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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 representing up to 40% of the tuition fee.  Consideration will be given to bursaries of up to a similar value, awarded at the Headmaster’s discretion.   

The dates of the various examinations and assessments are set out below:


NB:  Regretfully, 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 will take place as below:

Sports interviews and assessments:                               Tuesday 26 January 2016

Art interviews and practical tests:                                   Wednesday 27 January 2016

Electronic portfolios and personal statements should reach the Head of Art via email: by:                              Tuesday 12 January 2016

Drama, Music, ICT and D&T assessments:                       Wednesday 27 January 2016


The Headteacher of the candidate’s present school should be advised of the application and they will be approached for a confidential report, once an application has been received.  Similarly, a report for current Taunton School pupils will be requested.

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 all applicants, whether 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 of 45 minutes each.  Maths and English are compulsory and 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 to have a 10-minute interview with the Head of that department. There will also be a short interview with the Headmaster.    


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 two of the following disciplines: Art, Drama, Music or Sport.   All Rounder interviews and assessments will take place as detailed for each of the corresponding disciplines below and the same requirements will apply. 

NB: Sport interviews and assessments will take place on Tuesday 26 January 2016. Drama, Art, 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. 

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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