Early planning is always best
Every year a select few parents discover that their child has been successful in securing a scholarship place to a top public school as a result of their child’s exceptional talents in a specific field of endeavour.
Scholarships, which are sometimes also referred to as Exhibitions or Awards, are awarded to a select few children for Academic, Musical or Sports related abilities.
Whilst, in theory, any child can be put forward for a scholarship, in practice each school will invariably have their own specific criteria for selecting the winning applicants.
In addition with their differing criteria, individual schools each have their own timetables and cut-off dates applications and subsequent exam sittings.
It’s important, therefore, to ensure that your child isn’t forced to sit a variety of tests for different schools and so where possible identify your first-choice school and set that as the focus of their exam preparation.
Adopt a focused approach
We’ve spoken to parents had been trying to prepare their child for multiple scholarship applications, something that invariably leads to disappointment.
It’s always better to take a holistic view, to consider all factors, such as the school, its location, the entrance criteria, any bursary options and so on, and from there narrow down ones focus to just a couple of scholarships.
This will enable parents, tutors, teachers and your child to work together following a structured timetable with clear end goals.