Scholarship Applications

Scholarship applications for external students seeking entry for 2022 have now closed.

Scholarship applications for entry into Year 7 in 2023 will open in Term 3 2021 and the scholarship examination will take place on Friday 5 November.

Boarding scholarship applications for students in Year 10 2023 will open in Term 3, 2021.


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.

Students undertake four tests as part of this process. The first three parts are multiple choice formats.

  1. An aptitude test which is predominately verbal and numeric in nature.
  2. A reading comprehension task which focuses on inference, analysis and reasoning.
  3. A mathematics task which assesses reasoning and analytical skills.
  4. 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:

Year 7
  • Barker College Council Academic Scholarships - open to all candidates. These Scholarships offer up to 100% for Academic Tuition only, the amount awarded is at the discretion of the panel.
  • Barker College Council Evelyn Hill Scholarships for girls commencing in Year 7. One full 100% scholarship to a girl who shows outstanding academic potential.
  • Barker College Council Bowman Sisters Scholarships. Four full 100% scholarships will be awarded to girls entering Barker in Year 7 2020 to 2022.  The recipients of these scholarships will be students who add life to the School and demonstrate this by their participation and attitude, the School's motto - Honor Non Honores (Honour Above Reward). All-round excellence would be the benchmark of these applications.
  • Barker College Sporting Scholarship - a scholarship for a student who shows excellence and future potential in their chosen sport and who can demonstrate that they will add to the life of the School by their participation and attitude.
  • Barker College Music Scholarships - open to candidates with a high level of instrumental competency. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in the cocurricular music program. The value of this scholarship can be between 50% - 100% for Academic Tuition and up to 100% Instrument Tuition.
  • E.W. Copeland Scholarship - available only to current Year 6 Barker Junior School students moving to Year 7 at Barker. This is a 50% Scholarship for Academic Tuition only. The students will sit an academic internal exam in November of  their Year 6 school year, and then their progress during Year 6 will be assessed along with an application they have submitted by 31 October of Year 6 to the Enrolments Department.  The selected candidates will be interviewed at the end of November when they are in Year 6. Please contact our Enrolments Department for further information.
Year 10

All Year 10 Scholarships are 50% of Academic Tuition only. Subject to the discretion of the School Council, additional Scholarships may be offered of a higher value.

  • Barker College Council Academic Scholarships - open to all external candidates.
  • Barker College Music Scholarships - open to candidates with an advanced level of instrumental or vocal competency. Successful candidates will be expected to study Music as an HSC subject.
  • W.S. Leslie's Men Scholarship - for external candidates not otherwise able to attend Barker for financial reasons - means assessed (only awarded periodically dependent on funding availability)
  • Barker College Council Boarding Scholarships - open to country and regional candidates,
  • ICPA Boarding Scholarship - open to candidates whose parents are financial members of ICPA.
  • Reefton – Boarding Fees only. Awarded to a student from a rural area who enjoys school work and who excels in team games.
  • Barker College Sporting Scholarshipa scholarship for a student who shows excellence and future potential in their chosen sport and who can demonstrate that they will add to the life of the School by their participation and attitude.

The Barker Foundation Limited has, from time to time, the ability to offer a scholarship to a candidate who is recommended to them by the Scholarship Panel.

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.

Toplis Scholarship for the Children of Australian Defence Personnel

To honour Mr Ralph Colin Toplis’ (Class of 1950/51) contribution to both Barker and Australia, the School is pleased to offer the Toplis Scholarship in conjunction with Legacy Australia. The Scholarship will be awarded to a student for entry in Year 11 at Barker College and will provide the costs of academic tuition, uniforms, textbooks and other education expenses for a day or boarding student in Years 11 and 12. Read more about the Toplis Scholarship and eligibility HERE.

Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

How many Scholarships are awarded each year?
Each year Barker offers a number of Scholarships for secondary students. These include:

  • Council and Music Scholarships - Year 7 and Year 10
  • Leslie's Men Scholarship – This Scholarship is for a student who might not otherwise be able to attend Barker. (only awarded periodically dependent on funding availability)
  • Boarding – For top academic students as well as students who are good all-rounders.
  • ICPA – Parents of students applying for this Scholarship must belong to the ICPA.
  • Reefton – Boarding Fees only. Awarded to a student from a rural area who enjoys school work and who excels in team games.
  • Sporting Scholarships - the panel has funding to support at least one sporting applicant in each year group from Years 7 to 12.  Funds will be allocated based on the value remaining at any given year and based on family need.

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!

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