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Funding a Bright Future

Suzie Longstaff

Suzie Longstaff

Putney High School

London

Suzie Longstaff

Headmistress

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The cost of private schooling can range significantly across the UK but there is no doubt that wherever you live, for many the fees can simply be prohibitive. Fortunately, financial assistance is granted to thousands of families every year, scholarship and bursary programmes around the country allowing pupils from less affluent backgrounds to benefit from the exceptional teaching and levels of opportunity that exist within some of the country’s finest schools. For those lucky recipients, there is no doubt that the benefits can be life-changing.

 

It is always rewarding to hear the impact that a bursary can have on a pupil’s life, and let’s not forget the enormous advantages that these allowances can also bring to the schools that make this provision. Bursaries shape the dynamics within the schools themselves, fostering a culture of inclusion and broadening the horizons of all those that work and study there - better for everyone in so many ways.

 

We are proud to say that at Putney, there are many other similar success stories. Our bursary scheme, made possible through the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), enables us to provide life-changing financial support for girls of modest means, where necessary providing up to 100% of the fees and additional assistance to help pay for uniform and extras such as music lessons and international trips. These are so much more than just the ‘icing on the cake’; being able to take part in the enormous co-curricular offering within schools is for every pupil an essential part of fitting in – helping them to grab with both hands the opportunities that a first class education has to offer.

 

Education is not just about academic excellence. Life at school is a precious few years in which knowledge and experience are laid at your feet: the chance to try out new things, find your passion and flex your muscles in anything from a cappella to coding. There is a real spirit in the girls that walk through Putney’s doors, and when we see the bright spark and inquisitiveness that we know will thrive here, we will always do our utmost to help that child succeed. That is why we interview every girl who would like to join our school, and our testing is ‘means blind’, ensuring we offer sought-after places to all the brightest girls, regardless of their financial position.

 

Removing barriers to a fantastic education is fundamental to what we do. We want every girl to make her way in the world, equipped with the curiosity, confidence and love of learning that will help her to achieve her goals; we believe strongly that the ability to afford an education should never be an impediment to that. Only last year, one leaver and bursary recipient said the following:

 

“I have had a world-class education and partaken in life-changing trips. I have had the chance to be taught by passionate teachers and meet amazing people. I will always be grateful to the people who helped make this possible.”

 

Need we say more?

 

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