Scholarships & Bursaries - 2020/21

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Eye to the future Educating key workers


BRITISH ELITE SPORT Funding the stars

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our bursary scheme changes lives We grant £6 million a year in bursaries at our three leading independent schools in Croydon

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“The John Whitgift Foundation bursary scheme gave me access to an incredible education at Old Palace that I never would have otherwise had access to. It’s an opportunity that is once in a lifetime and will shape your life forever.”

“The John Whitgift Foundation bursary scheme has helped me massively. Without it, a lot of people like me would not be able to come to a school like Trinity where there are so many opportunities available to you.”

of our students receive financial support with school fees

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WHAT’S UP Scholarships and bursaries on offer

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TOP SCHOLAR Alfred Carpenter, from Clayesmore School FIRST WORD William Salomon’s family founded Young Enterprise OUTSIDER Christopher King, CEO of IAPS, on the importance of bursaries LAST WORD Scholar, Morola Oyefesobi, pays homage to Eastbourne College


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FREEDOM FUNDING Simon Reid of Christ’s Hospital’s calls for more free school places PEER PERKS Latymer Upper’s head says pupil mentoring is a win-win AN ENDURING LEGACY Fostering social mobility is part of the ethos of any modern school, says Marlborough College A SPRINGBOARD TO LIFE St Swithun’s head, Jane Gandee, explains the challenges of finding bursary pupils





CARING SCHOOLS Schools are committed to educating key workers, says Victoria Lambert SORE HEADS School heads act with integrity when accepting charitable donations A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP Max Davdison on the impact of bursaries on environmental collaboration A SPORTING CHANCE Scholarships are vital for the success of British elite sport says Sally Jones


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COVER: Christ’s Hospital School. Photographed by Hugo Burnand


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William Salomon is president of Young Enterprise, the first international branch of Junior Achievement, a global education charity founded in 1962 by his father, Sir Walter Salomon. He became chairman of Rea Brothers, founded Hansa Capital, a fund management business, and then oversaw the dynamic expansion of Wilson Sons Ltd, the oldest British shipping business in Brazil.


In 2010 Jane Gandee became the ninth headmistress of St Swithun’s – an allgirls’ day and boarding school in Winchester – in the school’s 127-year history. Mrs Gandee is a keen sportswoman, having represented Cambridge in athletics and crosscountry, as well as captaining the university’s women’s football team. She still runs competitively and is married with three children.


Once a clerk at the House of Commons, Max Davidson is an ubiquitous author and journalist, covering subjects from cricket to Shakespeare and features on travel and education for The Telegraph. He is the author of six comic novels, as well as books on sporting chivalry, the etiquette of apologising and changing notions of manliness. He is also a governor of a state primary school.

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Christopher King is chief executive of IAPS and was headmaster and chief executive of Leicester Grammar School Trust, an academically selective, HMC co-educational day school. He was chair of HMC, an association of the leading independent senior schools in the UK from 2015 to 2018. He has also chaired the HMC Professional Development Committee.


The BBC’s first female sports presenter, Sally Jones fronted the Olympics coverage on tennis, NBA basketball and women’s golf. A news reporter for ITN and Channel 4 News, she has presented BBC Breakfast News and Sport, Woman’s Hour and BBC Wimbledon. A world real tennis champion, she won five Blues at Oxford, writes on sport and education, and appears on This Morning and Good Morning Britain.


The head of Latymer Upper School was educated in the state sector and, as the first member of his family to take A-levels or go to university, he graduated from Oxford with a first in classics. He is passionate about social mobility and was a finalist in the Social Mobility Champion category of the UK Social Mobility Awards. He launched the Inspiring Minds campaign, committed to raising £40m for meanstested bursaries by 2024.

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o much has happened in the last six months that has firmly placed us in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution. A pandemic has forced a new way of living upon us and technology has given us the tools to handle it, enabling us to work from home and making ghost towns out of commercial building blocks. It has also emphasised the changing ethos in modern schools, as highlighted by the foundation director of Marlborough College (page 24), who writes about the importance of social diversity and how teachers, as well as pupils, feel motivated by a social consciousness – the same motivation that caused the founding of so many of our independent schools and warranting their charitable status. In the spirit of this social consciousness, Victoria Lambert discovers a number of new bursaries created to support key workers, both as parents, and also, with an eye to the future, the medics and teachers of the next generation (page 28). And Max Davidson considers the value of bursaries for global environmental development, bringing together bright minds from all over the world to collaborate in finding solutions to the challenges of climate change (page 38). While on a micro-level, each scholarship and bursary supports an individual, collectively they


34 support a country. Bursaries are essential to our international elite sporting reputation by enabling poorer, but talented, sportsmen and women to access the facilities of independent schools and the extraordinary standard of teaching from sports’ coaches, many of whom have competed themselves at national and international levels. Bursaries have never been more in need, as parents struggle to manage furloughing and reduced incomes, but what happens when a donation for a bursary comes with an unacceptable caveat, challenging integrity and individual principles? Heads argue the toss with intelligence and tolerance, proving once again that independent schools and their teams are stronger, more resilient and have the flexibility to bend with the winds and to ride out the storms. I hope you enjoy this issue. n


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Alfred Carpenter, 17, is the headboy and an academic scholar at Clayesmore School – a boarding and day co-educational school in Dorset with 580 pupils aged from four to 18. His academic passions are leading him down a mathematical route; three out of his four A-level subjects are maths, further maths and economics. But, a creative spirit escapes in the dark room where he is passionate about photographing people, hence his fourth A-level in photography. He loves solving problems and finding solutions to help others, and is hoping to follow his brother, Arthur, to Oxford to read computer science; his younger sister is in year six at Clayesmore. Apart from playing in the first-team for squash, Alfred is also joint head of the school’s Model United Nations, or MUN, where pupils gather together on a national and international level to debate topical issues, including climate change and human rights. Alfred arrived at Clayesmore – where his father is an English teacher – in year four and applied for a scholarship in year nine. He isn’t taking a gap year, but after university hopes to either work for one of the big tech companies like Google or for GHCQ, the government intelligence and security organisation. Alfred has secured a BSAC in diving and also helped to build the school’s shepherd’s hut, which is used for delicious match teas. Pupils can apply for scholarships – worth two to ten per cent of the school fees – in years eight and 11 for the following years, and they can be given in conjunction with a bursary. Bursaries are given on a discretionary basis, with no ceiling on numbers, to those pupils they consider to be deserving and fitting with the Clayesmore ethos, a school that prides itself on being non-selective but still obtaining amazing results.

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WHAT’S UP The latest on new bursaries and scholarships


NHS SCHOLARS Reigate Grammar School has launched the NHS Scholar initiative

The Stonyhurst Foundation


Hans Fleischner, an old boy who left Downside School in Somerset in 1945, redefined ‘generosity’ when he donated $1,000,000 USD to the school’s bursary and scholarship fund. Mr Fleischner has been a long-standing benefactor of Downside and holds the vision that old boys, or Old Gregorians, should come together to give back and support generations to come.


Mount Kelly, Devon, has offered Kira Maiberg, 16, from Newham, a £63,000 bursary after hearing that she narrowly missed out on one from another school. Guy Ailing, headmaster at Mount Kelly, travelled to East London to interview her before offering her an all-expenses boarding place at his school. ‘I am an incredibly lucky person, I thought my chance had gone’ Kira said. ‘The offer from Mount Kelly feels like a dream, I cannot thank them enough. My family are from a very low-income background and you just assume things like this will never happen for you, but it has.’


Han Fleischner (left) has donated $1m to his old school, Downside (above)

Stonyhurst School in Lancashire, the oldest Jesuit school in the world, is set to benefit from the new Stonyhurst Foundation, publicly launched in July 2020. Around 30 per cent of pupils at Stonyhurst already receive fee assistance, but Stonyhurst says ‘The Stonyhurst Foundation will provide a ringfenced independent fund to sustain and increase this level of assistance permanently.’ The new charity has received the Apostolic Blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis.

Reigate Grammar School (RGS) in Surrey, is funding ten bursary places specifically for the children of NHS key workers – including nurses, paramedics, porters and cleaners – who were on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic. RGS already has a well-established Changing Lives campaign and has raised six million pounds to fund bursary places for children whose parents cannot meet the full school fees. ‘The coronavirus crisis has reminded us that there is a whole host of professionals who keep hospitals and the wider health community running,’ says Shaun Fenton, headmaster at RGS. ‘These are the parents who we hope will be inspired to apply for a place for their child on our NHS Scholars programme.’


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A Memorable First Set up in 2018, The Cheam Foundation’s purpose is to extent world-class education to more children by increasing Cheam School’s bursary provisions. Now fully accredited with The Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation, and as a result of the generous donations from the Cheam community, the Hampshire school welcomes its first fully-funded Cheam Foundation bursary recipient, via SpringBoard, in September 2020. The Cheam Foundation also announced a dedicated, means-tested, 100 per cent music bursary for talented musicians aged eight upwards, which includes music lessons. The only criteria for eligibility is musical potential, enthusiasm, and above all, need.


Since 1933, The Royal Hospital School (RHS) has provided lifechanging bursaries to over 10,000 children. Originally conceived as a place to educate the orphans of seafarers, RHS still provides support to the children of serving and former Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel, while providing bursaries for many children besides those from maritime families. In 2019, for example, 20 per cent of pupils received means tested support and 35 per cent won merit-based scholarships. Next year the school is launching the Centennial Fund, which will change another 100 lives by 2033.

The Royal Hospital School in Suffolk still celebrates its naval heritage and has now provided more than 10,000 bursaries since 1933



Mathematicians build bridges Forty sixth-form students at St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School volunteered to support pupils from local state schools in West London over the summer holidays by tutoring and mentoring them in maths using the most innovative technology. Using Google Meet and EasyA, an app developed by two EdTech entrepreneurs both from St Paul’s, the mentors were able to help the students on-demand whenever they were needed. Nearly 8,000 minutes of mentoring was logged and the initiative was so successful that it is hoped the programme will be extended to include other subjects and eventually to provide the same service nation-wide.

Bedales and the Bohunt Education Trust celebrated their partnership at Westminster


Four hundred eligible pupils returning to school post-lockdown presented a logistical nightmare to senior management at Malcolm Sargent Primary School. Strict provisions put in place included limiting class sizes to 15 children and the school didn’t have enough classrooms so Stamford Endowed Schools offered help by handing over exclusive use of one of its teaching blocks.

The pupils of Malcom Sargent Primary School back in a classroom post-lockdown


Hampshire-based Bedales School, and the Bohunt Education Trust (BET), a multi-academy trust, celebrated their cross-sector partnership with other UK state and independent schools at the Houses of Parliament. Together Bedales and BET promote student voice and staff development sessions in wellbeing and sustainability. A new ‘Game Changer’ programme for BET students has just been launched to develop leadership skills, aspiration, independence and resilience.

LEADING THE WAY Craig Bukenya, a gifted student enrolled on the Honours Programme at Newham Sixth-Form College (NewVic) in East London, took the initiative in arranging for himself and fellow classmates to visit Eton College last year. Now, Eton is working with NewVic by providing support for all its gifted students enrolled on the Honours Programme, including giving students valuable interview experience to prepare them for entrance into top universities. Craig has also been selected for the Cambridge University Shadowing Scheme where he will shadow a Cambridge undergrad for three days.


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The Sutton Trust and EDTECH pioneers, The Access Platform, have teamed up to create Sutton Trust Online in an effort to help disadvantaged people get into university. In lieu of the Sutton Trust’s Summer Schools in 2020 hopeful students received bespoke, subject-specific content related to the degree they were hoping to study via the new service. What is more is that this content was actually generated by the universities the students were applying to, and included Durham, Imperial, King’s College London, Bristol, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

A degree of change

Last year Liverpool Hope University launched an MA degree called Leading for Educational Advantage, the only one of its kind. Designed for educationalists in deprived areas, the aim is to close the gap between privileged and underprivileged young people. ‘Every child deserves the best possible education, no matter their home life,’ says Dr Lynn SampsonChappell, head of professional partnership development at Hope. ‘We’re asking how do we work solutions into school curricula and practices, so that we can support and develop these children over a prolonged period of time?’


‘Talent is spread evenly but opportunity is not. We’re changing that.’ A bold mission statement from Zero Gravity, a mentoring app that ‘propels state school students into the best universities’. After creating a profile and choosing an undergraduate to mentor you, one-to-one video calls with them can be arranged at the drop of a hat. The undergraduate mentors share insight and top tips to help bridge the gap between the cleverest kids in state schools and the top universities in the UK.


The City of Liverpool College (CLC) and Rare Studio, a performing arts school whose students have toured with Dua Lipa and Little Mix, have collaborated to increase opportunities for performing artists in Liverpool. Rare approached CLC, proposing they offer a Level Four Higher National Certificate in dance. Its a win win. Rare’s students have a natural progression route, CLC gain a new cohort of finest talent and Liverpool establishes itself as a centre of performance.


Ashley John Baptiste, a BBC broadcast journalist and digital senior reporter for BBC News, is The Royal Television Society’s first ambassador for its bursary schemes to support broadcasting and entertainment students. ‘Broadcasting should consist of people from all walks of life,’ says Ashely. In 2020 the RTS offered 40 bursaries in two schemes, The Technology Bursary and The TV Production and Journalism Bursary.

Preserving Island Environments Every year Butterfield – a full-service bank and wealth manager headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda – invites budding postgraduate students studying subjects related to the preservation and improvement of island environments to apply for the Butterfield Post-Graduate Scholarship worth $25,000 USD. A former recipient of the award, Barisse Griffin of King’s College London, said ‘Butterfield’s post-graduate scholarship has given me a head-start in my career, enabling me to focus on my studies, while gaining experience in the field of disaster and development. I highly recommend students apply for this amazing opportunity.’ Climate change bursary Thanks to a generous donation by Sir John Houghton, the former co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scientific Assessment Working Group, the Sir John Houghton Postgraduate Bursary worth £4,500 is awarded each year by the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre of Alternative Technology to a postgraduate student who has an excellent academic record, but more critically, a passion for tackling climate change.





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The full potential of each child has to be realised now, says William Salomon, whose family founded Young Enterprise ambitions and what they want out of life and translate that into an y father, Sir Walter Salomon, founded Young annual budget. The programme puts into context the work they do Enterprise in 1962 with its call to action being in school and the potential impact it’s going to have on their lives later. ‘learning by doing’, because he admired the US Our Company Programme is like a mini-MBA for a year giving Junior Achievement programme in America and young people the opportunity to run a real business, with real money, its ability to foster work readiness, entrepreneurship selling products and services to real and financial literacy skills in young customers, which involves team building, people. Young Enterprise (Y E) is not creativity and entrepreneurial skills. This an academic programme; it is handsis education with a real-life application. on and practical, bringing the world of One of the YE initiatives of which business into a school setting. Its mission I’m most proud is the production is to empower young people to discover, of the UK’s first financial education develop and celebrate their skills and textbook, Your Money Matters; even potential by reaching beyond the current many adults have not been taught scope of academic education, and, instead, these very important life skills that put teaching the vital skills needed to earn and mathematics in a real-world context. look after money, and to make a valuable I share my father’s passion and I am contribution to communities and society. constantly looking for ways in which Since its inception, over 1.1 million we can get Y E higher on the agenda young people have engaged in the of both business and politics, and Y E Company Programme and, despite therefore into more schools – both Y E’s enormous reach – it is engaged into private sector schools, where in nearly one third of all state funded despite the excellent education, many and independent secondary schools have little awareness of commerce across England and Wales – we still and finance, but also, and especially, find ourselves fighting to be heard. in deprived areas, to enable these young As the COVID-19 pandemic William Salomon people to realise what they can do and continues to widen the gap between to give them the confidence with which the privileged and disadvantaged, ‘Skills of team building, selfto do it. To achieve this, I have had to providing young people with the opportunity to create their own future confidence and problem-solving become increasingly unapologetically obsessive and I rarely let a situation pass and consider opportunities beyond that come with our business me by where I am not contemplating how their immediate environment has programmes are vital to helping best to turn it to YE’s advantage. Getting never been so important. Y E’s role regenerate the poorer areas people of influence involved in Y E’s in business and financial education cause is a personal mission. YE should places an emphasis on the development of the country. If they have operate in every school in the country. of an enterprising mindset; of spotting to wait for outside help, they Every young citizen should leave school opportunity within uncertainty and will be poor for another two financially literate and all of them should not simply accepting ‘no’ as an answer. generations to come’ have the opportunity to participate in Other skills of team building, selfprogrammes where the reality of business confidence and problem-solving and the opportunities that it can provide that come with our business is available to them. For too long, parts programmes are vital to helping of our country have been left to rot. Perhaps the only solution is not regenerate the poorer areas of the country. If they have to wait for just to wait for others to solve that problem, but to give them the tools outside help, they will be poor for another two generations to come. Our programmes enable students to learn first hand about business. to generate solutions for themselves. n For example, Y E’s Learn to Earn allows young people to take their



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PANDEMIC FUNDING Christopher King, CEO of The Independent Association of Prep Schools, argues that bursaries have never been more important for prep school pupils

fee, if they could, with the difference between that figure or six months, coronavirus and its impact has and the reduced summer term fee being directed to a hardship dominated conversation all around the world. fund. The hardship fund was used to support children whose For heads of schools, senior and prep alike, parents had experienced and for their a sudden and dramatic loss senior leaders, the in income. There was no challenge of mitigating its impact shortage of demand for upon the school and school life has this support, and it made overridden any other concerns. Our a significant contribution intention has been, and remains, to ensure continuity of to maintain as much normality and education for many pupils routine as possible, while supporting who might otherwise have pupils as they try to do their best found themselves forced to under circumstances that would change schools under what is test most adults. already difficult circumstances. With such a pressing priority, the Even in the context of efforts of heads and senior leaders continued stressed finances, could have led to a concerted focus schools are determined to on the immediate school at the offer bursaries and scholarships. expense of the wider community. All recognise that considerable True, schools have understandably economic uncertainty remains concentrated on the health and ahead, but given that the wellbeing of their pupils, but overwhelming majority of the schools who compose the parents continued to support membership of The Independent schools during lockdown, Association of Prep Schools the schools are acknowledging (IAPS) have not lost sight of this and are trying to do their the bigger picture. best in return. At the start of lockdown, IAPS In addition, IAPS has its schools immediately stepped own charity, itrust, which was forward to support key workers Christopher King, IAPS CEO set up entirely with the aim and their children. Our schools of supporting children in the opened their doors to all local member schools whose parents pupils whose parents worked in ‘Our schools opened their doors find themselves unexpectedly in key services, and they stayed open to all local children whose parents adverse financial circumstances throughout school holidays. Some worked in key services, and they through no fault of their – particularly, those in urban areas stayed open throughout school own and therefore are unable where there are large hospitals to pay the school fees. itrust has – found themselves accommodating holidays. Some – particularly, those seen demand for its support up to 200 children every day, with in urban areas where there are rise since March and, so far, offspring from all categories of key large hospitals – found themselves it has been able to respond workers being represented. accommodating up to 200 children positively to ensure children While this experience gave many can continue to benefit from of our schools a head start when it every day, with offspring from all continuity of education in came to reopening, all independent categories of key workers being their chosen school. schools have been concerned about represented’ IAPS is committed to their financial viability in the longer building the resources of term. Still, the majority of schools this charity and the aim is for worked hard to be fair to parents a six-figure sum to be allocated during lockdown, reducing their on an annual basis. It seems unlikely that, for the foreseeable fees for the summer term. future, demand on its resources will reduce. ■ Many schools also invited parents to pay the normal full



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FREEDOM FUNDING Simon Reid, of Christ’s Hospital School, calls on independent schools to create more free places for disadvantaged children

young people gain confidence, an ability to reflect productivity, he results of the most detailed study on regional independence and resilience, all of which allows transformation social mobility ever conducted in the UK have to happen. Schools providing free boarding places and been published. The overall picture presented by supported education can offer a life-changing opportunity the Government’s Social Mobility Commission is to a child from a disadvantaged background. one of deep unfairness, with those born privileged According to figures from likely to remain so, and with vast the Independent Schools Council, disparities in salary between people Simon Reid only 34 per cent of students at from disadvantaged backgrounds independent schools in the UK last in various parts of the country. year received some help with their The report also warns that fees. Of these 176,633 students, only families in some areas face being 5,998 students were in receipt of 100 disadvantaged for generations, per cent or more bursary assistance, unless the issue of social mobility with a further 11,566 receiving over is urgently tackled. The Commission 75 per cent funding. As the leading ranked local authorities based charitable school in the country, on the social mobility prospects Christ’s Hospital is proud to offer of children from a disadvantaged free or substantially reduced places background. The results highlight to 660 pupils each year. not a north-south divide or a ruralBy working in partnership with urban contrast, but a stark postcode local authorities, the Boarding lottery in terms of life chances. School Partnership Scheme and In areas with low social mobility, primary school head teachers, individuals from disadvantaged independent senior schools can backgrounds have little chance of develop strong referral networks making a success of their lives. They to help reach disadvantaged not only earn far less than people children who would be suitable for from affluent families in their a full bursary place. Some of these own areas, but earn on average just children will be in care, or at risk of over half the amount of those from going into care, and others will have similar backgrounds in other parts been exposed to domestic violence of the country. and/or abuse. What they all share In areas of high social Only 34 per cent of students at is having had a very difficult start mobility, the gap between those to their young life. The aim of from disadvantaged families and independent schools in the UK last independent schools should be to those from affluent backgrounds year received some help with their ensure they have put programmes is far less. As social and economic fees. Of these 176,633 students, only in place, which not only identify inequality continues to grow in 5,998 students were in receipt of 100 suitable children, but also fully the UK, it is vital that independent schools continue to engage as per cent or more bursary assistance, support them when they join the school, so they can flourish and contributors to social mobility. with a further 11,566 receiving over reach their full academic potential. There is evidenced links of 75 per cent funding Christ’s Hospital leavers take with a boarding school environment INDEPENDENT SCHOOL COUNCIL them the confidence and resilience and improved educational results they will need to achieve success for disadvantaged children. at university and beyond to make Independent boarding schools a meaningful contribution to society in life. As we strive to improve can also provide the best supported education through dynamic social mobility across the country, so must Christ’s Hospital continue pastoral care programmes, excellent learning support and to challenge disadvantage through transformative education. n dedicated staff. By offering safe and secure environments,



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Mentoring between independent and state schools benefits pupils from both, says David Goodhew, head of Latymer Upper School Peer mentoring rewards all pupils with developed skills and t Latymer Upper School we are committed to resources, but also increased levels of mutual understanding and creating genuine social impact through our bursaries integration. It opens our students’ eyes to the diversity of their and outreach programmes. I want Latymerians local community and the wider world, something that a parent to be academic, rounded, and grounded – to care eloquently expressed in a letter to me after their child took about each other and those in the local and global part in our collaboration with Care4Calais, saying, ‘Thank you for community who need their help. We want to equip and inspire our supporting this invaluable project students to make a positive impact on and encouraging your pupils society and the world around them. to look beyond their own lives. Peer mentoring is a key element It’s so vital’. Similarly, the peer of the external programmes we mentoring programme we run run. When I read our sixth-formers’ with West London College exposes reflections on what they have gained our students to the experiences from their experiences, it is very of teenage refugees and asylum clear that the benefits flow both seekers, many of whom have ways. Initial feelings of hesitancy never been to school. Melanie and being a bit out of their depth, Clyne, who oversees the project, developed into increased confidence has been impressed with our and awareness; the most common students’ approach and credits phrases were ‘rewarding’ and ‘made their sensitivity, respectful and me appreciate what I have’. inclusive attitude as the key to We see the long-term legacy the success of the programme. of our peer mentoring projects in Like so much this year, the global the high rates of volunteering and pandemic has frustrated how we healthy attitudes towards community deliver our external programmes. service after our students leave Over the past year we have been school. In a recent survey of our working with a coalition of local alumni, 13 per cent said that they independent and state schools called are actively involved in philanthropic The West London Partnership. positions or charitable volunteering. As well as entrepreneurship They told us, ‘Something instilled in programmes, we are currently me from Latymer, I am still doing all exploring a new app developed by the work I can to give back and aid St Paul’s School that allows students those around me.’ David Goodhew who excel at maths to coach and From running our own internal support others in maintained schools scheme over many years we have The peer mentoring programme who are struggling. Responding to seen that mentoring is a powerful coronavirus has required us all to way of strengthening the supportive we run with West London College become IT experts overnight, but ethos at Latymer, as well as exposes our students to the perhaps one good thing to come encouraging a healthy respect experiences of teenage refugees from all of this is the realising for others. We have transposed and asylum seekers, many of whom of the potential of technological learnings about how to run peer innovations to overcome obstacles mentoring schemes successfully have never been to school of time, distance and space in the into our external projects with delivery of programmes like peer great success. For example, in mentoring, enabling us to benefit 2015, when pupils at West London more people, more often, for longer and well into the future. n Free School were the first cohort there to be taking GCSEs, our lower-sixth students mentored their year 11s. We continued the programme, supporting the year nine and ten pupils with study David Goodhew is chair of The London Fee Assistance Consortium skills and exam techniques as they came through year 11. ‘We are (LFAC), comprising 31 single-sex and co-educational independent so grateful for the peer mentoring scheme,’ said Clare Wagner, their member schools who offer free and subsidised places to able children head. ‘Our pupils benefited enormously from the one-to-one support.’ whose families may not be able to afford the fees.



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AN ENDURING LEGACY Bursaries are fundamental to the ethos of a modern school, says Simon Lerwill, foundation director for Marlborough College

keen to work in organisations with a clear social mission. heo, the recipient of one of our bursaries at Marlborough College has had such a mission for a long time. It was Marlborough College, who left the school a few years founded in 1843 to provide an exceptional education for young people ago, told me with conviction one day, ‘I can say with from families of less fortunate means. Originally, this was to educate certainty that going to Marlborough is one of the the sons of clergymen who could not afford an independent education, most enriching and formative experiences of my life as well as orphaned children. As a result, it has always had a strong so far.’ His experience and his story is repeated thousands of times social purpose and an ethos of caring for others. Today there in hundreds of independent schools across the country. The scale of bursary and scholarship support has grown dramatically is still a strong sense of service amongst our pupils, with a large emphasis on volunteering in the local community. over the last decade. Last year ISC schools helped 150,000 pupils Building on this ethos, the college has a strong outreach and – 30 per cent of all pupils in the independent sector – with their fees, partnership programme, working with with the support totalling £900,000. several local state schools, which the This has grown from less than 100,000 pupils also take part in. This includes pupils (or 20 per cent of all pupils) one of the longest running statereceiving financial support in the year independent schools partnerships 2000. There has also been a shift away in the UK with Swindon Academy. from traditional scholarships with In 2016, Swindon Academy introduced schools now giving twice as many meansthe Grammar Stream, an innovative new tested bursaries compared to non-means scheme by which selected students at the tested. At the same time, the number school follow a Grammar School style of schools fundraising for bursaries curriculum taught by specialist teachers, has also increased in recent years and including from Marlborough College. there has been a big shift away from The college also has a partnership fundraising for buildings, say, towards with Darüşşafaka, a school in Turkey fundraising for these bursaries. that educates children who have lost There are many good reasons one, or both, parents, and the Young for these trends. Bursaries ensure Guru Academy, which runs a science that talented young people from any mentoring programme with local background can benefit from the primary schools. exceptional education that independent The college has provided bursaries schools provide. There are literally Simon Lerwill and scholarships for many years and thousands of stories out there, like there are now 100 pupils in the school Theo’s, of the difference a bursary has on a means-tested bursary. However, made. According to the Royal National We know that a more diverse we are now embarking on a new strategy Children's SpringBoard Foundation, community, which is more to dramatically increase the number a charity that places hundreds of bursary representative of the society of bursaries we can offer, in part, by pupils in boarding schools, 92 per cent that pupils will go on to live and launching a major new fundraising of the beneficiaries claimed that the campaign in the next few years. We are bursary had changed their life for the work in, can prepare all pupils committed to building a diverse, sociallybetter. Such opportunities also have a better for life after school minded and forward-looking institution positive impact on the aspirations and lives that provides life-changing opportunities of their families, friends and communities. for young people from any background. The Royal SpringBoard Foundation We want to ensure young people from estimate that on average 20 individuals are all walks of life can study here and we strongly believe that the whole positively impacted by just one bursary place. Bursaries are also one way in which schools can increase the diversity school will benefit from increasing diversity, in all its forms. Arguably, there has never been a more important time for of their pupil bodies. This is arguably more important now than ever. independent schools to ensure they are as accessible as possible. We know that a more diverse community, which is more representative of the society that pupils will go on to live and work in, will therefore There are now more young people than ever before who need support. As a result, independent schools will need to increase their prepare all pupils better for life after school. There is also evidence funding for bursaries even further, helping to transform more lives that schools with a strong social purpose, of which bursaries are part, like Theo's, whilst also transforming their own school communities. ■ attract and retain their staff better because people are increasingly



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A SPRINGBOARD TO LIFE Headmistress Jane Gandee explains why St Swithun’s needed help from an external organisation to find bursary pupils

provided a more supportive, compassionate and caring environment rivate schools are often portrayed as bastions in which I felt my confidence, and importantly, my self-esteem, develop, of privilege, producing young men who dominate giving me courage to pursue the challenges that will lie ahead.’ so-called ‘top jobs’. Rarely are there mentions And what of the other students at St Swithun’s? What do they make of the many former pupils, both women and men, of our bursary holders? By and who go onto large, they have no idea who does work in other professions, Jane Gandee or doesn’t hold a bursary. Caritas, such as the NHS, as scientists or compassion, is one of our three or in the voluntary sector. At St core values, and all our students Swithun’s, our ethos is not of world are expected to be warm and domination, but of compassion understanding towards others, and integrity; it is our mission whatever their background. to produce young women who We are remarkably inclusive will make a positive impact and welcoming, accepting on the world. every student for who they These are fine words, but are and ensuring that they we wanted to illustrate them in can be themselves. a practical way by offering free Although our other students places to young people, sometimes might not be aware of individual in difficult circumstances, who stories, they do know that our would not otherwise be able to Bramston Bursary Foundation afford a St Swithun’s education. is central to St Swithun’s. We Yet, 15 years ago when we have repositioned our bursary started looking for girls for fundraising recently to focus on whom studying at St Swithun’s girls in care, or on the edge of would be a genuinely lifecare, and initiated a flagship event, changing opportunity, it the St Swithun’s Way Challenge, to was difficult to find them. raise money through sponsorship. We were therefore delighted Participants run or walk chunks to come across Springboard. of the St Swithun’s Way – a long With their network of partner distance footpath from Farnham organisations – local authorities, to Winchester. This term, due to community and mentoring COVID restrictions, we took part organisations, charities, and wherever we were in the world, state schools, all concentrated Over the five years that we have been which allowed former students in areas classified as being in and the families of international the most deprived areas of the working with Springboard, we have boarders to take part as well. UK – it became much easier to welcomed four girls to St Swithun’s, For our students, the focus target and find girls who would one of whom has completed her on raising money for girls like genuinely benefit from boarding. time with us and gone on to study themselves, who find themselves Over the five years that we have in difficult circumstances through been working with Springboard, psychology at King’s College London no fault of their own, has been an we have welcomed four girls to important one. They are now more St Swithun’s, one of whom has aware of hardship and inequality, completed her time with us and more determined to make the world a better place and more gone on to study psychology at King’s College London. generous-spirited. Having a permanent link with Springboard We can see the impact that being at St Swithun’s has had on them. gives us an important and enduring mission, meaning that our As one of our Springboard pupils put it, ‘I am incredibly excited to start the next stage of my life at university. St Swithun’s could not have actions reflect our words. n



