Our new Scholars’ programme has been designed to provide Dunottar Scholars with an enrichment experience that will bring out the best in our most able pupils.
We expect our Scholars to show real commitment to their scholarship subject(s), to aim high, not simply for their own benefit, but to have a positive impact on their peer group and other students as advocates of their subject areas.
The Scholars’ programmes are overseen by Heads of Department and comprise a series of Oxbridge style tutorials, practical workshops, presentations and networking opportunities designed to further develop the Warrior Learner attributes: creativity, tenacity, independence, curiosity, aspiration, collaboration and inclusivity.
Scholarships are awarded to pupils who enter the school in years 7 and 12. These pupils are expected to be exceptional in their performance and potential.
There is no application process for an Academic Scholarship. These are awarded to those pupils who reach the highest standard in the entrance assessments and show the greatest potential for growth.
Overseen by Nicola Wintle, Head of Politics, Economics and Business, Academic Scholars play a vital role in school life as ambassadors of their favourite subject(s), benefiting from a programme of workshops, presentations and debates to develop their abstract thinking.
Art Scholarships and Design & Technology Scholarships
Art and D&T Scholars will benefit from the excellent teaching and facilities at Dunottar to enable them to explore a range of styles and media. They are encouraged to develop their own creativity and their own personal style.
The programme is supplemented by enrichment opportunities inside and outside the school environment including networking with local working artists, competitions, museum trips and practical workshops.
Music Scholarships are awarded to exceptional musicians in any instrument.
Music Scholars play an integral role in school productions, concerts and at local and national Music Scholars’ performances. Supported by brilliant teaching, our Scholars benefit from a portfolio of enriching activities including masterclasses with professional musicians, composition workshops, solo recitals and mentoring to achieve a high level in the Arts Awards for Music Scholars scheme.
Performing Arts Scholarships
Performing Arts Scholarships are awarded to those pupils who exhibit exceptional talent in drama, dance or musical theatre.
These Scholars play a leading role in school productions, performances and concerts and benefit from a rich tapestry of enrichment outside the classroom including a drama Scholar’s performance, the Shakespeare Schools Festival, workshops with industry professionals and theatre trips.
Our Scholars are given regular support from the departmental team and they are supported in their ambition to secure a career in the arts.
Sport Scholarships are awarded to candidates who demonstrate huge potential across a variety of sports including (for girls) lacrosse, netball, cricket and athletics and (for boys) rugby, football, cricket and athletics.
Dunottar Sports Scholars benefit from regular performance assessments with the support of the PE department, analysing and evaluating their results and building training programmes to maximise future success.
This is enhanced by a series of inspirational talks with professional sportsmen and women sharing their stories of success and failures, and the commitment and lifestyle choices they have to make.
For Year 7 Scholarships the Senior Leadership Team will be looking for pupils who have the ability to have a positive impact on their peer group and other students, who demonstrate that they share Dunottar values and who have the most potential to contribute to school life. These judgments will be made based on the experience of meeting pupils at interview and from school reports.
For Year 12 Scholarships, the Senior Leadership Team will take into consideration: the alignment the student shows to the Dunottar values, the ability to have a positive impact on their peer group and that of other students throughout the school, leadership ability and their overall contribution to school life.