Scholarship applications for entry into Year 7 in 2023 have now closed.
Boarding scholarship applications for students in Year 10 2023 will open in Term 4, 2021.
Limited places are available for entry into Year 10 in 2023. Scholarship applications will open in Term 4, 2021 and the scholarship examination will be sat on 31 March 2022.
Detailed information about Barker’s Scholarships can be found here.
Important Information Regarding Applications for Year 7 2023 Scholarships
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and its associated impacts on what schools are able to do under the Public Health Orders, Barker are unfortunately unable to welcome students to the School to participate in our Scholarship Assessment testing, scheduled for 5 November 2021.
To this end, Academic Assessment Services will now conduct the testing using an online platform at the student's home. This ensures that the testing will take place in a safe manner.
Parents who have already registered their child will receive further information regarding the testing directly from Academic Assessment Services. However, in the first instance there are technical requirements needed for the test to proceed online. Details of these can be found in Attachment A and Attachment B.
Communication will be sent to parents who have registered their child, by AAS using the email firstname.lastname@example.org and we encourage you to add this to your address book to ensure you receive all communication.
Should you have a question relating to the online testing process, please contact Academic Assessment Services directly.
All Scholarships are subject to annual review but are normally tenable until Year 12, subject to continuing satisfactory performance and conduct. The purpose of the scholarship program is to identify students of outstanding academic potential. All students must be Australian citizens or permanent residents as Barker is not registered to enrol International students
The Testing Process
Students undertake four tests as part of this process. The first three parts are multiple choice formats.
- An aptitude test which is predominately verbal and numeric in nature.
- A reading comprehension task which focuses on inference, analysis and reasoning.
- A mathematics task which assesses reasoning and analytical skills.
- A writing / essay task assessing the student's facility for written language.
Different tests are targeted at different year levels and are designed to differentiate ability levels of higher performing students.
The School uses the test information, school reports, NAPLAN results, questionnaires and a variety of other criteria in its decisions regarding the awarding of scholarships. All candidates (including current Barker students) will be asked to provide copies of the last 2 school reports, copy of the last NAPLAN assessment, and a completed questionnaire. External candidates must also provide a copy of their birth certificate.
Individual scholarship results are NOT available to parents.
Barker is pleased to offer the following Scholarships:
Further details will be available on the website at the start of Term 3.
Academic Scholarships – The Council of Barker College provides up to three scholarships for students of outstanding academic potential entering Year 7.
Music Scholarships – The Council of Barker College provides up to two Music Scholarships to students entering Year 7 who play an orchestral instrument or are vocalists.
Co-curricular Scholarships – The Council of Barker College provides up to four scholarships for students who demonstrate a commitment to co-curricular pursuits which may include, but are not limited to, community service, sport, creative arts, robotics or citizenship.
Evelyn Hill Scholarship – Named in honour of former student Evelyn Hill who was one of the first students of Rev. Henry Plume in 1890 and was one of the first women to enter Sydney University. This scholarship for a girl commencing in Year 7 who shows outstanding academic potential.
Academic Scholarships, subject specific – Up to a maximum of four additional Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Head of Barker to students entering Year 7 who demonstrate particular aptitude for Mathematics, Science, English, or the creative arts generally. Selection criteria for these individual subject Scholarships include presentation of a portfolio of work indicating the range and depth of a student’s experience and capability in their preferred area of study.
The Barker Foundation Scholarship – This is an open-entry scholarship for students seeking to enter Year 7, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who meet established selection criteria, including outstanding academic potential and meritorious performance in academic work, as well as grounds of financial need or equity.
The Leslie’s Men Scholarship – This scholarship has been endowed by Old Boys who attended the School during the term of WS Leslie as Headmaster (1933-1957) and is awarded to a student entering Year 7. All applicants are assessed on the same criteria which applies to academic scholarships, although the applicant’s involvement in team sports and other cultural and recreational pursuits is also taken into account. While performance in the scholarship examination is taken into account in the award of the scholarship, aspects of the student's character and community-mindedness are also important in the determination of the award. The Leslie’s Men Scholarship has particularly been established to offer the opportunity to attend Barker College to a student whose family circumstances might not otherwise enable him or her to do so.
Barker Barang Indigenous Scholarship – This scholarship is for an Indigenous student entering Year 7.
The Copeland Scholarship – The E. W. Copeland Scholarship is awarded to two outstanding applicants from the Barker College Junior School and provides assistance of an amount up to 50% of Academic tuition for Years 7 to 12. One scholarship is awarded to a boy and one to a girl. Students are required to sit the scholarship examination.
Academic Scholarships – The Council of Barker College provides up to five scholarships for boys and girls of outstanding academic potential entering Year 10. Boys currently attending Barker College are eligible to apply for these scholarships, as are students entering Barker at Year 10 level.
Music Scholarships – The Council of Barker College provides up to two Music Scholarships to students entering Year 10 who play an orchestral instrument or are vocalists.
Co-curricular Sports Scholarships – The Council of Barker College provides up to four scholarships for students who demonstrate a commitment to co-curricular sport. Students who are awarded this scholarship show excellence and future potential in their chosen sport and can demonstrate that they will add to the life of the School through their participation and attitude.
The Barker Foundation Scholarship – This is an open-entry scholarship for students seeking to enter Year 10, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who meet established selection criteria, including outstanding academic potential and meritorious performance in academic work, as well as grounds of financial need or equity.
