The Scholarship Examination will be held at Barker on Friday November 10, 2017.  Applications now open.

General Information

All Scholarships have the same academic assessment. Candidates undertake only one assessment in November.
Music Scholarship candidates must complete and excel in the academic examination as well as satisfying the audition requirements to be eligible for a Music Scholarship.

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Year 7 - Students must be in Year 5 at the time of the examination. Day places only.
Year 10 - Students must be in Year 8 at the time of the examination. Day and Boarding places.

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 Scholarships - open to all candidates. These Scholarship offers up to 100% for Academic Tuition only, the amount awarded is at the discretion of the panel.
  • 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. This is a 50% Scholarship for Academic Tuition only and up to 100% Instrument Tuition.
  • E.W. Copeland Scholarship - available only to current Year 5 Barker Junior School students. This is a 50% Scholarship for Academic Tuition only.
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 Scholarships - open to all 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.
  • OBA Descendants Scholarship - preference is given to candidates who are a descendant of an OBA Life Member
  • OBA Open Scholarship - open to all candidates,
  • W.S. Leslie's Men Scholarship - for 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.

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.

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
  • The Old Barker Association Scholarship - open to any student entering Year 10, who is a descendant of a former student of Barker.
  • 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)
  • Old Barker Association – Open Entry.
  • 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.

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% Music Scholarships, 50% Year 10 Scholarships and the 50% Copeland Scholarship.

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?

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.

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.

Finally - Relax and do your best!


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