Sixth Form Scholarships

Sixth Form Scholarships - Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

For Academic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution

Cranleigh Sixth Form offers a bespoke programme that values independence and initiative in our young adults. This is evident in our Harkness method of teaching, where pupils have active discussion-based tutorials which require collaborative problem solving.  All our Sixth Formers benefit from personalised career sessions, tailored work experience and personal leadership development. They also all undertake an Extended Project Qualification which helps them to develop university-style study skills and to stand out in the admissions process. 

We will award Sixth Form scholarships to pupils who take a genuine interest in the intellectual world, who have a track-record of achievement and will fulfill their potential of becoming Cranleigh’s leaders. Our expectation is that Sixth Form Scholars will be among the very top performers in their year group when it comes to our internal and, later, public exams. We expect most of them to be at an academic level where ultimately, they could apply to Oxbridge, Ivy League or other world-leading universities.

We also expect scholars to play a full role in the school. In addition to participating in the range of co-curricular activities expected of every Cranleighan, successful candidates will attend scholars tutorials and be encouraged to take an active role in mentoring, coaching, creating clubs, founding societies, competing, public speaking, debating and academic challenges such as Model United Nations, World Scholars Cup and Youth Circles.

Scholars are also encouraged to read widely around their subjects, lead initiatives, to attend subject-specific talks, and to identify academics and other public intellectuals who could add value to the school community.

How to apply for a Sixth Form Scholarship

All external candidates should complete a regular admissions application using our online system which can be accessed here. When this application is complete, please email to register your interest in applying for a scholarship and the team will advise next steps. Note that we require full admissions information to be submitted before progressing with scholarship applications.

Internal candidates should email and the team will advise next steps.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 15th April 2018. A shortlist will be created following review of applications received. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a testing day. Testing will include:

  • Two one-hour exams from a choice of subjects
  • A standardised computer test which assesses verbal and non-verbal reasoning, spatial aptitude and numeracy. This typically takes 90 minutes

The top performers will be invited back for interview. These will be from 30 minutes to one hour, covering:

  • The pupil’s academic interests, aptitude and enthusiasm
  • The pupil’s plans for higher education and career goals
  • Areas in which the pupil will contribute to the school

All of these criteria will be scored with appropriate weighting to inform our overall decision.

Internal candidates will not be required to undergo the above testing as we will be in a position to use our own academic data and knowledge of the pupils. They will, however, be required to submit an application, and shortlisted candidates will be called for interview. Note that our Sixth Form scholarships are ideally suited to Year 11 students who are expecting to achieve predominately A/A* grades at (I)GCSE.