McAuley Scholarship Programme

      Introduction 

      Each academic year, OLA makes available a range of Scholarship awards under the McAuley Scholarship Programme. The programme, which is named after our school founder, Catherine McAuley, recognises and supports students with exceptional talents, both in academic and extra-curricular activities. On this page you will find details of all of our Scholarships. 

      All Scholarships, with the exception of Academic Scholarships for Years 7 and 9, must be applied for in the preceding Michaelmas term (Sept–Nov). Scholarships are not means tested. 

       

      Scholarships Available:
       

      1. Academic Scholarships - Available for Years 7 and 9

      OLA is renowned for the ‘value added’ it provides for students through its nurturing ethos, small class sizes and exceptional teaching. Results in public examinations have been consistently outstanding, and students regularly proceed to Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group universities.

      Our Academic Scholarships are not assessed by application. Assessment is by:

      • Entrance examination
      • Admissions interview
      • School reports

      Students will be required to demonstrate:

      • Excellence in written papers
      • Initiative, drive and a lively mind
      • Good all-round ability with a strong interest in one or more subjects
      • The desire and ability to contribute to the ethos and life of OLA

      The Academic Scholarship award is 10% of school fees and continues until the end of Year 11.
       

      2. Sixth Form Academic Scholarship

      OLA’s Sixth Form offers a broad range of A Level options with all subjects being delivered in small class sizes by expert practitioners.

      Students in Year 11, whether internal or external, may apply to be entered for the Sixth Form Academic Scholarship.

      Candidates must demonstrate:

      • Academic excellence, particularly in their potential A Level subjects
      • Initiative, drive and a lively mind at interview
      • A desire and ability to contribute to the ethos and life of OLA

      The Academic Scholarship award is 10% of school fees and continues until the end of Sixth Form.

      As well as the Academic Scholarship, lower sixth formers can also apply for the Sports, Music, Drama, Textiles and Art Scholarships (see below).

      Sixth Form Academic Scholarship Application Form 


      3. Sports Scholarships - Available for Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth

      OLA offers an extensive programme of sports that encourages students to excel in their chosen disciplines. In recent years OLA alumni have included an international athlete, a tennis player and a county cricketer. Netball, badminton and swimming are other sports in which OLA students have excelled in regional and national competitions.

      The Sports Scholarship recognises sporting excellence, achievement and potential.

      Candidates who apply must demonstrate:

      • High levels of performance and ability in one or more of OLA’s competitive sports
      ​• A commitment to all relevant sporting clubs in which the applicant demonstrates        potential 
      • A desire and ability to contribute to the ethos and life of OLA

      The Sports Scholarship award is £300 per annum and continues until the end of Year 11 or, if granted in the Lower Sixth, to the end of Sixth Form. 

      Those awarded the Scholarship are continually reviewed to ensure all requirements are being met satisfactorily.

      Sports Scholarship Information and Application form 


      4. Art Scholarships - Available for Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth

      OLA has long been renowned for the quality of the art its students produce. The main entrance to OLA’s Senior School is always vibrant with GCSE and A Level artwork.
      The Art Scholarship rewards artistic excellence.

      Candidates are required to:

      • Submit a portfolio of work
      • Attend an interview where they will be asked to discuss work in a range of media
      • Demonstrate a desire and ability to contribute to the ethos and life of OLA

      Successful candidates are expected to study art at GCSE or A Level, as appropriate.

      The Art Scholarship award provides £300 per annum and continues until the end of Year 11 or, if granted in the Lower Sixth, to the end of Sixth Form.

      Art Scholarship Information and Application form 


      5. Drama Scholarships - Available for Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth

      The Performing Arts programme at OLA provides frequent opportunities for students to develop their talents both inside and outside the curriculum. Our impressive drama studio and auditorium regularly stage outstanding works, whether in performances assessed for public exams or for school plays, which have recently included Romeo and Juliet and Hairspray.

      The Drama Scholarship rewards students who demonstrate excellence in and passion for the Dramatic Arts. Candidates must demonstrate:

      • Superior vocal and movement skills
      • An appreciation of the content and style of performance material
      • A desire and ability to contribute to the ethos and life of OLA

      Candidates are required to attend an audition. If selected, they must then go on to study Drama at GCSE or A Level, as appropriate, and to participate in the annual school play.

      The Drama Scholarship award provides £300 per annum and continues until the end of Year 11 or, if granted in the Lower Sixth, to the end of Sixth Form.

      Drama Scholarship Information and application form


      6. Music Scholarships - Available for Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth

      Music is at the centre of all that OLA offers. Students regularly go on to study music at university having achieved the highest grades in their public exams. Through our ensembles, orchestra and choirs, students have regular opportunities to turn practice into performance.

      The Music Scholarship provides help to nurture young talent, reward excellence and support musical potential. Candidates will be required to attend an audition and an interview to demonstrate:

      • Innate musical skills
      • That they are working towards or beyond the ABRSM standards applicable for the award: Year 7 – Grade 4, Year 9 – Grade 5, and Lower Sixth – Grade 7
      • A desire and ability to contribute to the ethos and life of OLA

      The Music Scholarship award provides free individual tuition for one instrument at school by one of the school’s visiting music staff. For exceptionally gifted students this may be extended to two instruments. The award continues until the end of Year 11 or, if granted in the Lower Sixth, to the end of Sixth Form. 
       

      Music Scholarship Information and application form 


      7. Textiles Scholarships - Available for Years 9 and Lower Sixth

      The Textiles department has benefited from significant development and investment in recent years. As a result students can use top of the range facilities and industrial equipment. The department also has its own dedicated Computer Aided Design room where all pupils are taught to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to complement their creativity. 

      The Textiles Scholarship rewards students who demonstrate an aptitude and passion for Textiles. Candidates will be expected to: 

      • Show and discuss a portfolio of their design work along with a textiles product that they have previously produced. Candidates are encouraged to present work carried out both at school and in their own time
      • Demonstrate a desire and ability to contribute to the ethos and life of OLA

      If selected, candidates must then go on to study Textiles at GCSE or A Level, as appropriate.

      The Textiles Scholarship award provides £300 per annum. The award continues until the end of Year 11 or, if granted in the Lower Sixth, to the end of Sixth Form.

      Textiles Scholarship Information And Application Form


      8. All Rounder Scholarship - Available for Years 9 and Lower Sixth

      All Rounder Scholarships are awarded to current OLA students in Year 9 or Lower Sixth on the recommendation of the school’s staff and at the discretion of the Principal.

      The All Rounder Scholarship:

      • Requires no formal application
      • Recognises OLA students who are achieving very well academically and are making substantial contributions to the life of the school

      The All Rounder Scholarship award is 10% of school fees and is reviewed annually.


      Scholarships Application Key Dates 

      School application forms and further details of all Scholarships, as well as the school’s Scholarship Policy, are available on request from the Admissions RegistrarKey dates for Scholarship applications for entry to the school in September 2020 are given below:

      Application deadline: Sixth Form Academic Scholarships Monday 4 November 2019

      Sixth Form Academic Scholarship Interviews for short-listed candidates
      Monday 11 November 2019.

      Application deadline for external and internal candidates: Music, Art, Drama, Textiles and Sports Scholarships Friday 15 November 2019

      Auditions/Interviews for external and internal candidates: Music, Art, Drama, Textiles and Sports Scholarships Friday 29 November 2019