For Year 7 entrants, 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.
Year 12 Academic Scholarship candidates will need to write one essay (chosen from a selection of titles provided by the school) and then discuss their essay with the Headmaster. Candidates will also sit a test paper in a subject selected by the candidate (November of Year 11).
As an inclusive community Dunottar values the vibrancy and passion for learning which our Academic Scholars bring to everyday school life. To support and guide Scholars we provide a comprehensive programme designed to immerse them in learning to develop a mature sense of scholarly curiosity and to inspire a deepening understanding of the wider aspects of academic life.
Our Scholars’ Programme includes:
Our Scholars are inspired by learning and enjoy immersing themselves in the challenge of finding out more, therefore, the next steps, after Dunottar, are very important. We give close guidance and support to our Scholars in accessing all top research Universities, including Oxbridge, with advice on writing their personal statements, interview practice and preparation for any of the entrance examinations which they may need to take.
Through our comprehensive programme our Academic Scholars are supported and inspired to maintain their love of learning, encouraged to remain curious and disciplined in their endeavours and we look forward to hearing how they made a difference in their field of learning in years to come.
Whilst our Scholars are expected to fully partake in the programme there are times when other students, with a particular passion or interest, might also benefit from the events being run and where there is space to do so invitations will be offered to them. We are also aware that there are Scholars emerging within our community between the times of the formal testing and thus we keep a constant track of performance across all year groups, inviting and involving those students who are starting to show Scholarly attributes as they move through the school.