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Design & Technology Scholarships

Design & Technology Scholarships are offered to Belmont pupils and applicants at 11+ entry.

Awards are for the duration of the candidate’s time at BelmontAt 13+ Belmontians are put forward again for the 13+ range of scholarships that are available for the next five years at Mill Hill. They are all subject to satisfactory progress and behaviour. Any bursary addition would be reviewed annually. 

Visiting the school during Open Days is seen as an important part of the application process as it gives the candidates and their parents the opportunity to view the facilities that are available and meet the Head of Design & Technology. The Head of the Design & Technology department is always happy to meet with prospective families and answer enquiries at any stage of the application process. 

What is the required standard for Design & Technology? 

For entry at 11+, candidates are expected to demonstrate both an ability in Design & Technology and a passion for the subject. We appreciate however, this can be difficult to assess as no formal examinations have taken place due to the varied differing nature of the subject delivery in many of our feeder schools. The over-riding factor whether a candidate receives an award will be whether they show exceptional creative promise and enthusiasm for Design & Technology beyond the classroom via evidence of prior work in addition to the assessment itself and demonstrate an overall high academic performance. 

When and how is the Design & Technology Scholarship award assessed? 

The process takes place in the Spring Term for entry into Belmont in September of the same year. Candidates are asked to submit a digital portfolio of at least two projects they have previously undertaken using predominantly wood, metal or plastic and send it to admissions@belmontschool.com. Textile submissions are welcome however there is currently no provision on the curriculum with this medium. Please include more than one image of each project and include a brief description explaining the details of your product and how you made it. We ask the completed portfolio is saved in a pdf format. If the file size is too large to send via email, please submit it via wetransfer.com. 

The Head of Design & Technology views all submissions and shortlists candidates for the assessment. 

In addition, successful candidates will be required to perform at a sound level academically in the school’s entrance assessment. 

What happens on the day of the assessments? 

On the day of the assessment, the shortlisted candidates will be set a practical task to demonstrate their confidence and ability in the workshop. During this time, the potential scholars will also be required to individually present the projects from their digital submission to the Belmont and Mill Hill Design & Technology Heads of Department. They should expect to be questioned on their project pieces in detail and candidates will be asked general questions on their experience and knowledge of the subject.   

What is entailed in the Design & Technology Scholarship award? 

Design & Technology scholars will benefit from an enrichment programme of cultural visits and masterclasses and are viewed as ambassadors for the subject. They will take part in a thriving Young Enterprise club tasked with creating and putting together business ideas and resources for sale at Fun Days and other school events. 

Candidates that are offered a Design & Technology scholarship award should be aware that the subject will become a major part of their school life. They are expected to take a full and active part in the Design and Technology life of the school by attending a variety of clubs including a 3D Design & Print club, Robotics club and the Year 7 Design & Technology scholars club. They will find themselves entered into competitions, contributing to, or being involved in Design & Technology clubs throughout the school week as well as being called upon for Belmont community projects i.e., props for school plays and will represent the Design & Technology department when required i.e., Open Mornings. 

The deadline to apply for a Design & Technology Scholarship is listed on the Admissions Calendar. Applications received after this time will not be accepted. 

If you require any further information or are unsure about any aspect of the application process including the suitability of your child for a Design & Technology award, please contact the admissions team on admissions@belmontschool.com or the Head of Design & Technology on awarden@belmontschool.com.