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More House School

Founded in 1953, by the Canonesses of St Augustine, at the request of a group of parents determined to send their daughters to a Catholic London day school. The school occupies two interconnecting townhouses in the heart of Knightsbridge. Pupils of all faiths and none are welcome and the school has a broad cultural mix. Girls are provided with a rounded education, designed to allow individual strengths to shine through.

22-24 Pont Street
Knightsbridge
London Area
SW1X 0AA

+44 (0)20 7235 2855

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ISC associations: GSA, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Day/boarding type: Day

Gender profile: Girls only

Size: 201

More House School fees:

Day fees per term:
£6,950

Scholarships & bursaries:
Available

ISC reference number:
71366

DfE reference number:
207 / 6202

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (201)

Sixth form: (42)

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Bursary support with school fees

Support in the form of bursaries is available to those wishing to attend the School but who are unable to pay the fees, and to those current pupils for whom a change in family circumstances would compromise their ability to remain at the School.

The availability of financial support is publicised by way of the website, the School’s Prospectus and in application packs for entry to the School. Those wishing to be considered for bursary support are required to complete a Bursary Application giving full details of their financial situation, supported by relevant documents.  Bursary remission on fees is assessed according to need and the availability of bursary funds to the School.

Means-tested bursaries awarded in academic year 2017-18 amounted to £300,571 which is 8% of the School’s income.). In total, there were 25 pupils in receipt of bursary provision, representing 12% of the School roll. The level of bursary awards ranges from 10 – 100%.

To apply for a means-tested bursary for new entrants you will need to complete and return our application form by 31 December 2019, for entry in September 2020. The form is available from: clerk@morehousemail.org.uk

All bursary applications are subject to annual means-testing and may be varied upwards or downwards depending on parental circumstances and financial information provided on review.

Scholarships

11+ scholarships

At any time before or up to the closing date for registrations (30th November), parents may apply for consideration for a scholarship for their daughter by notifying the Registrar on the examination form.

Academic

At More House, all students with Academic Scholarships will be part of the school's gifted and talented More’s Household programme and are expected to be leading members of this group. The Household group comprises of students who have been identified by departments as more able and talented within their subject areas. Scholarship holders will be required to attend all relevant Household meetings and events and exhibit their scholarly projects at the annual Scholars’ Showcase. Provision for these students and appropriate differentiation of activities in and out of the classroom are made as a matter of normal working practice.

Those with an Academic Scholarship at More House have access to an annual research grant (up to £500 for Years 7-8, £1000 for Years 9,10 and 11 and £2000 for Sixth Form) to which they apply, to the Co-Heads, for books, courses and other research/scholarly activities.

Assessment: In the case of a scholarship grant for academic performance these will be awarded, by the Co-Head based on the performance in the 11+ Entrance Examination itself, an interview with the Co-Head in the Autumn Term and a reference from the pupil’s current school.

Drama

Students awarded Drama Scholarships are expected to be ambassadors for their subject, taking opportunities to develop their abilities while they are at More House. Those opportunities that make up the minimum expectation for drama scholars include auditioning for all plays, supporting (or producing) student dramatic work. Drama Scholarship beneficiaries have access to a grant each year (up to £500 for Years 7-8, £1000 for Years 9,10 and 11 and £2000 for Sixth Form) to support the development of their drama skills, in consultation with the Head of Drama and the Co-Heads.

Assessment: Interview. A formal interview in January, lasting no more than 30 minutes, with the Head of Drama to discuss experience within the creative arts and demonstrate practical skill through the performance of one published monologue. To help communicate understanding of theory and practical skill, a portfolio is recommended. This will form the basis of discussion during the final part of the interview.

Art & Design

Candidates must display evidence of a personal interest in Art & Design both inside and outside the confines of the classroom. Candidates must have the ability to record from first hand observation using a range of materials, techniques and processes. Candidates must display genuine engagement over time and demonstrate they are passionate about this subject. We are expecting to see sustained development of individual projects and the potential to develop further. A candidate should also have seen a range of Art & Design, at first hand, in museums and art galleries.

Assessment: Interview A formal interview in January, lasting around an hour. This will include a practical drawing task and an interview with the Head of Art.

Music

Students awarded music scholarships are expected to participate fully in the school’s Music department. Not only to perform in concerts, but they are encouraged to share their expertise and skills with pupils from More House and other feeder schools. Students that are awarded Music Scholarships, like Academic, also have access to a grant each year (up to £500 for Years 7-8, £1000 for Years 9,10 and 11 and £2000 for Sixth Form) to support their musical development in consultation with the head of music and the co-heads of the school. A candidate should be capable of playing at least one first study instrument (including voice) at grade 4 – 5 standard. It is not necessary to have actually passed these exams.

Assessment: Interview and Performance.  Each candidate will be invited to a formal interview with the Head of Music lasting no more than thirty minutes to discuss their musical aspirations, what they feel they could offer the school, and what they feel they would get out of being a music scholar.

Candidates will then be asked to perform two pieces on their first instrument, or one on their first and one on their second. In addition, there will be short sight-reading and aural tests. If an accompanist is required, this must be provided by the candidate.

We would additionally ask candidates to bring with them the most recent mark sheets of Associated Board or Trinity Exams that they have taken on the instruments that they are playing at the audition.

Sport

Candidates are expected to demonstrate outstanding ability, games awareness and remarkable potential in their chosen sport. They should be participating at school ‘A’ team standard in their chosen sport and be representing a team at Club, County, Regional or National level.

Assessment: Interview. Candidates will be invited for interview in January with the Head of PE for approx. 30 minutes about their sporting achievements; knowledge of rules and tactics relevant to the major sports; current sporting affairs and their expectations for involvement within More House. 

Applicants will be asked to bring to interview a portfolio of their sporting experience and achievements (this could include some video footage) and references from a PE teacher or coach.

Sixth Form Entry

These are given to girls entering the Sixth Form that we believe have shown talent and indeed potential for the rigours of the coming years as well as acting as excellent role models. So, while the talent may vary from skills in different spheres academic, to sporting to creativity – the approach to life and willingness to work hard are the same. A grant, up to the value of £2000 is available to support the development of an area of interest which will complement their A level subjects, This will be in consultation with the Head of Sixth Form and the Co-Heads.

Assessment: Candidates should apply in writing to the Co-Heads at the beginning of the Spring Term, in a letter outlining their wish to be considered for a Sixth Form Scholarship, or that they wish their existing Scholarship to be converted to a Sixth Form Scholarship. They will then be required to attend an interview with a Co-Head and the Head of Sixth Form. The date for the Scholarship Interview will be after the Mock Examinations.

Students with Sixth Form Academic Scholarships are expected to complete the Extended Project Qualification in the Lower Sixth or fulfil another extension activity that has equivalent academic challenge (eg. enter national competitions).

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies