Bursary Appeal 2020

Bursary Appeal 2020

The Bursary Appeal Fund

Since the Assisted Places Scheme came to an end in 1997, the College has relied on the incredible philanthropic generosity of our community towards our Bursary Appeal Fund, which consists largely of an endowment, to fund bursary places. The Bursary Appeal Fund currently stands at £15.5 million and is able to support 14% of the 191 bursaries we are able to offer. The majority of those who are in receipt of a bursary benefit from fee remission of more than 75%. Your support is crucial in helping us to grow the Bursary Appeal Fund into a sustainable source of funding that will support a greater number of deserving, passionate and skilled pupils on bursary places for centuries to come.

Our Ambition Dulwich College is proud to celebrate a long history of supporting access to bright and deserving boys from all backgrounds. We are a diverse community with a healthy social mix and breadth of talent that enriches the experience of every pupil who attends the College. Since the foundation of the College in 1619 to provide ‘good learning’ for ‘twelve poor scholars’, access to an exceptional education, irrespective of circumstances, has remained at the heart of our principles. Boys who are offered a place, with or without fee assistance, are almost all in the top 15% of academic ability for their age group across the UK. The College today remains committed to honouring this tradition and we currently provide fee support, in the form of means-tested bursaries and scholarships, to more than 30% of our pupils. Our ambition is to increase this to 50%, offering life-changing bursaries to a greater number of academically minded boys whose families are not able to afford the fees. Enabling more young people from underprivileged backgrounds to have access to a Dulwich College education will have both an immediate and long-term impact on their lives, providing the resources and tools that allow them to excel and go on to reach their full potential.

All contributions are welcome, no matter how large or small.

Adam Preocanin OA 2004 – 2006

Trainee Physical Education Teacher

“The moment I found out that I was able to come to Dulwich with financial assistance I was over the moon about it. It just seemed like a really good fit in terms of not only offering the sporting side but also the wider learning and the kind of culture to be able to develop as a person as well. An environment that will support you in what you’re doing and the belief that everyone is able to better themselves.”

Fabian Gupta de Fabiani OA 1996 - 2003

Clifford Ellis OA 2007 – 2014

Assistant Head Teacher, Townley Grammar School. Director of Character Education and Wellbeing, Odyssey Trust for Education “The moment I found out I’d gained a place here at Dulwich College was incredibly exciting. I remember feeling very nervous before the letter was opened and then reading t and just feeling this sense that this is something different, that this is a real opportunity and something that doesn’t happen often in life or to many people. The staff here were incredibly supportive and caring, so the pastoral support was brilliant but I think what really helped me feel at ease was just the plethora of opportunities, activities and extra-curricular clubs that you could take part in. They really fuelled a sense of confidence, curiosity, of independence of thought, independent thinking and a desire to be a positive change in society. Being able to contribute to the bursaries is something incredibly powerful for students who may not come from such a financially or economically privileged background. The contribution does have the potential to change someone’s life.”

Trainee Investment Analyst, Legal & General

“I started in Year 7 as a fee paying boarder, then at the end of Year 8 my parents got a divorce which led to my mum not being able to afford school fees. The moment when I realised that I’d be able to stay I do remember a massive, massive, massive feeling of relief. I remember the Master telling me that he doesn’t want me to feel like I’m any less of a Dulwich boy just because I’m on a bursary. The teachers at Dulwich gave me a foundation of confidence. It definitely expanded my horizons. It made me think more things were achievable and within my reach than I may otherwise have thought. I think Dulwich definitely gives you a brilliant foundation for being able to be well-liked amongst a diverse set of people. Giving us exposure to people from a whole host of backgrounds makes Dulwich boys a lot more empathetic; it makes us a lot more able to hold conversations with people and not look down on people and not be patronising.”

Clive Whitbourn OA 1957 – 1964

Director, DRD Power

How you can help.

“I came to Dulwich in 1957 as part of the Dulwich Experiment. My father had died from his war disability when I was two and my mother struggled to make ends meet. Success was something that happened to other people, not to us. At the start of my third year, I found myself in Science 3B. To my surprise, at the end of the Michaelmas term I was top of the form. So success could happen to me. After that I worked much harder and the next year found myself in 4A, the A stream. I wanted to be top again. I never achieved that goal, but the brilliant Dulwich education helped me to excellent A Level grades and a place at Cambridge University at the age of 16. There is no doubt that Dulwich taught me self-discipline and self-confidence, for which I am eternally grateful. Over 50 years after graduating fromCambridge, I am still doing consultancy work and loving it. I know that none of this would have happened if I had not gone to Dulwich. I feel proud to be able to leave a legacy for bursaries to the College in my will and to contribute towards giving more boys access to

Dulwich College is committed to increasing our bursary provision to ensure that more talented boys have access to a Dulwich education for years to come. This can only be achieved with the generous support of our whole community, including current and former parents, Old Alleynians, pupils, staff and friends, and everyone who believes that all young people should have the opportunity to benefit from an education that will shape their future, regardless of their financial means. By making a gift to the Bursary Appeal Fund, you do something amazing. There are a number of ways in which you can support our ambition to make a change. Make a donation to the Bursary Appeal Fund, spread the word, fund a full bursary place for a pupil, host an event or leave a lasting legacy in your will.

To find out more about how you can get involved, please contact the Development Office: +44 (0)20 8299 5335 development@dulwich.org.uk We hope you will join us in unlocking potential and transforming more young lives. Dulwich.org.uk/donatenow


the same opportunities and inspiration that I received.”

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