Opening Doors for 475 years
The King’s School Worcester has always sought to be socially inclusive. Throughout its history, the school has opened its doors to children from all backgrounds and somehow found the means to provide funding where needed.
In the 20th century, up to 1997, nearly one-third of King’s pupils were supported via government funding, under the Direct Grant or Assisted Places schemes. Once these schemes ended, King’s continued to provide means-tested, fee assistance to pupils. Donations to the Development Trust have enabled the school to keep its doors open to talented children regardless of their financial backgrounds, albeit at a lower level than during the period of government funding.
Our ‘Open the Door’ Bursary Campaign is looking to increase the number of places funded by donations to the Trust, to forty in perpetuity. This meets the founding principles of The King’s School when, in 1541, Henry VIII re-founded the school to provide education to “forty boys, poor and destitute of the help of friends, of native genius…and apt to learn”.
The means to provide for the forty free places in perpetuity is by building up our Enduring Bursary Fund, which will fund future bursaries out of income/interest whilst keeping the original capital invested secure. We also fund current school bursaries from donations to our Fellowship Fund.
Our target is to grow the fund for bursaries to £5million by 2025 and, by King’s 500th anniversary in 2041, to have a total fund of £18million. We cannot do this alone and our goal can only be achieved through the collective, generous support of you, the family of King’s.
We believe that a child’s success in life should not be limited by their background but should be determined by hard work and ability. King’s bursaries change lives and provide opportunities for talented, hard-working children to realise their potential, regardless of their financial situations.