Drama Scholarships

Drama Scholarships at Truro School in Cornwall

Drama Scholarships are awarded to candidates entering Truro School at 11+, 13+ and 16+.  The value of any scholarship awarded by the school is capped at 10% of the fees. Any help thereafter is given in the form of a means-tested bursary.

All external candidates for a Drama Scholarship are required to register with the School before an application is made. The Director of Drama is always pleased to talk to prospective parents concerning any aspect of Drama Scholarships.

The School is looking for gifted and motivated candidates who will act as ambassadors for the Drama Department and lead by example. 


In return, we offer the teaching and guidance of staff that have a wealth of experience in professional theatre, as well as the superb facilities of the Burrell Theatre.  The Director of Drama mentors scholars through regular meetings to review progress and discuss personal goals.  Opportunities for scholarship pupils include: performing in a wide variety of productions over the course of the year; working closely with our theatre company in residence – Cube Theatre; one-to-one coaching for the National Youth Theatre and Drama School auditions; the opportunity for 16+ pupils to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; numerous theatre visits; the opportunity to work with a range of professional theatre practitioners and directors.  LAMDA lessons are also available as a popular extra activity.

All Drama Scholars are expected to:

  • Undertake a high level of involvement with both curricular and co-curricular drama activities and to become role models to the wider School community in respect of their commitment to Drama.
  • Apply commitment, reliability and enthusiasm to rehearsals and related Drama activities

11+ pupils are expected to:

  • Participate in the Drama Workshop activity on Wednesday afternoons
  • Participate in the Junior Play
  • Participate in the main school production
  • Assist the Department on Open Days.

13+ pupils are expected to:

  • Participate in the Drama Workshop activity on Wednesday afternoons (during 3rd Year)
  • Study GCSE Drama (in the 4th and 5th Years)
  • Participate in at least one school production over the course of the year
  • Assist the Department on Open Days

16+ pupils are expected to:

  • Participate in the main school production each year
  • Lead small rehearsal groups for productions when required
  • Study A-Level Theatre Studies
  • Assist the Department on Open Days and with publicity for productions
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The Application Process

Scholarship assessment is not based solely on acting ability, but also on whether the candidate demonstrates the ability to work well with others, enthusiasm for performance, motivation to improve their acting and previous commitment to Drama.

It is expected that Drama Scholarship candidates will be able to provide supporting evidence of previous experience or commitment to Drama. Candidates must provide a reference from a teacher, director or instructor who can testify to the pupil’s talent and dedication.



All applicants will be required to attend an audition.  They will participate in a workshop, during which they will be assessed on their ability to work collaboratively and imaginatively with others.  The workshop will consist of drama exercises, improvisation and scripted work.  Copies of script extracts can be sent in advance if requested (available from one week prior to the audition date).


Auditions for September 2018 entry will be held at The Burrell Theatre on:

16+:   By appointment

11+ and 13+    Monday, 14 January 2019


Completed application forms should be returned to: Director of Admissions, Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro  TR1 1TH, admissions@truroschool.com


  • 16+ Friday 9 November 2018
  • 11+ and 13+ Friday 14 December 2018