Impact on previous bursary recipients

Message from a former pupil and bursary recipient from the 1980s.  She now holds a senior appointment in a top FTSE 250 listed group and is a major donor:

“I spent seven very happy years at St Swithun’s thanks to the generosity of others.  The school provided me with a safe and supportive environment in which to identify and fulfil my full potential.   By the time I left I was well prepared for life beyond school, ready to seize opportunities and to embrace life’s challenges with a sense of humour.  I am proud to be able to support the Bramston Bursary Fund so that others benefit from a St Swithun’s education.   It was life-changing for me.”

Message from a former pupil and bursary recipient from the 1990s.  She is now a curator at a national art gallery:

“'I came to St Swithun's for the sixth-form on a bursary.  St Swithun's was a genuine revelation to me, socially and educationally.  It was such a relief to me to be in an environment where academic ambition was part of the culture of the school, and embraced by the students.  That is not to say that it I felt under undue pressure.  The teachers were all enthusiastic and encouraging, and the small classes meant every student had a voice and space to develop - I still recall discussions we had in English Literature and essays I wrote.  As a new girl, I felt immediately accepted by my peers, and was never conscious that I was in receipt of a bursary.  Indeed, I felt that difference was valued.  Some of my best friends were made during my two years at St. Swithun's, and they never minded that my background was different to theirs.  I studied history of art for A-level, a subject that wasn't on my previous school's curriculum.  Consequently, I am now a curator at a national art gallery - I don't think I would be if it wasn't for my time at St Swithun's.”