There is a long history, across RGSW and AOS, of supporting pupils from families with limited resources to help them meet the cost of their child’s education. This was done through means-tested bursary awards, merit-based scholarships and the Assisted Places scheme. Some alumni and parents also chose to sponsor individual pupils through the Bursary. This work continues in the School today.
The Board of Governors has set the goal of widening accessibility to the School for academically able local children, irrespective of their family’s financial resources. The Foundation has been asked to focus on this mission as its key priority. School funds are already allocated each year for bursary places but demand always exceeds supply. The 20/20 Bursary Campaign was formally launched to provide twenty additional bursary places by the 2020 academic year.
Since 2013 ten pupils have either had or are currently receiving an education because of bursary support funded through voluntary donations. Quite simply, bursaries are transformative for the recipients and the School is enriched by the contribution made to school-life by these pupils.
Donors who wish to offer a bursary award outside of the two bursary funds should contact Scott in the Foundation Office. It is possible to set up named bursary awards or to sponsor pupils for specific periods such as a Sixth Form entrant who wishes to join RGSW for his/her final two years of School. Recipients would be subject to the same means-testing and academic entrance requirements as other bursary pupils.