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CARING SCHOOLS Independent schools are working hard to support key workers and their children, says Victoria Lambert

hen the pandemic hit the UK last spring, independent schools around the country sprang into action. Uppermost in the minds of many were the parents who had suddenly been left with reduced or no income and who might be worried about the chance of their children remaining in school when fees could not be paid. Sam Davies, head of philanthropy at the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), which runs 23 fee-paying schools and two academies across England and Wales, says that there was overwhelming concern at her organisation. ‘We asked ourselves,’ she says, ‘how could we ensure girls continued in their schools after this event, which was clearly not their fault? ‘We were aware that families were suffering a significant impact and we wanted to be consistent in our approach in all the schools, regardless of how badly that area had been affected at that point.’ Her fears were widely shared. As a result, a remarkable effort among independent schools has been made to support families in need, especially those where parents are key workers and been keeping the nation going, whether in the NHS, public sector work, like government, or the logistics needed to prevent food shortages. At Reigate Grammar School (RGS), for example, bursaries are now available through a new NHS Scholar initiative. RGS decided to recognise the ‘outstanding work of front-line staff within the NHS and related services’ by providing ten assisted places reserved for the children of parents who work within the NHS and care sectors, including nurses, paramedics, porters, cleaners and support services. For Ceri Jones, headmaster of Caterham School, supporting key



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worker families to access independent education was already a key aim. ‘Our growing bursary support for families who couldn’t otherwise access a transformational education at Caterham School is core to our purpose and 2020 has only sharpened that focus,’ Jones says. ‘Our current campaign, launched just 18 months ago, has already seen a group of children supported to join the school and their futures opened up. This year we have seen bursary recipients who are children of key healthcare workers leave to progress on to a career in medicine and join a raft of Caterhamians already working in the health care front line globally.’ The GDST central fundraising team has also launched a recent bursary appeal as the trust celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2022. ‘We pivoted that to also raise money for a central hardship fund at once, which any parent could apply to,’ says Davies. But the GDST didn’t just want to offer a grant-making fund; they were also able to offer some families payment holidays, offering them longer to pay fees. ‘We have really felt the GDST family coming together in hard times,’ Davies recalls. ‘Parents who have not been impacted by the COVID crisis have donated to the hardship fund.’ And support hasn’t just been focused on fees, she says. The GDST raised £25,000 to provide laptops for children at the group’s two academies, helping to bridge the digital divide. Caterham also saw this as a community effort. ‘Parents, pupils and alumni raised a massive £7,000 during lockdown for the school’s local NHS charity, SASH, through the school’s Saturday night lockdown quiz,’ Jones says. ‘The funds helped the charity provide above and beyond the core hospital treatment, including additional medical equipment and care.’ He adds, ‘The Caterham global family showed a phenomenal

effort of support for the local community with the donation and delivery of 10,000 pieces of PPE for the local Primary Care Network. The PPE provision will support the local care network through the autumn and winter months. The delivery was fundraised, sourced, arranged and donated by the Caterham community.’ Jeremy Thomas, a physics teacher at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, became involved in supporting children of key workers through his position as co-ordinator of the Abingdon Science Partnership (ASP), the school’s science outreach project. When lockdown happened, Thomas was preparing for the local science festival due to be held the following week. ‘We were already talking to partner schools with events lined up,’ Thomas says, ‘so we thought, “what can we do instead?” We knew we wanted to support classroom teachers and offer enhancement lessons.’ What that meant was creating science worksheets that could be used by the children of key workers in school, or shared at home. Before long, Thomas was filming versions of the workshops so there were visible demonstrations. He showed how lever and pulley systems worked, for example, making the video in his back garden. At first, the ASP resources were mostly picked up by primary schools but other projects emerged. Thomas runs a GCSE astronomy class after school for pupils from his own and partner schools. During lockdown, a parent from Oxford Spires Academy heard of it and asked permission for her daughter to join in. The value of offering science lessons in addition to the key areas of maths and English, which many junior schools were focusing on, was bringing variety to the children, he says. ‘There were wellbeing issues; their parents were stressed. This was something different to do, and was often hands-on.’


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Many independent schools have set up hardship funds to support parents whose income has been affected by coronavirus

His own pupils have been keen to support the initiative too; a group of year ten to 13 boys run a science club for the junior school, which can count towards their Duke Of Edinburgh awards. ‘They were upset when told they couldn’t do it over the summer term. So they began meeting over Zoom every week instead and now they’ve produced resources of their own for the club, like videos and online workshops.’ It hasn’t been easy for schools to start changing the way they provide support, says Kate Jillings, founder of ToucanTech, which works with schools to create fundraising programmes. ‘Setting up a new bursary fund can take a school several months in the best of times, but COVID made it even harder. Many school fundraisers were furloughed throughout April and May and most school leadership teams were in firefighting mode to move learning online.’ Every school ToucanTech works with has done some sort of community outreach in response to COVID, she confirms, from setting up a new fund, adapting an existing bursary programme, running a phone project for vulnerable alumni or sharing health advice via newsletters and virtual events. ‘West Buckland School Foundation set up their emergency fund within six weeks,’ she says, ‘with a constitution and terms agreed by governors and enough funds raised by the summer term to support 28 families with fee rebates. Cheadle Hulme School was also quick to take action in a different way – by mid-April, it raised £3,000 and had made thousands of protective face shields to donate to the NHS.’ Jillings adds that ‘Capital campaigns for new buildings, say, were paused across most of the country and development directors struggled to get in front of decision-makers; one told me he’d resorted to catching his head in the car park to sign off a fundraising appeal.

‘In the six months from the onset of the pandemic, 30 of our UK schools raised £805,000 collectively for their bursary funds. Much of this financial support will be channelled to families impacted by COVID. Of these schools, 19 – including Clifton High School, Summer Fields and Royal Grammar School, Worcester – created specific hardship funds to support families in need’ Kate Jillings, founder of ToucanTech, which works with schools to create fundraising programmes

‘Nevertheless, most of the schools we work with haven’t reported much drop-off in their regular giving and support for bursaries. In the six months from the onset of the pandemic, 30 of our UK schools raised £805,000 collectively for their bursary funds. Much of this financial support will be channelled to families impacted by COVID. Of these schools, 19 – including Clifton High School, Summer Fields and Royal Grammar School, Worcester – created specific hardship funds to support families in need.’ The crisis will undoubtedly mean more families need bursaries in the future, says Sam Davies. ‘Obviously, we don’t know how much longer this will go on and getting people through it is critical. ‘But we can also see that progress in social mobility has been wiped out by the pandemic, with modern inequalities exposed. Before the crisis, we were already overwhelmed with applications for bursaries and we predict that can only increase. However, we are committed to increasing the funds available and will be looking to talk to those companies which have done well during the pandemic or creating partnerships with those sectors which are underrepresented in terms of women on staff and our pupils.’ Jillings sees no end to the current demand for bursaries either. She concludes, ‘I’d argue every fee-paying school should be considering how they can fund a bursary or financial assistance programme into next year and beyond.’ ■ SCHOOLHOUSEMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 33

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Winchester College was founderd by William Wykeham to give an education to all boys irrespective of ability to pay

SORE HEADS The decision of whether to accept or reject bursary donations with caveats can cause some head-scratching, finds Eleanor Doughty

ust after Christmas 2019, it struck. ‘Elite schools snub one million pound gift for poor white boys,’ read the headline in The Times. Independent schools were in the national press – again. In December the story broke that mathematician Professor Sir Bryan Thwaites had offered to leave funds to both Winchester College and Dulwich College in his will. The money was intended for the benefit of white British boys from disadvantaged homes. Both schools – where Sir Bryan was educated – declined his offer. At the time, a spokesman for Winchester said that ‘acceptance of a bequest of this nature would neither be in the interests of the school as a charity, nor the interests of those it aims to support through its work’. Dulwich’s spokesman said that, ‘Bursaries are an engine of social mobility and they should be available to all who pass


our entrance examinations, irrespective of their background.’ The Times’ editorial judged it ‘a shortsighted decision that is made worse by the sententiousness of the schools’ justification for their decision’. But was this a true case of discrimination? Dr Tim Hands has been headmaster of Winchester College since 2016. Speaking from the college during national lockdown, he was more than happy to explain the decision. ‘We’re enormously grateful to all benefactors,’ he says. ‘The intention of our founder, William of Wykeham, was that Winchester College should be available to people who could not afford it.’ Winchester has two principles for bursary help, says Dr Hands. ‘You have to have the academic ability and the financial inability. These principles are clear, and muddying them in any way becomes complicated.’ He stands by the decision not to accept Sir Bryan’s money. ‘The governing body felt it would


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be inappropriate to discriminate on race, religion, or on any other factors.’ What of the Stormzy scholarship at Cambridge University, offering tuition fees and a maintenance grant for black students? ‘Cambridge does not have a reputation for accepting black people in large numbers.’ Then there are those who would have taken the money. One such figure is Andrew Halls, headmaster of King’s College School, Wimbledon. ‘The reason I agreed with what Bryan Thwaites was saying is that the white working class demographic is the most underachieving in the UK. Focussing on problems

‘Winchester has two principles for bursary help. You have to have the academic ability and the financial inability. These principles are clear, and muddying them in any way becomes complicated.’ Dr Hands, headmaster of Winchester College

is the only way to solve them,’ he explains. ‘We get a lot of ambitious Asian families, but the white working class are the hardest to reach. I don’t like having to refer to demographics in terms of racial identity, but I feel strongly that there’s no point in pretending something isn’t happening when it is.’ Halls is not the only leading education figure with this view. ‘Saying no was an act of madness,’ says Dr Martin Stephen, former high master of both Manchester Grammar School and St Paul’s School, and author of The English Public School – an Irreverent and Personal History. ‘When I was offering bursaries I was snowed under with applicants from immigrant families who were hungry for education. But we don’t all see education as a first-class ticket here.’ Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council and former headmaster of Harrow, would also have taken the cash. ‘I understand why Winchester and Dulwich didn’t,’ he says, ‘but I would have accepted the money because I would have been able to find a low-income white boy to benefit from it.’ Stories such as this one run a risk of muddling an already complex system further. There is a narrative around financial assistance in independent schools – one pushed by politicians – that this should only be for those who cannot afford to pay for education at all. But what of those in the middle? ‘Offering bursaries at 20, 30, 40