Boarding Scholarships – These scholarships are normally awarded to students residing in country areas of NSW or interstate and are for a reduction in the boarding fees only, not academic fees, for three years.
Academic and Boarding Scholarships – The Council of Barker College provides up to two Academic and Boarding Scholarships to students entering Boarding in Year 10. These Scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding academic potential who demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the life of the School through their participation in Boarding.
Other Scholarships offered which are subject to specific criteria
Toplis Scholarship – The Toplis Scholarship will provide the costs of academic tuition, uniforms, textbooks and other education expenses for a day or boarding student for Years 11 and 12 whose parent or step-parent is a current or former member of the Australian Defence Force.
Indigenous Scholarships – Barker is pleased to offer several Indigenous Scholarships to students in Years 7-12. Indigenous scholarships provide 100% of Tuition Fees, Activities Charges (excursions, camps and school events) and Technology Charge (device and software) for day students. Boarding scholarships are provided in Year 10-12 only and provide 75% of Tuition Fees, Activities Charge and Technology Charge and 50% of Boarding Fees.
Current Barker College Students in Year 9
Please note, current students of the School in Year 9 do not need to sit the exam. Parents will be emailed information regarding the internal scholarships at the end of Term 1.
There is a designated Academic Scholarship for a student moving from Year 9 to Year 10 and that will be assessed by the submission of a written student application.
Music applicants will be auditioned and submit an internal application.
Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
What financial support do the Scholarships provide?
The Scholarships offered are either full or part Scholarships for Academic Tuition only and are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Panel. These include up to 100% Year 7 Scholarships, 50% - 100% Music Scholarships, 50% Year 10 Scholarships and the 50% Copeland Scholarship for a current Junior School student.
Do Barker offer full Scholarships?
In Year 7 some full Scholarships are offered at the discretion of the Scholarship Panel. For Year 10, only part Scholarships are offered and their value is again determined by the Scholarship Panel.
Why do I have to pay a $120 Application Fee?
Your $120 covers the School’s administrative costs and assessments for the Scholarship program.
Does my son/daughter have to sit the academic examination if he/she is applying for the Music Scholarship?
Does my child need to audition for the music scholarship?
Yes, families are requested to upload a video as part of the application process that shows the student playing two different audition pieces on their chosen instrument or a vocal performance. These submissions will be reviewed by the Music Scholarship Panel who will then make selections for students to be auditioned in person.
What is Barker looking for in music scholars?
Barker offers secondary school music scholarships to outstanding young musicians who are expected to make a major and ongoing contribution to the school’s extensive music program. Preference is given to players of instruments that can be included in the school’s large ensembles; orchestras and bands. Consideration will also be given to musicians who are excellent pianists/vocalists who are willing to take on instrumental lessons in an ensemble instrument nominated by the school. Similarly, instrumentalists will be invited to join the choir.
What standard of Musical ability is required to apply for a Music scholarship?
For entry into Year 7, an excellent result in AMEB Grade 4 or its equivalent is the minimum standard.
For entry into Year 10, an excellent result in AMEB Grade 7 or its equivalent is the minimum standard. Evidence of positive involvement in a school or community music program is an advantage.
If my child is successful in gaining a music scholarship what are the requirements?
Scholars are expected to enthusiastically participate in the music program in at least one ensemble, to support their peers and the music staff and to take Elective Music through to the HSC.
Can overseas students apply?
Yes, as long as they hold Australian residency. We are not registered to enrol students who require a student visa.
Where can I find more information about the type of Scholarship test my child will sit on the day?
Barker’s Scholarship Examination is conducted by Academic Assessment Services.
By what means do we learn of our son/ daughter’s success, or otherwise?
Barker does not provide a report on your child’s performance in the Scholarship examination. A letter indicating whether you son/daughter has been successful or otherwise will be sent to you by the end of November for Year 7 candidates and the end of May for Year 10 candidates.
How can we best prepare for our son/ daughter’s examination?
The examination assesses acquired knowledge and intellectual ability. Allowing your child to rest well prior to the examination; providing encouragement and not ‘driving’ them in the hope of gaining good results; not overburdening them with unrealistic responsibilities and expectation; arriving on time at Barker and equipped properly – all these will assist your son or daughter. Papers from previous examinations are not available, but the online application process does link to explanations of the nature of the examination.
What should our son/daughter bring on Examination Day?
Two pens – blue or black. All other materials will be provided;
Bring food and drink for the recess break;
Make sure to arrive ahead of the time given. Parking is difficult around the School and it is suggested you aim to arrive by 8.15am.
The four tests are held in two sessions. There is a 20 minute break between each session. Entry for late arrivals is at the sole discretion of the test supervisor.
How long does the exam go for and where should I park?
Please plan for your child to be at Barker from 8.15am to the conclusion at 12.30pm.
There is no parking on the School campus. We would recommend you come by train or plan to arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking and walking to the exam venue.
For the Year 7 exam, a Kiss n Drop arrangement will be in operation via our Aquatic Centre gate entrance - entry half way along College Crescent. You may drop your child here between 8.00am and 8.15am and a member of staff will direct them to the meeting area outside of the Gym where the exam will be held. There will be no parking or stopping during this drop off period.
Finally - Relax and do your best!