Entry is for boys aged 11 and below the age of 12 on 1 September in the year of entry. Candidates take an entrance examination consisting of a 90-minute, bespoke reasoning examination on a computer. This will take place on the School premises on Thursday 16 December and Friday 17 December 2021. Candidates will be invited to one of four sessions. A number of boys are called forward for interview on the basis of their performance in the reasoning test and, amongst these boys, offers of places are subsequently made. Boys are not required to bring books, projects or other work with them to interview, but we ask one or both of a boy’s parents or guardians to attend at this time, in order to meet the Headmaster or a Deputy Head.
- Entrance Exam Dates and Process
- Music Scholarships
- Academic Scholarships
If you would like your son to join Haberdashers’ in September 2022, could we remind you that we need to receive your completed online registration form and accompanying fee, no later than 19 November 2021.
Thursday 16 December and Friday 17 December 2021
Entry is for boys aged 11 and below the age of 12 on 1 September in the year of entry. Candidates take an entrance examination consisting of a 90-minute, bespoke reasoning examination on a computer. This will take place on the School premises on Thursday 16 December and Friday 17 December 2021. Candidates will be invited to one of four sessions.
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A number of boys are called forward for interview on the basis of their performance in the reasoning test. Candidates will be interviewed in Maths, English and a group task. Boys are not required to bring books, projects or other work with them to interview, but we ask one or both of a boy’s parents or guardians to attend at this time, in order to meet the Headmaster or a Deputy Head.
The Music Department at Habs is among the strongest in the country, and we aim to ensure that all have an opportunity to experience music throughout the school. Over 600 boys of all ages learn instruments, and support a wealth of ensembles including four orchestras, three wind bands, a big band, jazz ensemble, many guitar and percussion groups, chamber groups and choirs.
The department gives approximately 16 evening concerts per year and weekly lunchtime recitals, as well as supporting assemblies throughout the week with musical performances. Concerts at venues such as the Barbican are a regular feature of the diary, as are tours in the holidays.
As part of its commitment to providing the best musical education to our boys, Habs offers music awards to the strongest musicians in the school. Music award-holders are expected to take part in numerous school ensembles, and to be ambassadors for the department within the school community. In return the school offers them a financial incentive as well as certain privileges and opportunities.
There are two types of music award – scholarships and exhibitions.
- A scholarship includes remission of fees, generally of between 5 and 25%, and also includes free tuition on one instrument in school.
- An exhibition gives free tuition on an instrument.
What Makes a Successful Applicant
- Enthusiasm and an interest in Music: This is more important than anything else – music scholars should exude an enthusiasm for all types of music. They should enjoy discovering new music and be itching to discuss it.
- Grade level: Candidates may be at any level on their instrument(s) and may have one or more instruments to offer. While most successful applicants are already at or above grade 6 on an instrument upon application, the department places significant value on rate of progress: candidates who have achieved Grade 4 or 5 in a very short space of time have also been successful in the past.
- Number of instruments: In some cases being able to play more than one instrument, or offer singing, can be an advantage, but a strong performer on one instrument is likely to be favoured over a lesser performer on two or more instruments.
- Type of instrument: The School will wish to offer scholarships to those it can support best, and to that end candidates playing instruments which fit into our current ensembles are likely to have greater success. All are welcome however, and we will aim to create new ensembles for worthy candidates who play less common instruments.
Applications for awards are made towards the end of the Autumn term. Boys have the opportunity as part of the application to write briefly about what it is that excites them most about their music.
In mid-December boys receive notice of whether they are to be called for audition. Auditions and interviews take place early in the Spring term for both Year 7 and Year 9 entry.
Being a Music Award-holder
Music Award-holders are given performance opportunities throughout their time at the school, within large and small ensembles and as soloists. Concert visits are also occasionally offered to award-holders in advance of others.
It is anticipated that the offer of free tuition will be used for the award-holder’s principal instrument; if they wish to continue lessons with a teacher not employed by the school these are not reimbursed. In this instance free lessons can, with the agreement of the Director of Music, be used for an additional instrument in school.
Visiting the Music Department
The Director of Music, Mr Richard Osmond, is always happy to meet prospective candidates in advance of an application. Appointments should be made through the Music Secretary, Mrs Nathwani (0208 266 1730).
The School offers a limited number of Academic Scholarships each year to pupils entering the Senior School in Year 7 and Year 9. Each Scholarship, which is awarded irrespective of parental financial circumstances, carries an element of fee remission which is usually between 5% to 20% of the annual fees. ALL candidates will be eligible for these Scholarships which are awarded for academic excellence. NO SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS NEEDED.
Those to whom Scholarships are awarded are also eligible to apply for Bursaries, which, if offered, will be given in addition to the value of the Scholarship award. Academic Scholarships are subject to annual review, wherein a Scholar’s attitude to work and academic performance will be considered. A small number of Academic Scholarships are awarded each year by the Head of the Preparatory School for boys joining the Senior School. The principal criteria for awarding these Scholarships are:
• Sustained excellence in academic performance, including evidence from progress grades and end of year examinations
• Performance in relevant Year 6 base line data tests
• Form teacher recommendation, including contribution by the pupil to the wider academic life of the School and attitudes to learning together with the ability to uphold the values stated on the School roundel through their communication and actions.
The School will inform parents by letter in February.
The School Governors, in seeking to widen access and reduce the burden of fees for parents on whom it would rest most heavily, make means-tested bursaries available each year for new entrants to the Senior School, including those from the Preparatory School. Candidates need to qualify for a place at the School as a result of their performance in the 11+ or 13+ Senior School entrance examinations and interviews. Financial need must be established by completion of a confidential statement of financial circumstances.
Bursary awards range in value according to financial needs and the funds available for bursaries. Parents awarded full remission of tuition fees (a 100% award) will also usually be eligible to receive an award that covers the costs of coach travel, and lunches, as well as support with academic trips and one musical instrument.
As a guide, free places may be awarded where total assessable household gross income is below £38,000. Where an offer of a free place is made, and a student uses the school coach service this will also be subsidised. The ceiling for eligibility for financial support is approximately £80,000 gross. Between these two figures contributions towards fees will be on a sliding scale. At 11+, awards may also take account of academic merit, and can be offered in conjunction with an Academic or Music Scholarship.
Bursaries are available throughout the period of a boy’s attendance at the School, subject to satisfactory conduct and progress, and to the continuation of the financial need. Because circumstances do change, parents who require financial assistance are required to complete a new bursary application form each year. For those to whom a bursary has been awarded, the balance of fees due and any other charges for the term (e.g. coach travel) are payable by the parents. Whilst every attempt is made to maintain bursaries at a stable level once they have been awarded, this cannot be guaranteed.
All candidates registered for the Senior School entrance examination receive a bursary application form with the exam pack before the date of the examination.