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of school that anyone wants.’ William of Wykeham’s will, he adds, states a boy ‘should be able to come here if he is from an unexceptional background. The idea that independent schools should only be taking people from impoverished backgrounds is historical claptrap.’ Even if the world of bursaries seems intimidating for the first-time buyer, it needn’t be. ‘Parents should be bold and ask questions,’ says Lenon. ‘We know that parents don’t ask about bursaries because they think it will be in some way shaming, which isn’t how schools regard it at all. They like giving bursaries if they’ve got the money – they’re proud to do so.’ This is contrary to a myth that suggests that ‘in order to justify charitable status, schools pay lip service to bursary schemes,’ says Dr Hands. ‘But it’s not remotely true.’ The Charities Act of 2006 obliged all charities to demonstrate public benefit. For independent schools this meant that five per cent of income must be paid as full bursaries, or the school would risk losing its charitable status. ‘We don’t aim for more than five per cent because of legal threat, we aim for more than five per cent because of what we believe in,’ adds Dr Hands. Yet over the years, schools have Chinese New Year at Wellington not always been good at disseminating College, where bursaries of up information about financial assistance, to 95 per cent are available says Susan Hamlyn, director emerita of The Good Schools Guide. ‘A lot of parents are worried about approaching a school out of the blue because they have per cent – these aren’t part of the normal demographic,’ says Halls. no idea what kind of reception they will get. Many find it intimidating, ‘Parents who can afford 60 per cent of £40,000 per annum, those even if they have a sense of the possibilities available.’ And there are aren’t normal people. Those are extremely wealthy people. At King’s, plenty of opportunities to be had, though there is no portal listing we feel that our bursary funding should be aimed at 100 per cent. opportunities nationwide. Wellington College offers bursaries for You could end up spending everything on the distressed middle-class. up to 95 per cent of school fees, while for ten years, Oundle’s LifeFor me that’s not the priority.’ Dr Stephen agrees that not all parents Changing Bursary Scheme has supported those ‘from disadvantaged are deserving of financial assistance. ‘It’s dangerous to offer bursaries backgrounds’. Durham School offers a variety of scholarships with fee to those who earn over £120,000,’ he says. ‘It sends the wrong remission, including funding of up to 100 per cent for ‘academically message, and it’s appalling PR.’ St Paul’s, where boarding fees and musically elite pupils of Chinese ancestry’, as part of the Peter are £12,997 a term, offers assistance to families on a combined Lee Scholarships programme. salary of up to £120,000. It is a mark of how grossly inflated fees Dr Stephen observes a general problem with the independent have become that those earning £120,000 might require help. school sector is one that is tied up with financial assistance. Balancing bursary funding within school is undeniably tricky, ‘Independent schools have reacted to what the people with the for how do you cut the cake? ‘If you’re filling your school, you don’t money to pay for education wanted from education,’ he says. ‘Back necessarily want to give all your money to a small number of pupils in the days of Thomas Arnold it was all about being a gentleman. who would normally be on free school meals,’ says Lenon. Dr Hands In the 1960s it became about getting into Oxford and Cambridge, agrees. Fees for Winchester College are £41,709 a year, and bursary as a result of what the parents wanted. The sector hasn’t created awards range from five to 100 per cent of fees. This spread is key, says anything, it’s simply been a chameleon, changing colour in light Dr Hands. ‘If you end up just with people who can afford the full of the parents, and it’s not listening anymore. It is like a Doctor Who fee, and those who absolutely can’t, you’ve got the 100 per cent and who has forgotten how to regenerate.’ ■ the zero per cent, with nowhere in the middle. That’s not the kind 36 | SCHOOLHOUSEMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP Max Davidson considers the value of international scholarships and bursaries for promoting positive environmental policy

ow can we rise to the environmental challenge of the times? And how can we harness the energy and enthusiasm of young people to that great enterprise? Such fundamental moral questions have never been more urgent than in 2020. Yet, with the coronavirus pandemic dominating public discourse all over the world, it has been hard for policy-makers to focus on the far horizon. Luckily, there have been some exceptions to the rule. One of the key contributions to this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos came from Jens Waltermann, the executive director of United World Colleges (UWC) International, who called for the public and private sector to partner in education to help young citizens of all backgrounds address global risks. Waltermann was responding to the


WEF’s recently published Schools of the Future white paper, which also stresses the importance of public-private partnership. There is nothing new in the idea that, when it comes to education, the public and private sectors should see each other as allies rather than adversaries. Successful independent schools have been fostering such links for years and have been increasingly ambitious in the scope of their joint programmes. In an example of good practice in this field, students at Dulwich College recently teamed up with local partnership schools to attend a programme of seminars and workshops on the theme of ‘consumption’, challenging students to examine the global impact of their choices as consumers. But Waltermann’s address at Davos reflected the growing consensus


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that such public-private partnerships need to go beyond good intentions and transcend national borders in practical, sustainable ways. The Harvard postgraduate student or bright Dulwich sixth-former must be in lock-step with the budding entrepreneur in Nairobi or Mumbai. And they must all look beyond the narrow confines of their own neighbourhoods if they are going to grasp the bigger environmental picture. As Waltermann put it, ‘Only when we have citizens who can work across boundaries to come up with shared solutions to shared problems are we on the path to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals.’ Amen to that. At Oxford University’s Saïd Business School (SBS), within walking distance of the laboratories where scientists are working flat out to develop a coronavirus vaccine, there is an extraordinary cross-fertilisation of ideas and know-how from graduate students from around the world, all focussed on the Holy Grail of global

cooperation and sustainable development. They don’t just pursue their own studies: they form an international network bound by shared values. In an educational model from which others could learn, SBS offers scholarships to postgraduate business students from overseas who study in Oxford, bringing with them their first-hand experience of grass-roots challenges, and then return to their own countries, armed for the environmental battles ahead. One such scholarship programme, established in 2014, is funded by the New York-based Pershing Square Foundation and supports up to five students a year through a masters degree and subsequent MBA year. And not any old students either. Recipients of the Pershing Square scholarship must satisfy the foundation that they are ‘exceptional individuals who can demonstrate the potential and commitment to finding scalable and sustainable solutions to world-scale social challenges’. Recent Pershing Square scholars have included Alexis McGivern from Canada – a specialist in waste management

‘Only when we have citizens who can work across boundaries to come up with shared solutions to shared problems are we on the path to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals’ Jens Waltermann, the executive director of United World Colleges (UWC) at the International World Economic Forum (WEF)

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and the promotion of plastic-free living, who wants to build on her early achievements with United Nations agencies in low-income countries – and Ecuador-born Sophia Watkins, who has campaigned tirelessly against the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. ‘Solutions to environmental degradation require a strong foundation in both science and socio-economic incentives,’ says Watkins, who is the founder and CEO of the Forest Fund Co, working with local landowners to address the underlying land-use issues. For her, as for other Pershing Square scholars, an Oxford MBA will be far more than a piece of paper – it will be an intellectual tool to help her do a good job even better. Another tranche of graduate students at SBS are Skoll Scholars, MBA students sponsored by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. The clue is in the name, ‘social entrepreneurship’ being defined as ‘the practice of combining opportunity, innovation and resourcefulness to address critical social and environmental challenges’. Let other MBA graduates earn a packet working for multinationals: the sights of Skoll scholars are set higher. The current crop of scholars range from Libby McCarthy from New Zealand, who has helped smallholder farmers in Myanmar develop ag-tech products, to Dawn Musil from the United States, an apiarist who became fascinated by bees in her family’s orchard and has since taken the gospel of beekeeping to low-income women in West Africa. Very different CVs, but with a strong thread of idealism running through them both. ‘I was interested in development, so I did not think I would end up doing an MBA,’ says Shiemaa Ahmed from Sudan, another of the Saïd Business School’s 2020 intake. ‘But the one offered at Oxford is not a typical MBA, in that it focuses on solving global challenges and increasing social impact.’ If universities and business schools are leading the way in this arena, there have also been some encouraging initiatives involving younger students. Millfield School in Somerset has just launched a new campaign to fund bursaries at the school, while at the same time supporting NGOs in the developing world. The Transform a Life campaign is an offshoot of the global awareness campaign #TOGETHERBAND, the brain-child of former Millfield student Cameron Saul. Money raised by the campaign will be split 50/50 between bursaries and

Musician, Amy Yuan, representing Millfield School’s #TOGETHERBAND

development projects. ‘It is early days and we have not set specific fund-raising targets,’ says Nicola Pender, head of alumni and foundation at the school. ‘But we are hoping to offer bursaries to students from the UK as well as further afield. Millfield has always had a globalist outlook and is proud of the “Millfield mix”, which is central to the school’s ethos.’ A key plank of #TOGETHERBAND’s mission, as it is of the sustainable fashion brand BOTTLETOP, also founded by Cameron Saul, is the 17 Global Goals that the UN has pledged to achieve by 2030. The goals range from education to climate action and, although it is a daunting wish-list, Millfield is determined to see that its pupils familiarise themselves with the 17 goals as assiduously as they once boned up on Stuart kings and French irregular verbs. ‘The Global Goals have now been embedded in PHSE classes and they also feature in inter-house competitions,’ says Ms Pender. ‘What we have found is that some pupils like to focus on one goal, such as zero-hunger, and get their heads around what part they can play in helping achieve this.’ One Millfield girl has been so fired up by Goal 14, Life Underwater, that she is organising a swimming fund-raiser, the proceeds of which will help conserve the planet’s marine resources. In the topsy-turvy global economy, it is ironic that, at a time when


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Promoting global change with the Bulkeley-Evans Scholarship Fund


coronavirus has decimated global travel, and responsible citizens are as familiar with their carbon footprint as their shoe size, the importance of young people gaining first-hand experience of global issues has never been so important. Lessons learnt in a classroom in England will never replace the real thing, glimpsed in the heat and dust of Africa or the Indian sub-continent. One charitable trust that has been sponsoring idealistic young people for nearly 70 years is the Bulkeley-Evans Scholarship Fund, which offers financial support for students at HMC schools on gap year projects between school and university. One recent beneficiary of the fund is Zara Boucher, a sixth-form student at St Swithun’s School in Winchester, who will spend part of her upcoming gap year as a volunteer teacher at a primary school in rural Kenya. Boucher is a passionate chorister and plans to use the funds from her scholarship to buy the music, folders and other supplies to support a school choir. By contributing to the local community in this way, she will help further the fourth of the UN’s 17 Global Goals: education for all.

