Pupils must sit an entrance exam, the equivalent of an 11 exam, although some pupils take the equivalent 13 exam as certain local schools still teach up to year 9 (year 3).
Academic, and occasionally music, artistic or sports scholarships, are also awarded as well as are means-tested bursaries.
Well known in the drum community Anika won the Modern Drummer Readers Poll for „up and coming artist“ as well as #1 „rising star“ in DRUM! In the meanwhile, Anikas tracks on Youtube achieved more then over 11 mio views, followed by hundreds of thousands of people all around the world.
Each school was required to pay a nominal penalty of £10,000 and all agreed to make an ex-gratia payment, collectively totalling £3 million, into a trust designed to benefit pupils who attended the schools during the period where the fee information was shared. systematic exchange of confidential information as to intended fee increases was anti-competitive and resulted in parents being charged higher fees than would otherwise be the case," the OFT stated.Years 1 to 3 are split into forms for most lessons although Maths and Foreign languages are structured into sets according to ability.For the GCSE (years 4 and 5) forms are sub-divided into smaller sets for most subjects. Each pupil is placed into a school 'house' used for inter-school competitions and sports matches: The four houses compete for the Opie Shield over many sporting events for boys, girls and mixed teams across all year groups.Former Deputy Head Anita Firth introduced non-sporting events such as the "Top House" competition, an inter-house quiz along the lines of University Challenge, and the House Song Competition.The shield is presented annually on Speech Day by the Headmaster to the captains of the house accruing the most number of points across the disciplines.
Right after the album release, PIKALAR entert the itunes charts in USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Canada, Italy, Netherlands and many more. Together with Anika on drums PIKALAR also features the talents of many great musicians, each bringing and adding a unique flavour to the album.