Recognising exceptional attainment
We take pride at BGS in recognising and celebrating the exceptional abilities of our pupils. Our Scholars’ Programme aims to provide our most able students with a range of opportunities designed to stretch and challenge them.
Because we recognise that children develop at different paces, pupils may be invited to become an Academic, Creative Arts or Sports Scholar on an honorary basis at any point during their time with us.
There are two criteria for this. First, we ask every pupil in our Scholars’ Programme to demonstrate ‘beacon status’, which means taking a lead in participation in form and House activities and in our co-curricular programme. Secondly, we look for an exceptional level of attainment or performance in Creative Arts or Sport. To be invited to become an Academic Scholar, a pupil would typically be ranked within the top ten per cent of their year group in our end-of-year assessments.
In the Sixth Form, students with exceptional commitment and attainment in their chosen subject areas are recognised. All Lower Sixth students are invited in the Autumn term to apply to become a Subject Scholar. Students will typically apply to become a Subject Scholar in a subject which they are thinking of applying for at university. To assist this, we offer a £250 grant to enable students to further their specialist studies. Again, students may be invited to become a Subject Scholar at any point in their Sixth Form career.
Common to all pupils on the Scholars’ Programme are the opportunities to extend their studies and attend extra-curricular events. They will also work more closely with the relevant Head of Subject to inspire and support younger pupils in the school.
BGS is also pleased to offer financial awards for entry to school at Year 7 and the Lower Sixth.