Message from the Dean of Winchester

"Social diversity, social mobility and philanthropy are not modern phenomena. Indeed St Swithun’s School owes its very existence to the vision of the daughter of one of my predecessors, Anna Bramston. Anna exemplified the very essence of philanthropy and she worked tirelessly to raise funds for the school in the late nineteenth century. She was determined that girls should have an education to match that on offer for boys, in addition to enabling girls of differing backgrounds to study side by side. St Swithun's provides now, as it did at its conception, a happy, safe and supportive community based on Christian values in which all girls are given the space to develop their spirituality and are encouraged to understand and celebrate difference.

Both as the Dean of Winchester and an ex officio governor of St Swithun’s School, I am a proud advocate of the Bramston Bursary Fund – in today’s modern world, this bursary fund is an inspirational example of promoting social diversity and social mobility, and I appeal to your philanthropic nature to support the Bramston Bursary Fund too".

The Very Reverend James Atwell BD MA