I believe that St Swithun’s should offer girls the opportunity to develop their potential, whatever their means or backgrounds. By widening access, we not only provide benefits to the individuals themselves, but also to the school as a whole by providing a broader mix of cultures and backgrounds for all of our girls as they prepare for life beyond St Swithun’s.
St Swithun’s was founded to provide an education for girls that would not only rival anything on offer for their brothers, but one which was not exclusively for the daughters of the privileged few. Many Old Girls with whom I speak tell me how indebted they feel to St Swithun’s for giving them a tremendous start in life. Many parents confirm that the inclusiveness of the school remains an important factor for them in choosing St Swithun’s.
Since the launch of the Bramston Bursary Fund in 2009 67 girls have benefitted from means-tested support and thirteen girls are currently in receipt of full bursaries. On their behalf I would like to thank all those who have generously supported the fund. It is my intention to continue to increase the number of Bramston bursaries that can transform lives and I hope that parents, former pupils and friends of the school will consider joining us in this endeavour.