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Drama Scholarships

Drama Scholarships are offered to Belmont pupils and applicants at 11+ entry and range in value, normally not exceeding 10% of the annual fee.

It is possible for an award to be increased by the addition of a bursary, subject to the satisfactory completion of financial statement forms and acceptance by the Foundation Bursary Committee. 

The awards are tenable for two years at Belmont and continue for five years at Mill Hill, our senior school, subject to satisfactory progress and behaviour. Any bursary addition would be reviewed annually. 

The Head of Drama is always happy to meet with prospective candidates and their parents, and to answer enquiries at any stage of the application process. Visiting the school during Open Days, however, is seen as an important part of the application procedure as it gives the candidates and their parents the opportunity to see the department in action, see where their audition would take place, and helps the candidate feel at ease when they come for their formal audition. 

What is the required standard? 

For entry at 11+ candidates will be expected to be an actively involved pupil in their current school’s drama department and/or be involved in external drama groups. They may have achieved drama qualifications e.g., Lamda at least at Merit level.  Formal qualifications though are not a prerequisite, and we appreciate, however, that this standard can be difficult to assess if no formal examinations have taken place. The over-riding factor in whether a candidate receives an award will be whether they show exceptional promise in Drama. If you are in any doubt about suitability for an award, please contact the Head of Drama in advance. 

When do the auditions take place? 

Auditions and interviews for entry in September will take place during the Spring Term of that year; successful candidates will be required to perform at a sound academic level in the school’s entrance tests and interviews. 

What happens on the day of the auditions? 

On the day of the auditions, all candidates will be involved in a drama workshop.  Within that workshop they will be given and asked to perform two short monologues to a panel of two Belmont drama staff, be interviewed by the Head of Drama at Belmont and where appropriate, the Head. 

Belmont Drama Scholars 

Candidates entering for a Scholarship should be aware that if offered a Drama award, drama will become a major part of their school life. Scholars are expected to take a full and active part in the theatrical life of the school and will find themselves performing in House and year group productions several times throughout the school year, they should expect to participate in Drama club and to support performances in Chapels and assemblies. As well as opportunities to go on trips to the theatre (see below), there will be an expectation to participate with visiting theatre groups.  Currently, the school, which works closely with Mill Hill, has presented productions of Hairspray, Les Miserables, Pride & Prejudice, and various comedy and tribute shows. Along with the music department, the drama department have seen a number of West End shows including, Shrek, Wicked, Sound of Music, Joseph, Stomp, Matilda, Cats and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Opportunities to audition in shows outside school will also be passed to successful candidates. 

Further Information 

If you require any further information, or are unsure about any aspect of the application process or the suitability of your child for a drama award, please contact office@belmontschool.com