The Sunmarke Scholarship Programme is a recognition of ability and application and is aimed at those students who have not only demonstrated a high level of academic, sporting or artistic ability, but those who have also shown themselves as being highly motivated and driven to achieve the highest possible standards with all aspects of their life.
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With exceptional teachers and subject specialists, we provide a dynamic and innovative curriculum that is designed to meet the individual needs, talents and interests of our students. We empower all students to achieve outstanding academic qualifications supplemented by nurturing a deep skills base which fully prepares them for work and study within the ever-changing challenges of the third millennium.
As a character-building and disruptively innovative school we believe in nurturing and promoting students to excel across all educational disciplines on offer at Sunmarke. Next academic year, our Board of Directors are funding scholarship places for students joining Sunmarke School in September 2021.
Students in receipt of these prestigious scholarships will be committed to their education, with the aspiration to complete three A Level subjects or study within our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Sunmarke School.
All Scholarship students will be able to take advantage of and participate within the following opportunities and provision
- A personalised, stimulating and challenging experience, offering a broad and dynamic curriculum
- Academic pathways, guidance and encouragement and full support to gain places into prestigious institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge, Russel Group and leading Ivy League universities.
- Access to state-of-the-art secondary subject labs and classrooms for both independent and collaborative learning
- State-of-the-art infrastructure, and sports and extracurricular facilities.
- Leadership, mentoring and volunteering opportunities both in and out of school
- Initiatives to further ambition and career development: careers days, academic booster sessions, mentoring schemes, career counselling and guidance, and partnerships with companies and professionals from industry – including internship.
We provide merit-based scholarships in 3 categories – Academics, Sports and Music for gifted scholars.
We encourage gifted students to apply and promise a school journey which will enable each student to flourish and exceed their potential. Students do, however, have to pass a rigorous process to be awarded a scholarship, and hence only the most deserving apply. Students seeking a scholarship will find our process challenging and invigorating, as they will get an opportunity to truly showcase what makes them deserving of the scholarship.
Note, since there are only a limited number of scholarships awarded in a year, competition is fierce. The Scholarship Application consists of the following:
Academic scholarships are awarded from and including Year 10 (typically, age 15+). To get a scholarship, besides meeting a variety of acceptance criteria, the applicant will need to have achieved CAT scores above 135 and be on track or have scored A to A* in all the I/GCSE subjects.
Sports scholarships are awarded from and including Year 9 (typically, age 14+). To get a scholarship, besides meeting a variety of acceptance criteria, the applicant will need to have achieved honours or awards as an individual or as part of a team on the national, regional or international stage in at least 1 sport. Note, if the applicant’s CAT score is lower than 135, they can still apply for this scholarship because we assess for gifted ability in sports.
Music scholarships are awarded from any year group. To get a scholarship, besides meeting a variety of acceptance criteria, the applicant will need to have achieved Grade 8 in at least 1 musical instrument or voice, and show evidence of solo or orchestra performance. Note, if the applicant’s CAT score is lower than 135, they can still apply for this scholarship because we assess for gifted ability in music.
Here is a brief description of the steps involved in our Scholarship Application Process:
Part 1 of Application
Student and Parent details:
Submit the online Scholarship Application form which consists of parent and student details.
CAT (Cognitive Ability Test):
Our Admissions team will then contact you to take the school’s Cognitive Ability Test (CAT), which is a computer test that assesses IQ and cognitive abilities. If you are in the UAE, you are required to come into school and take the test. If you are applying from abroad, you can take the test online. Because of the fierce competition for scholarships, CAT results need to be over 135. Hence, typically, only the gifted and talented apply for scholarships.
Part 2 of the Application
After you submit details, we recommend that you immediately start working on Part 2 of the Scholarship Application form. Part 2 consists of two References: 4 Essays & 1 Video Question
Part 3 of the Application
Students who qualify for the final round will be called for an interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Principal.
Part 4 of the Application
Intimation of Results
After the application process is complete, the Admissions team will inform the applicant of the outcome in July 2021, and if successful, the extent of the scholarship and waiver of tuition fees.
To start your child’s Scholarship Application, click here to apply now.
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