Thank-you for your interest in a scholarship at Barker. Barker offers a range of scholarships for entry into Year 7 and a limited number of scholarships for entry into Year 10.  We expect all our scholars to represent Barker with pride and uphold the School values at all times. The awarding of a scholarship is dependent upon the results from the Barker Scholarship Examination, conducted by Academic Assessment Services, supporting documentation and interview. They are awarded at the discretion of the Head of Barker and the Scholarship Panel. 

Information about Barker’s Scholarships can be found HERE.
Scholarship Applications

Scholarship applications for 2024 have closed. 

Scholarship applications for entry into Year 7 2025 are now open and will close at 4pm on Thursday 26 October, 2023. Late, incomplete or unpaid applications will not be accepted. All applications need to go through the AAS link. All applicants will sit take the scholarship examination and it will be sat in the child's home and is online on Friday 10 November 2023. It is not possible to sit the test at Barker. This is the only day that the test can be sat and no exceptions will be made. Please ensure that your child is available on this day before applying. 

Apply here if your child is not a current Barker Year 5 student.

Apply here if your child is a current Barker Year 5 student.

If you experience difficulties when applying, please contact Academic Assessment Services on

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 Academic Scholarships, 50% - 100% Year 7 Music Scholarships, 50% Year 10 Academic and Boarding 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, partial Academic and/or Boarding 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 or the Co-curricular Scholarship?
Yes. All applicants will sit the academic examination.

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 their chosen instrument or a vocal performance for up to 3 minutes. The panel will only listen to the first 3 minutes of the piece. 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.

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.

What are co-curricular scholarships?

Co-curricular scholarships are offered to students entering Year 7 and cover anything that goes on outside the classroom. Students might be involved in drama, art, public speaking, robotics, sport or any other non-curriculum-based activities. Students applying for this scholarship need to demonstrate a high level of achievement and involvement in their chosen activity. 

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 examination my child will sit on the day?
Barker’s Scholarship Examination is conducted by Academic Assessment Services. Papers from previous examinations are not available, but the online application process does link to explanations of the nature of the examination and practice tests are available to purchase. 

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 January 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; all these will assist your son or daughter. 

What should our son/daughter bring on Examination Day?

The Scholarship examinations are conducted online. 

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