Benenden School has launched a bursary and partnerships campaign that aims to triple the number of bursaries it offers by the end of 2024.
The Kent boarding school held a reception in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal in London this month to discuss the impact of bursaries. HRH The Princess Royal is a former pupil, as well as president of the Benenden Society and patron of The Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation.
The event was hosted by Elizabeth Fairweather, a Benenden bursary recipient who left the school in 2020 to study medicine, while the keynote was given by Ali Henderson, chief executive at the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation.
“We were honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to the launch of our Be the Change campaign,” said Benenden headmistress, Samantha Price. “At Benenden we have always been proud of our commitment to bursaries and partnerships – and we are determined to do even more.”
Guests enjoyed the premiere screening of the Be the Change campaign video
The first phase of the campaign seeks to triple the number of fully funded bursary places by the end of the school’s centenary year in 2023-24. Currently standing at eight, the aim is to have 24 bursary funded students in the school at any given time.
These bursaries are fully means-tested, which means they benefit students who would not otherwise be able to afford a private education. Benenden awards up to 110% of fees, with the additional funds covering uniforms, trips and other expenses.
Price continued: “We know that these issues are close to the hearts of our incredibly supportive community of parents, seniors and friends, and that together we will be able to make our Be the Change campaign an enormous success, which will benefit generations of young people at Benenden, pupils in our partner schools, our local community across the south-east and our society as a whole.”
The school will need to raise £5m over the next few years to achieve its target. Last year Price said opening schools in China will help to generate more revenue for UK bursaries.