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Drama scholarships worth up to 5% of fees are available. These awards are based on individual and group auditions as well as an interview. Drama scholarships are available to both external applicants and pupils progressing from the Senior School.

Canterbury TalesThe role of drama scholars

Our Drama scholars are expected to take part actively and contribute to a wide range of Drama & Theatre enrichment activities.


To apply for a Drama scholarship applicants should complete the relevant sections of the scholarship application form, and return to the admissions office. In addition to this ‘acting’ applicants should provide details of two contrasting audition speeches, both of their own choice. They should submit a written account of their theatrical experience, including details of roles played in specific productions.

We welcome applications from ‘non-acting’ applicants who might be interested in focusing on the technical/backstage aspect of drama. ‘Non acting’ applicants should provide a written account of their experience in specific productions. External applicants should return the completed scholarship application form, speeches information where relevant and written account, along with the completed registration form and fee. All applicants should ideally be studying GCSE Drama or have relevant experience in a wide range of extra curricula drama activities.

Auditions and interview - ‘acting’

During their individual audition, applicants will have the opportunity to perform their audition speeches which will be followed by an interview with the Head of Drama. All acting applicants take part in a group audition which does not require any preparation materials.

Interview - ‘non acting’

Applicants should come to an interview prepared to talk to the Head of Drama about a key backstage area they have been involved in and this presentation could be supported by photos, video or PowerPoint evidence. All auditions and interviews will take place at the Senior School.


Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in early December. The Principal’s decision is final. We do not disclose marks, grades or rankings. Successful applicants are required to accept or decline scholarships by early January.

Having accepted a scholarship for the Stephen Perse 6th Form College, applicants are required to withdraw from the application/scholarship process of all other schools and colleges. External applicants must meet the academic requirements for entry to the Stephen Perse 6th Form College.

Details of all key scholarship examination, audition and interview dates are available here.

Please note that auditions and interviews relating to applications for other scholarships and awards may take place on a different day from the academic scholarships and external applicant entrance tests; therefore external applicants must be available for both in order to be considered. External applicants must pass normal entrance assessments to be offered a place at the College.

When an external applicant is applying for an occasional vacancy after the formal period for application and testing has elapsed, an application for an art, drama, music or sport scholarship may only be considered if awards remain outstanding. Academic scholarships and Foundation awards are not available for applicants who do not sit the entrance examinations and attend interviews on the designated day.

Scholarships, which are not means tested, may be held in more than one discipline simultaneously and may be combined with financial assistance (in the form of a bursary).