Twenty years ago, the school where Boucher will be teaching was struggling to survive teaching in run-down, insanitary buildings. Now, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and the good offices of the Vanessa Grant Trust, a virtuous circle has replaced the vicious circle of poverty and neglect. In the current economic climate, it is natural that independent schools should look to bursaries and scholarships as a practical way to plug gaps in funding. But, as Millfield and St Swithun’s have shown, there could be a once-in-a-generation opportunity here to kill two birds with one stone. Team up with the right partner, with a proven commitment to the sustainability agenda, and schools could launch their students on courses of study which combine idealism with hard-edged practicality. In the maelstrom of 2020, politicians have understandably been focussing on the here and now. But it has been heartening to see so many academic institutions taking a longer view and striving to produce future leaders with a genuinely global outlook. It is an encouraging trend and should gather pace in 2021. ■

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ndrew Castle, the former tennis star and breakfast show presenter on LBC at weekends, recalls how a Millfield bursary changed his life. ‘My family owned a fish and chip shop in Taunton; we had no money but tennis became my passion. My older brother, David, was a good player and one day as a young kid I just picked up a racket from under the stairs and fell in love with the game. ‘After a few local courses, I won my first little trophy and that mattered hugely to me. Here was something I was good at. Then I began playing for Somerset juniors and amazingly won the Under 12 national champs. But where could I go from there? We had no cash and no access to indoor courts, but the Millfield headmaster,


Colin Atkinson, heard of our situation and offered me the chance to go there on a full scholarship. It was the making of me. Looking back I think “My God. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.”’ Castle went on to become British number one and Australian Open Mixed doubles finalist, winning titles all over the world. His expertise and mischievous charm led to sports presenting and a stint on the GMTV sofa. He is among hundreds of young hopefuls who fulfilled their dreams through generous scholarships from Millfield, the sporting powerhouse whose honour roll is a roster of British sporting greatness: from rugby legends Gareth Edwards and Chris Robshaw to England netball star Pamela Cookey and Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover. Thanks to Millfield’s unrivalled facilities, reputation and state-of-

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the-art coaching, hundreds of ambitious youngsters apply for their generous scholarships each year. Other top independent schools, including Whitgift, Repton, Tonbridge and Harrow, have also nurtured numerous champions via their sports awards A report brought out last year by the Sutton Trust, a foundation set up to improve social mobility, and the Social Mobility Commission – a public body that monitors and promotes social mobility – reported that almost half (46 per cent) of national schools competitions are won by independent schools, ‘despite 86 per cent of competing schools coming from the state sector’. A bursary from an independent school can give a talented and ambitious sportsperson a huge leg up. With state-of-the-world facilities, longer school hours, boarding options and coaches often themselves of national, and international competition standard, the advantages are obvious. Since 2005 Wellington College, Berkshire, has produced 13 full internationals in rugby, golf, cricket, athletics and shooting, most Josh Hodge, a recent sports scholar for Sedbergh, playing for the Exeter Chiefs

notably cricket stars Sam and brother Tom Curran, a member of the England World Cup winning squad, and Olympic athlete Morgan Lake, the British high jump champion. Despite its size – just 530 pupils in its co-ed senior school – Sedbergh, alma mater of Will Carling and World Cup winner Will Greenwood, is famous for rugby and recent sports scholars Cameron Redpath and Josh Hodge are itching to join their illustrious forebears. A rugby coach spotted Hodge’s natural talent when, aged nine, in his first session of tag rugby at his state primary, the prodigious all-rounder drop-kicked the ball 30 yards with perfect accuracy. During a taster day at Sedbergh’s junior school soon afterwards, he took part in the whole school run, his first competitive race, and finished second out of 120 pupils, beating youngsters of 13. He received a sports scholarship that gave his family useful help with the school fees and provided Josh with a huge confidence boost. In his mid-teens, he won England age-group honours and turned professional aged 18, first with Newcastle Falcons then moving to high-flying Exeter Chiefs and a call up as apprentice to the England senior squad for the 2020 Six Nations. ‘The scholarship to Sedbergh gave me the biggest chance of my life,’ he reflected. ‘The school was the best place for me to hone my game and get a world-class education at the same time.’ Another rising rugby star, recent England debutant George Furbank, 24, also gained crucial experience when he moved to sports stronghold Bedford School in the sixth-form, and joined the Northampton Saints squad. The school is famous for its cricket: former England captain (and boy chorister) Alastair Cook arrived on a choral scholarship, but in his final year scored a record 1,287 runs for the school, including two unbeaten double-hundreds. Sports scholar Emilio Gay made his first class debut for Northamptonshire in 2019 and is likewise gunning for an England cap. Repton has always been renowned for its sporting strength. The extraordinary Reptonian all-rounder, Charles Burgess Fry, represented England at cricket and football and equalled the world long jump record. He also turned down the throne of Albania and well into his 70s could still perform his party trick of leaping from a standing position backwards onto a mantelpiece. No surprise that the school’s most prestigious all-rounder scholarship now bear his name. These days Repton is arguably Britain’s top hockey school, winning record numbers of national titles and supplying numerous Olympians, including 2016 gold medallist Georgie Twigg and four of her international teammates. Among the current holders of a CB Fry award and a sports scholarship is Harry Stone, 15, a hockey prodigy who last year received his call up for England Under 16s and is already training with the national Under 18 squad. He believes the school is crucial in managing his packed competitive schedule. ‘Repton offers SCHOOLHOUSEMAGAZINE.CO.UK | 45

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‘Repton offers me so much support in terms of flexibility around training, keeping track of my academics and helping me to balance my time. The school cares about how I am, as well as my sport. This allows me to develop as a player and therefore achieve my academic and sporting goals’ Harry Stone, a junior hockey international, from Repton School

me so much support in terms of flexibility around training, keeping track of my academics and helping me to balance my time. The school cares about how I am, as well as my sport. This allows me to develop as a player and therefore achieve my academic and sporting goals.’ Given Stone’s focus and versatility, the offer of a vacant throne must be only a matter of time. Winning sports scholarships is often about thorough preparation, time management and encouragement. The famously outdoorsy Worcestershire prep school, Abberley Hall, nurtured the talents of gifted rider and all-round sportswoman Holly Needham, helping her secure a coveted sports scholarship to Malvern College. Aged 17, she was selected to represent GB at the European Junior Eventing Championships. Now 21, she is successfully juggling her gruelling commitments on the GB Young Rider Development Programme with a sports psychology degree at Loughborough University. Another fine all-rounder, Grace Seedhouse, 14, last year became Malvern’s inaugural winner of the prestigious annual Rachael Heyhoe Flint Cricket Award, the first dedicated girls’ cricket scholarship offered by any school. Importantly, this includes both a financial element and a package of mentoring and specialist coaching on the College’s Performance Pathway, designed to help each recipient reach her full potential. At Leweston School, Dorset, facilities and specialist coaching are key to the school’s pre-eminence in athletics and multi-sports. Although relatively small, it hosts a Modern Pentathlon Academy and has excelled nationally at triathlon, cross-country, pistol shooting and equestrianism thanks to sports scholars like Ginny Bruce, pentathlon international Sam Stewart and Lily Amor, a European level biathlete and heptathlete, England hockey hopeful and member of Bath Netball Academy. In 2019, her equally versatile Leweston teammate, Darcy Dryden, 14, won national titles at laser run, triathlon and the

Hockey prodigy, Harry Stone, aged 15, and holder of a CB Fry award and a scholarship at Repton School

prep schools cross-country championship, plus medals at the World Biathle and World Laser Run Championships. By offering these scholarships, Leweston and similar schools give British elite sport a huge boost, says Sara Guy the school’s director of sport. ‘Many of our scholars couldn’t otherwise access specialist coaching, facilities and high level competition. This is how they fulfil their potential.’ Rugby star Josh Hodge agrees. ‘Scholarships like mine are terrific for sport as a whole,’ he said. ‘They identify hidden gems and people who couldn’t otherwise go to great schools, like Sedbergh, with all the opportunities this gives you. Sportswise – its fantastic of course. I’d never have achieved what I have without that scholarship. But the education it gives you is brilliant at developing behaviour, confidence and character too. It prepares you to be a young man at a young age and to deal maturely with any situation, however tough. I, and many like me, are determined to make the best of the incredible chances we’ve been given.’ ■

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CREATIVITY ON FIRE Talented bursar scholar Morola Oyefesobi thanks Eastbourne College

which included an award of £100 to design an art sculpture for the hen I first started at Eastbourne College in school. When I was awarded the scholarship I was also given year nine it felt like I had won a golden ticket. £500 towards anything design-related, which I used to take part I live in Newham, east London, and went to an in two different architecture work experience courses. I also average state school near my house. I attended ended up doing a civil engineering work experience course at the Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy every Tideway through Eastside Saturday for two years with and Royal SpringBoard, my older brother, before Morola Oyefesobi who introduced me to being told by the charity, Eastbourne College. Springboard, that we had got I finished my time at our bursaries, which meant Eastbourne with A* A B that we could go to private at A-level, in art, DT and schools. My brother was to maths, respectively. I was go to Wellington College and also appointed captain me to Eastbourne College. of the girls squash team, As excited as I was to start gained half colours in my new school, I quickly squash and full colours in realised how much of an art, as well as the special adjustment it was going to be. Headmaster’s Award at It was the small differences the end of the year. I was that I noticed first, like how very surprised when I was no one wore the school awarded the Headmaster’s shoes Kickers; everyone got Award as it is only given their loafers from Russell & to two people per year Bromley. Or how my plain group. It is said that the black school jumper from person who receives it the school shop was fine, but best represents the values everyone else’s had the little of Eastbourne in the Ralph Lauren logo on theirs. headmaster’s eyes. So, Or even the fact that not when I was watching the owning a Longchamp bag end of year prize giving for your school books in year assembly live from home ten felt like social suicide. during lockdown, it felt nice I know now that all to be noticed, even when of these insecurities were I was not actually at school. in the head of a nervous I am currently studying pre-teen girl, but I was the ‘My teachers helped and pushed me, as product design at Cardiff only black girl in my year Metropolitan University. group for five years – from they knew I had what it took to succeed at Product design is the ideal 13 to 18 – and was always GCSE and A-level. I became a DT scholar course for me as it’s the trying to fit in. But Eastbourne and won the Arnold Embellishers Wettern perfect blend of practical College was also the place prize, which included an award of £100 and creative. It’s a subject where I found my identity I would have never thought and learned to love and costs to design a sculpture for the school’ to do if it wasn’t for my accept myself, because amazing DT teachers, this is what Eastbourne especially Mr Clover, the constantly promotes. head of the DT department. I will always look back fondly at my The DT and art departments at school gave me so many time at Eastbourne College and can only hope that my younger opportunities over the years, for which I will always be grateful. brother, who is currently part of the Eastside Young Leaders’ My teachers constantly helped and pushed me as they knew I had Academy, can get to experience all the fun and growth I did what it took to succeed at GCSE and A-level. In year ten I became at boarding school. n a DT scholar and won the Arnold Embellishers Wettern prize,



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KNIGHTSBRIDGE SCHOOL EXPANDS Knightsbridge school is getting bigger and better as it extends to offer a superlative education to pupils up to 16


nightsbridge School (KS) opened its doors in 2006 as a co-educational prep school offering schooling for children aged three to 13 year olds. Since then it has proven itself as a nurturing and energetic school with popularity for places soaring. ‘We opened Knightsbridge School to address a shortage of pre-prep and prep places in central London,’ says founder and principal, Magoo Giles.‘But over the years we’ve had many conversations with parents who have expressed disappointment that their child couldn’t stay on at Knightsbridge School past 13-years-old. ‘We decided that it was time to address this issue; so, from this academic year, we have introduced a year nine class, with years ten and 11 to follow in 2021 and 2022.This step fulfills the ambition of the school to provide an all-through education.’ The extension will progress year-on-year organically, to ensure the KS culture throughout. Knightsbridge School now operates through the use of four buildings, with the newest addition, Elvaston Place, housing our seniors. Shona Colaço, head, is responsible for planning this exciting extension, a role for which she feels well equipped, having had previous experience of the same task. ‘The excitement from students and parents has been matched by that of the staff across the school,’ says Shona Colaço. ‘Many of our teachers are qualified and experienced in teaching through to GCSE and have been eagerly developing the new curriculum.

