The all-round academic Kensington Scholarship is likely to be awarded to a gifted boy who is highly literate and numerate, who devours books and who enjoys academic challenges, delighting in analytical problem solving.
The Kensington Scholarship winner will have tended to find examinations relatively easy until now.
The chosen boy is likely to be highly articulate, to enjoy debate, to devour books, perhaps also enjoy going to museums, exhibitions and concerts and to relish taking a line of argument and seeing it through. He may feel comfortable in his own skin, and be both scholastically and intellectually confident. He is the kind of boy who will not find the 11+ a hard examination and will benefit from working towards applying for senior school scholarships.
This scholarship will be awarded to the boy who is not only academically gifted, but who also has a very positive attitude to learning, a willingness to try new things and to contribute to the school community. The recipient will demonstrate a fluid approach to problem solving and the ability to become a first-class creative thinker in his own right, with strong leadership skills and ideas and an original approach to learning and scholarship.
We are interested in the boy who could genuinely distinguish himself in the world. As the holder of the Kensington Scholarship, he will be expected to inspire his classmates and to set a good example when it comes to striving for, and achieving, academic excellence.