupils, and are awarded on academic merit and potential.  Candidates will normally be required to sit the examinations at Taunton School on Monday 25 January 2016.  Special consideration will be given for overseas candidates to sit the examinations at their own school.


Candidates will sit four papers (45 minutes each).  Maths and English are compulsory, but candidates can choose two other papers from the list of optional subjects on the entry form.  Candidates will also choose from one of their academic exam subjects and have a 10-minute interview with the Head of Department of that chosen department.  Candidates will also attend an interview with the Headmaster; dates and times will be advised.  


Candidates for the Macpherson All Rounder Awards will take the examinations on Monday 25 January 2016.  The format will be the same as for the Academic scholarships and a timetable will be provided nearer the time. 


Candidates should show a high degree of competence in academic work as well as showing skills in one or more of the following disciplines: Art, Drama, Music or Sport.   All Rounder interviews and assessments will take place on the same day and follow the same format as detailed for each of the corresponding disciplines below and the same requirements will apply. 

NB:  Sport and Art interviews and assessments will take place on Tuesday 26 January 2016; Drama, ICT, D&T and Music interviews and auditions will take place on Wednesday 27 January 2016. All Rounder candidates will also attend an interview with the Headmaster; dates and times will be advised. 

CLICK HERE for 13+ Scholarships Information

CLICK HERE for Expectations of Scholars  

CLICK HERE for Gerrard Sports Awards Information

CLICK HERE for the Gerrard Sports Awards (Junior) entry form 

For further information, please contact the Registrar, Taunton School, Taunton TA2 6AD. 01823 703700 or 

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