Bursaries book to help school leaders raise money

There has been “political pressure” to take more pupils on bursaries, says Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) has released a book called ‘Transforming young lives: Fundraising for bursaries’ by John Claughton, which has been written to help independent school leaders raise more money for bursaries.

Claughton taught classics at Eton College for 17 years, was headmaster of Solihull School from 2001 to 2005 and chief master of King Edward’s School from 2006 to 2016. He was educated under the Direct Grant scheme.

In the book, Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC, said: “All independent school leaders want to take pupils from a wide range of backgrounds. In the experience of most, this leads to a happier and more interesting school. There has, particularly in recent years, been political pressure to take more pupils on bursaries. But the problem is generating the significant sums required to fund this provision.”

There has, particularly in recent years, been political pressure to take more pupils on bursaries. But the problem is generating the significant sums required to fund this provision

“In the absence of government backing for bursaries, schools need to be clear about fundraising – the opportunities available to them, what approach is best suited to their individual circumstances and ways of working they may be able to replicate.

“The conversations documented in this publication are mainly about larger schools. However, the methods used by these schools to raise money are relevant, at a smaller scale, to all independent schools.”

Claughton explained what school leaders can expect from the book: “It is made out of conversations I have had with a wide range of people at a number of independent schools and some overarching institutions, such as Royal SpringBoard and the Girls’ Day School Trust, about their experiences in this area.

“And some of these conversations are about how to raise money, some about how to spend it, some about how to find bursary applicants, some about how to look after them and one or two about how to measure the impact of a bursary scheme.”


The book is available at www.isc.co.uk/media-enquiries/publications/

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