13+ Art Scholarships

The Art Department is enormously successful at Blundell’s. Partly housed in Ondaatje Hall and the modern Popham Centre, the facilities are purpose-built, spacious and light, creating a wonderful environment in which our pupils can thrive and flourish. The studios are well equipped for painting, photography (darkroom and digital), printmaking, research (a well-stocked art library and dedicated ICT suite), sculpture and ceramics, thus allowing the pupils to experiment in a wide range of media. Pupils’ work is regularly entered for local and national competitions, indeed two pieces were recently selected for exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery, London, having reached the shortlist of twenty in the International Schools Art Competition.

Beyond the campus the Art department organises regular trips to the London, Bristol and Exeter galleries as well as further afield to New York, Prague, Amsterdam and Madrid. There is a strong emphasis on working with local artists through workshops, lectures, joint exhibitions and visits to their studios. Royal Academy artists visit each year and lead an excellent day-long life drawing workshop at the school. Pupils move on to Art Colleges such as Falmouth, Bournemouth, Wimbledon and Chelsea, which is powerful evidence that studying Art at Blundell’s will support and stretch the best and give a strong foundation to an individual’s art practice. 

Selection Procedure

All candidates (even internal) should submit their portfolios and a letter of support/reference from their current Art teacher four weeks before the assessment date. Assessment will be made by interview, a portfolio of 5 pieces (maximum) of recent work, a 1 hour observational drawing test. Please do not include artwork produced with the aid of an external tutor. Candidates are expected to be able to talk lucidly about their own work and their involvement in the subject outside of school lessons. External candidates who are not entered for the academic scholarships must also satisfy the entry requirements by sitting Common Entrance or the Blundell’s Entry Test (Mathematics and English).

Successful Candidates

The successful candidate(s) will have demonstrated a pro-active, skilled and independent approach to the subject beyond the projects set in the classroom. A fertile imagination and natural curiosity must be supported by an obvious passion for art. Strong drawing skills are essential as is the ability to experiment with media in innovative and interesting ways. Awareness and an appreciation of work of other artists will also be expected.

An art scholar will not only set an example of excellent practice but also initiate and lead art-related events, such as inviting a speaker or arranging an exhibition or workshop. It is a requirement that art scholars will continue to study the subject to GCSE level as a minimum, and if Art is not studied as an examination subject in the 6th Form, scholars would be expected to offer a significant presence in the Art department in extra-curricular time.

Value of Awards

The value of these awards is up to 25% of the chosen entry designation.

Peter Blundell Foundation Bursaries

We are fortunate to be able to offer means tested Foundation Bursaries to successful award applicants, whose parents need financial assistance in order to send their son or daughter to Blundell’s. With these bursaries, the Governors wish to reflect the spirit of Peter Blundell’s vision. Applications for any of the award categories must be accompanied by a notarised Statement of Financial Means form (available from the Registrar’s Office). 

For further information please contact Mrs T Frankpitt: -

Tel: 01884 232310
Email: t.frankpitt@blundells.org


13+ Scholarships & Awards


Current Information (PDF)
More detailed scholarship information is available in the Current Information PDF document.