My son was not asked any mental maths questions. He showed them a powerpoint presentation he had done recently as homework for the talented and gifted sessions in maths at Barnet and they looked at it. The discussion then moved to his favourite book that he had brought with him and as to why he will never read the last page of this book (it is a very long story...). Then he was given a passage to read from another book and was asked what some of the words meant; he found it quite easy although English is not his strong subject.
If I had known it was for the scholarship I would have prepared him a bit before. Even a small reduction in the fees would make a world of a difference to us. However given that they asked no maths questions may very well mean his is not even conssidered for a scholarship. Oh, well...
yes the scholarship that is open to all. apparently no special application necessary...if you score very well in your written tests, they will want to entice you to come!!! This ,i was told by the person who assessed my son 3 years ago. She had said that the mental maths questions they ask at the interview stage is a test for scolarship material. My older one thought he did very well at that interview. He had a scholarship offered by another ID and we think its because they knew he was being offered a place a Habs(consortium thing) and they wanted him to come to their school. The games schools play.. no, seriously, I think they just want to make sure they make all the offers thay can.
My second son said that the mental maths question he was asked was quite straightforward and he was asked to explain how he derived his answer.