We have developed the curriculum around our KS code, which allows our students to pursue their own unique path. From creative subjects such as dance, drama, music and visual art, to the more academic sciences, humanities, business and computing, our bespoke curriculum is tailored to the needs of our students. We are proud of our multicultural community and embrace this through our celebrations, offering of languages and in the curriculum we teach. Our life perspectives curriculum allows students to explore subjects such as citizenship, religious studies and sociology, with scope to achieve qualifications at GCSE, and incorporates opportunities for our children to engage in discussion with role models across diverse industries and communities. Our holistic approach to wellbeing includes weekly yoga and team building sessions at the start and end of each week. This provision, alongside our weekly sports sessions, ensures our students continue to have healthy bodies and healthy minds. It’s not just the staff that have an active role in shaping the senior school however. ‘Our current year eights were the ones to choose the new senior uniform design, so that they had a say in what they see themselves wearing with pride at age 16,’ explains Colaço. The current year eights and nines have also been involved in the design of their student common room and dining area. ‘It’s a very exciting time for us here at Knightsbridge,’ says Magoo. ‘We look forward to the coming years to see how we all, staff and students alike, can progress and develop together in this new chapter of Knightsbridge School.’


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Alleyn’s School Townley Road, Dulwich, London SE22 8SU T 020 8557 1500 W bursaries-and-scholarships Awards: Meanstested academic bursaries; Scholarships - Academic, Art (11+ only), Music and Sport (11+ only). Value: Bursaries - up to 100% fee remission (and, in some cases, coach travel, uniform and school meals); Scholarships - up to £5,000 per year. Age at entry: 11+, 16+ Deadlines: Please check website for details. ■■■L Ashbourne College 17 Old Court Place, London W8 4PL T 020 7937 3858 W Awards: Scholarships - Art, Performing Arts (Music & Drama), Medical Sciences and Academic Excellence. Value: Scholarships 10-95% fee remission. Age at entry: Year 11 - Year 13 Deadline: Ongoing admissions. ■■L Broomwood Hall Lower School 192 Ramsden Road, SW12 8RQ & 50 Nightingale Lane, SW12 8TE T 020 8682 8830 W Awards: 7+ (year 3) One year at Broomwood Hall Lower School before moving on to Northcote Lodge (boys) or Broomwood Hall Upper School (girls) at 8+. Academic and music scholarships available Value: Approximately 20% of fees Age at entry: 7+ Deadline: Published on website ■■■L



Broomwood Hall Upper School 68-74 Nightingale Lane SW12 8NR T 020 8682 8830 W Awards: 7+ (year 3) One year at Broomwood Hall Lower School before moving on to Northcote Lodge (boys) or Broomwood Hall Upper School (girls) at 8+. Academic and music scholarships available Value: Approximately 20% of fees Age at entry: 7+ Deadline: Published on website ■■■L8 City of London School 107 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 3AL T 020 360 6300 W apply/bursary Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships Academic, Sport and Music. Value: Bursaries - 25-100% fee remission; Scholarships - £250. Age at entry: 11+, 16+ Deadline: (For 2021 entry) October 2020 (16+), November 2020 (11+). ■■9


Dulwich College Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD T 020 8693 3601 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships - Art, Music, Academic and Sport. Value: Bursaries - up to 100% fee remission; Scholarships 10-33% fee remission. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadlines: (For 2021 entry) 6 November midday. ■■9


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Godolphin and Latymer School Iffley Road, London W6 0PG T 020 8741 1936 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Music Scholarships at 11+ and 16+; Art Scholarships at 16+. Value: Bursaries - up to 100% fee remission; Music Scholarships – up to 30% fee remission; Art Scholarships – up to 30% fee remission. Age at entry: 11+, 16+ Deadline: 11+ – registration by November of the year prior to entry; 16+ – registration by October of the year prior to entry. ■■■8


The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School Butterfly Lane, Elstree, Hertforshire WD6 3AF T 020 8266 1700 W Awards: Scholarships Limited number of academic scholarships to pupils entering the senior school in year seven and year nine. All candidates will be eligible for these scholarships, which are awarded for academic excellence; music scholarships are also available. Value: Bursaries - Up to 100% fee remission. This can include free/ subsidised travel, trips, lunch and uniform. Scholarships - awarded irrespective of parental financial circumstances, carries an element of fee remission which is usually between 5% to 20% of the annual fees. Age at entry: 5+, 7+, 11+ and 13+ Deadline: 20 November in the year proceeding entry ■■■■■9


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King’s College School, Wimbledon Southside, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4TT T 020 8255 5300 W Awards: Bursaries; Scholarships - Academic, Sport, Music, Art and Drama. Value: Bursaries - up to 100% fee remission and other necessary costs; Scholarships up to £400. Academic scholarship at 16+ up to £3000. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: Please refer to website. ■■■■9u


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Northwood Senior 3 Garrad’s Road, SW16 1JZ T 020 8161 0301 W Awards: 11+ and 13+ all-rounder scholarships Value: Approximately 20% of fees Age at entry: 11+ and 13+ Deadline: Published on website ■■L


Notting Hill Prep School 95 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QQ T 020 7221 0727 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; year 4 (creative arts) year 7 Value: Up to 100% Age at entry: 4+; occasional places available Deadline: Details published on website ■■■L


Old Palace of John Whitgift School Old Palace Road, Croydon CR0 1AX T 020 8688 2027 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships - The Whitgift Scholarship (highest ranking academic award); the Ayckbowm Scholarship (second highest ranking academic award); Music and Mathematics Scholarships; English Awards; Reasoning Awards; Head’s Awards; Music Awards; Exhibitions. Value: Bursaries - up to 99% fee remission; Scholarships 10-50% fee remission. Age at entry: 11+, 16+ Deadline: See website ■■■■■■8


Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School 10-13 Prince’s Gardens, London SW7 1ND T 020 7591 4620 W Awards: Academic scholarships awarded; Bursaries are means tested Value: Scholarships - 20% fee remission. Age at entry: 3+, 4+, 7+, 8+ (scholarships available at 7+ and 8+ only). Deadline: For September 2021 entry, please contact our admissions team for deadlines and more information: admissions@ ■■■L

Newton Prep 149 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4BX T 020 7720 4091 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries from year three; Honorary scholarships - Academic, Drama, Music, Art and Sport. Value: Means-tested bursaries up to 100% fee remission. Age at entry: 3-13 years old Deadline: September of the year before entry. ■■■L Northcote Lodge 26 Bolingbroke Grove, SW11 6EL T 020 8682 8830 W Awards: 7+ (year 3) One year at Broomwood Hall Lower School before moving on to Northcote Lodge (boys) or Broomwood Hall Upper School (girls) at 8+. Academic and music scholarships available Value: Approximately 20% of fees Age at entry: 7+ Deadline: Published on website ■■■L9



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Putney High School GDST 35 Putney Hill, London SW15 6BH T 020 8788 4886 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries provided through the GDST; 11+ Scholarships - Academic, Music and Sport; 16+ Scholarships - Academic, Art, Drama, Design Technology, Music and Sport. Value: Bursaries - up to 100% fee remission; Scholarships up to 50% fee remission. Age at entry: 4+, 11+, 16+ Deadline: (For 2021 entry) 2 November 2020. ■■■■■8 Redcliffe School 47 Redcliffe Gardens London, SW10 9JH T 020 7352 9247 W E Awards: Means-tested bursaries up to 100% of fees; application at registration Value: Up to 100% fee remission Age at entry: 2+ entry; 4+ entry and occasional places Deadline: See website ■■■■L


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St Dunstan’s College Stanstead Road, London SE6 4TY T 020 8516 7226 W Awards: Scholarships – (academic, music, drama, art, sport) at 11+, 13+ and 16+; St Dunstan’s Sixth-Form Scholarship (16+ only) Value: Scholarships - 10 or 25% fee remission with a maximum of 35% in total; bursaries up to 100% fee remission Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: For September 2021 entry: 11+ and 13+ scholarships, November 2020; 11+ and 13+ bursaries, December 2020; 16+ scholarships and bursaries, October 2020 ■■■■L

St Paul’s Cathedral School 2 New Change, London EC4M 9AD T 020 7248 5156 W scholarships Awards: Scholarships Academic, Music, Sport and Art. Value: Scholarships -10% fee remission. Age at entry: 11+ Deadline: See website ■■L


Aysgarth School Newton-le-Willows, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 1TF T 01677 451021 W Awards: Scholarships or means-tested bursaries. Value: 10-100% fee remission. Age at entry: 8 - 13 years. Deadline: See website ■■■L


Badminton School Westbury Road, Westburyon-Trym, Bristol BS9 3BA T 0117 905 5200 W admissions/scholarshipsawards-bursaries Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships - Junior School, All-Rounder, Academic, Music, Art, Sports and STEM; South West Regional Award; Sixth Form Day Girl Award; Old Badmintonian Award. Value: Bursaries - up to 50% fee remission; Scholarships £0-£1,500 fee remission; South West Regional Award - up to £3,00 fee remission; SixthForm Day Girl Award - £4,000 fee remission. Age at entry: 9+, 10+, 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: See website ■■■■■■■■8

Trinity School Shirley Park, Croydon CR9 7AT T 020 8656 9541 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships Academic, Music, Sport, Art, Drama and DT. Value: Bursaries - up to 99% fee remission; Scholarships - 5-50% fee remission. Age at entry: 10+, 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: (For 2021 entry) November 2020 - check website for details. ■■■9u Whitgift School Haling Park, South Croydon CR2 6YT T 020 8688 9222 W admissions Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships - Academic (all applicants considered); Art; Design, Technology & Engineering; Drama; Music (including choristers) and Sport. Value: Bursaries - up to 99% fee remission; Scholarships - 5-50% fee remission. Age at entry: 10+, 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: See website ■■■■■■9


Bromsgrove School Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 7DU T 01527 579679 W admissions Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships - Academic, Music, Art/Textiles (13+, 16+ only), Drama (13+, 16+ only) and Sport (13+, 16+ only). Value: Scholarships - There is much competition for Scholarship places at Bromsgrove but they offer only a small amount of financial help - the reward is through recognition of the Scholars’ contribution to their area of excellence within the school; All Scholarships can be supplemented by means-tested bursaries up to 50% fee remission. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: First Friday in January prior to entry. ■■■■■■L


Cheam School Headley, Newbury, Berkshire RG19 8LD T 01635 268242 W Awards: Guaranteed and discretionary bursaries Value: Up to 100% fee remission. Age at entry: 8+ Deadline: Please contact the school. ■■■■■■L


Christ’s Hospital Horsham, West Sussex RH13 0JL T 01403 246555 W Awards: More bursary support than any other independent school; Scholarships - Academic Excellence, Music, Art, Drama and Sport. Value: Means-tested bursaries - up to 100% fee remission; Scholarships - 5-20% fee remission Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: (For 2022 entry) 17 September 2021 ■■L


Downside School Stratton-on-the-Fosse Bath, Somerset, BA3 4RJ T 01761 235103 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; scholarships – academic, art, choral, drama & theatre, product design, sport and all-rounder Value: 5-100% fee remission Age at entry: 11+, 13+ and 16+ Deadline: See website for details ■■■■L


d’Overbroeck’s 333 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7PL T 01865 688600 W scholarships Awards: Scholarships – academic, art, drama, film/video/photography, journalism, music, sport, be your best Value: Up to 25% fee remission Age at entry: 16+ Deadline: For 2021 entry – 10 November 2020 (academic), 15 January (all scholarships except academic) ■■■L


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Elstree School Woolhampton, Reading Berkshire, RG7 5TD T 01189 713302 W Awards: Foundation Scholarships for academic, sport or music available for boys and girls enrolling in year 3 or 4 in 2021 Value: Various Age at entry: 6 and 7 (current year 2 and 3 to start in year 3 or 4 in 2021) Deadline: Applications to be received by 5pm on Friday 5 March 2021 ■■■■L Girls Day Scool Trust (GDST) The Belvedere Academy,; Birkenhead High School Academy;; Brighton Girls,; Howell's School Llandaff,; Newcastle High School for Girls,; Norwich High School for Girls,; Nottingham Girls' High School,; Oxford High School,; Portsmouth High School,; Royal High School Bath,; Sheffield High School for Girls,; Shrewsbury High School; Gresham’s School Cromer Road, Holt Norfolk NR25 6EA T 01263 714500 W Awards: Scholarships Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport. Value: Up to 20% fee remission. Additional means-tested bursaries available to scholars. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: Year 9 – 13 November 2020; Year 12 – 16 October 2020. ■■■■■■L

OBC Hurtwood House Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NU T 01483 279000 W Awards: Scholarships performing arts and maths/science. Value: Performing arts 10-50% fee remission; maths/ science - £500-£2000 per term. Age at entry: 16+ Deadline: (For 2021 entry) November 2020 ■■■L 64



King Edward’s School, Bath North Road, Bath BA2 6HU T 01225 464313 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries available at Year 7 and Year 12 entry; Academic Scholarships and Special Talent Awards in art, drama, music and sport available at Year 7 entry. There are a limited number of Discretionary Headmaster’s Awards available at Year 12 entry. Value: Year 7 entrance bursaries range from 10 - 100% of school fees. Age at entry: 11+, 16+ Deadline: See website for details. ■■■■■■L Lancing College Lancing, West Sussex BN15 0RW T 01273 465 805 W E Awards: Scholarships Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Ken Shearwood Award (All-Rounder; 13+ only), Organ (16+ only), Peter Robinson Cricket and Sport. Value: Typically 5-25% fee remission. Age at entry: 13+, 16+ Deadline: (For 2021 entry) October/November 2020. ■■■■■L The Leys School Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 7AD T 01223 508904 W Awards: Academic, STEM, music, sport, drama, art Value: 5% fee reduction and further reductions available by way of means-tested bursaries Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: See website for details. ■■L





Mayfield School The Old Palace, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6PH T 01435 874642 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; scholarships academic, creative art, drama, music, sport, equestrian, dance. Please see website for more information and application requirements Value: Means-tested bursaries up to 100% fee remission; Scholarships 5%-25% fee remission/complimentary tuition Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: (For 2021 entry) November 2020 ■■■■■■8


Repton and Repton Prep School Repton, Derbyshire, DE65 6FH; Repton Prep School, Milton, Derbyshire, DE65 6EJ T 01283 559222 (Repton); 01283 707112 (Repton Prep) W; reptonprep. Awards: The Repton Scholarship (academic), CB Fry award (all-rounder), sport, music, drama, art and design technology; means-tested bursaries Value: Up to 20 per cent Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: Please contact the admissions manager ■■■■■■■■■L


Pangbourne College Reading, Berkshire RG8 8LA T 01189 767415 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; scholarships – academic, art, drama, music, design technology, sport Value: 0–100% fee remission based on means-testing. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: Published on website ■■■L


Roedean School Roedean Way, Brighton BN2 5RQ T 01273 667500 W Awards: Scholarships – Academic, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Performing Arts and Sport. Value: 5-40% fee remission. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: (For 2021 entry) November 2020. ■■■■■■8


Rossall School Broadway, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 8JW T 01253 774201 W scholarships Awards: Bursaries – Foundation Bursary Award (16+), meanstested bursaries; scholarships – academic, sport, golf, music, art and design, choral, drama Value: General scholarships up to 20% fee remission; named scholarships (boarding) and Foundation Bursary Award 80-100% fee remission. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: 11 November 2020 (16+), 4 December 2020 (11+, 13+) ■■■■■■L


Royal Grammar School, Guildford High Street, Guildford Surrey, GU1 3BB T 01483 880600 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; 3+ scholarships – academic, art, music, sport; 11+ scholarships – academic, music. Value: 5 – 100% Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: Published on website. ■■■9



Queen Anne’s School Henley Road, Caversham, Berkshire RG4 6DX T 01189 187333 W scholarships-bursaries Awards: Scholarships - Allround, Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport Value: Academic scholarship up to 30% of day fees. Allround, art, drama, music and sport scholarships up to 20% of day fees. Smaller awards may be offered. Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ Deadline: October 2020 (16+); November 2021 (11+, 13+). ■■■8 Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate Thorpe Underwood Estate, York YO26 9SS T 01423 333300 W Awards: Scholarships Academic, Sport, Drama, Music; Sibling and Forces discounts. Value: 5-100% fee remission. Age at entry: 3 months19 years Deadline: Ongoing admission. ■■■■■L


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Royal Hospital School Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2RX T 01473 326200 W Awards: Scholarships – academic, music, sailing, sport, art, design, drama; exhibitions – academic; awards – talent, all-round. Means-tested bursaries; sibling discount; Greenwich Hospital bursaries & discounts for Royal Navy, Royal Marines and WRNS personnel; discounts for service families in receipt of MOD CEA. Value: Discretionary Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 16+ ■■■■■■■L


Rugby School Lawrence Sheriff St, Rugby CV22 5EH T 01788 556216 W Awards: Means-tested Bursaries; The Arnold Foundation; Scholarships – Academic, Music, Sport, Drama, Art, D&T, Computing Value: Bursaries up to 100% of fees; Arnold Foundation (boarding only) 110% of fees; Scholarships 10% fee remission, but special awards also available Age at entry: 13+, 16+ Deadline: Please check website for latest dates. ■■■L



Stonyhurst Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ T 01254 827073 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships – Academic, Music, Drama & Theatre, Sport, AllRounder, St Francis Xavier award. Value: Maximum of 10% (Scholarships), up to 100% in exceptional circumstances (Bursaries). Age at entry: 11+,13+,16+ Deadline: Published on website. ■■■■■L


St Edmund’s School Canterbury St Thomas Hill, Canterbury CT2 8HU T 01227 475601 W Awards: Published online Value: 5–20% Age at entry: Nursery, reception, year 3, year 7, year 9, year 12 Deadline: 6 January 2021 ■■■■■■■■■Lu


Shrewsbury School The Schools, Shrewsbury SY3 7BA T 01743 280552 W Awards: Means-tested Bursaries; Scholarships – Academic, Music, Drama, Art, Design Technology, Sport and All-Rounder. Value: 10-100% fee remission Age at entry: 13+, 16+ Deadline: Published on website. ■■■■L 72

St Edward’s, Oxford Oxford, OX2 7NN T 01865 319200 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; Scholarships (13+ and 16+) – academic, music, sport, arts award (dance, drama, art, DT) Value: Scholarships – fee remission of £2,000 per annum; exhibitions (second level of scholarship) and awards – £1,000 per annum Age at entry: 13+, 16+ Deadline: Various from October to February annually; see website. Applications for means-tested bursaries should be made by 31 October the year preceding entry. ■■L St Peter’s School York YO30 6AB T 01904 527305 W /help-with-fees Awards: Help With Fees Bursaries and Music Scholarships Value: 10–100% fee remission Age at entry: 11+, 13+ & 16+ Deadline: 31 December 2020 ■■■■L






St Mary’s Calne Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0DF T 01249 857341 W admissions/scholarships Awards: Scholarships - Academic, Bodinnar All-Rounder, Art, Choral (for first-study singers), Drama, Music (for firststudy instrumentalists) and Sport. Value: Academic awards 5–40% fee remission; Non-Academic awards please contact the school for details Age at entry: 11+, 13+ & Sixth-Form Deadline: Please contact Admissions. ■■■8 St Swithun’s School Alresford Road, Winchester SO21 1HA T 01962 835700 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; scholarships – academic, music, sport Value: Bursaries up to 100%; scholarships up to 20% Age at entry: 11+, 13+ and 16+ Deadline: Published on website ■■■■■8 Stowe Buckingham, MK18 5EH T 01280 818000 W Awards: Means-tested bursaries; scholarships – academic, drama, music, design, art, sport, equestrian, golf, all-rounder and Original Thinking Scholarship Value: 5–100% fee remission Age at entry: 13+ and 16+ Deadline: Published on website ■■■L Tettenhall College Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton WV6 8QX T 01902 751119 W Awards: Bursaries, scholarships: academic, music, sport, art, drama Value: 10–100% fee remission Age at entry: 2 – 18 years Deadline: Contact school for specific year entry ■■■■■L




Tonbridge School High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1JP T 01732 304297 W Awards: Scholarships Academic, Music, Art, Drama, Engineering and Cowdrey (Sport). Value: Up to 100% fee remission. Age at entry: 13+, 14+, 16+ Deadline: 1 December 2020 (Music, Art, Drama, Design, Technology and Engineering and Cowdrey); 1 March 2021 (Academic 13+). ■■■■9


Talbot Heath Rothesay Road, Talbot Woods Bournemouth BH4 9NJ T 01202 761881 W Awards: See website Value: See website Age at entry: See website Deadline: See website ■■■■■8


Tudor Hall School Wykham Park, Banbury OX16 9UR T 01295 756259 W Awards: Academic, dance, drama, music, sport, visual arts. Value: Up to £1,000 per annum with the exception of the all-rounder award, which carries a value of up to £2,000 Age at entry: 11+ Deadline: Various, please see website for details ■■■■8


Wells Cathedral School The Liberty, Wells Somerset, BA5 2ST T 01749 834441 W scholarships E admissions@wells.cathedral. school Awards: Scholarships – Academic, sport, specialist mathematics, art, drama, all-rounder, music and specialist music (music and dance scheme, MDS); means-tested bursaries Value: Scholarships worth 5–50%; bursaries and MDS places are means-tested up to 100% Age at entry: 11+, 13+, 14+, 16+ Deadline: Friday 8 January 2021. ■■■■L


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