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The Francis Holland Bursary Fund

The Francis Holland Bursary Fund

A key component of our vision for Francis Holland Regent’s Park is our desire to provide access to the wonderful opportunities the School has to offer to children whose family circumstances might otherwise prevent them from attending.

We have historically been able to offer some level of fee remission to one or two bright applicants each year. However, our ability to extend this programme further has always been limited: by the Francis Holland Schools Trust’s modest surplus, by the absence of any endowment and by our need to ensure our teaching and facilities are the very best. 

There are a number of ways you can support our bursary programme, from sponsoring a bursary for a single student (please see below), to leaving a legacy, to supporting our bursary fund with a single or small regular gift . We warmly welcome gifts of all sizes and each one will bring us closer to funding another bursary for a girl who would otherwise be unable to benefit from this first class education. 

If you have any enquiries about supporting the Bursary Fund please contact Louise Richmond at the Development Office on 020 7824 5022 or via email development@fhst.org.uk

For information on criteria and applying for a bursary, please contact Mrs Sandy Bailey, Registrar on 020 7723 0176 or see our Bursary Admissions page.  

 

I don't think anyone was aware I was a bursary student when I was at Francis Holland so I wasn't treated differently by students or teachers. If they did know, I was still respected and did not ever feel different.

Former Bursary Student, Aged 21

 

The Current Bursary Programme

To enable us to extend this opportunity further we have developed a more comprehensive Bursary Programme which will allow us to support even more able and ambitious girls. The three strands to this programme are;

  • A Canon Holland Bursary, awarded at 11+, will provide a full subsidy of fees, plus incidentals, for seven years. This is our largest possible gift and requires a sum of £150,000.
  • A Lyall Holland Bursary, named in honour of our founder’s wife, will cover a girl during her two years in the Sixth Form and requires a sum of £45,000. This is a very significant donation.
  • Smaller donations will be placed together into the General Bursary Fund, which will provide additional bursary provision and could also offer short-term financial support to families of existing pupils. Donations of ANY amount will be welcomed in support of this goal.

We will rely on the generosity of the FHS community to help us develop this programme and increase the number of bursaries available in the future. 

Any gift, big or small, is warmly welcomed and 100% of each gift goes to providing additional bursarial support.

If you have any enquiries about supporting the Bursary Programme please contact Louise Richmond at the Development Office on 020 7824 5022 or via email development@fhst.org.uk

My time at Francis Holland has taught me a variety of skills as well as major life lessons.  I have been encouraged to have a good work ethic ever since I was eleven years old and to always aim high. Now I am older and I feel that being in the Sixth Form at Francis Holland is really helping me mature as a person through the wonderful education that it offers. I hope that others can have the chance that I have had. I have not wasted my chance and I won’t waste it. When I leave, I really want to make a difference.

Current FHS Bursary Student

 

Name A Bursary

All gifts made to the Francis Holland Regent’s Park bursary programme will make a huge difference to our ability to deliver our programme of support. Donations at this level can be pledged in instalments across a number of years.

To recognise significant gifts we are pleased to offer the following opportunities to name a bursary at FHS. 

  • For a gift of £150k we would name one of our Canon Holland Bursaries (Year 7 entry) in your honour for seven years. Each donor would also be recognised on a roll of honour board located within the School and in our Annual FHS Magazine. You will also receive anonymised reports on the pupil receiving your bursary twice a year. 
  • For a gift of £45k we would name one of our Lyall Bursaries (Year 12 entry) in your honour. Each donor would also be recognised on our online roll of honour board on the School website and in our Annual FHS Magazine. You will also receive anonymised reports on the pupil receiving your bursary twice a year.

I am extremely thankful to Francis Holland for the support I received. I would say to anyone considering supporting FHS financially to do so, as their assistance opens up a world of opportunities for young women. Francis Holland creates an environment where girls are able to flourish and grow as individuals, not solely academically but artistically too.  

Former FHS 6th Form Bursary Student (2006-2008)
  
For more information please contact Louise Richmond at the Development Office on 020 7824 5022 or via email development@fhst.org.uk. 

Donate To The Bursary Fund

Please click here to make a single online donation

Please click here to make a regular online donation

For more information or if you have any enquiries please contact Louise Richmond at the Development Office on 020 7824 5022 or via email development@fhst.org.uk. 

Additional Details

The Governors of the Francis Holland Schools have established a permanent Bursary Fund, to be called the Francis Holland Bursary Fund. The object of this fund is to assist girls from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds to benefit from an education at a Francis Holland school by offering support, normally as full or partial fee subsidies, for all or part of their time at the school. 

The Francis Holland Bursary Fund operates on essentially the same principles at the Regent’s Park and Sloane Square schools, always bearing in mind that awards of bursaries are at the discretion of the Head of each school and reflect their understanding of the needs of their pupils. Each school raises its own bursary funds and the funds are accounted for entirely separately, so that all donations are ring-fenced for the support of girls at the school of the donor’s choice.

The Francis Holland Bursary Fund gives support of three kinds:

  • A full fee bursary, awarded at 11+, provides a full subsidy of fees, plus incidentals/extras (such as trips, uniform, learning materials), for seven years. Bursaries are means-tested and awarded on academic performance. The cost is £150,000. These bursaries will be known as Canon Holland Bursaries.
  • A sixth form bursary provides a full subsidy of fees for the two years of the sixth form, on the same principles. The cost is £45,000.  
  • General financial support at the discretion of the Head of each school. Depending on the sums in the Fund at any time, this might consist of further full fee bursaries, or shorter-term support for families suffering hardship which threatens to make it impossible for girls to continue at the school. This support will normally be given as a fee subsidy for all or part of a year, but could also cover the cost of ad hoc incidental items needed by any particular girl (see above). Initially, the first £50,000 raised for this part of the fund by each school in any one year will be earmarked for shorter-term hardship support as needed.  If a surplus of £150,000 builds up over time, it may be used for full fee bursaries as well.

100% of each gift goes to providing bursarial support. It is Trust policy that girls should not be identified as being in receipt of bursaries during their time at the school. Therefore it may not be possible for a donor to have any contact with the pupil concerned, unless the girl suggests it. However all funders of a Canon Holland Bursary will receive an anonymised report at least once a year on the progress of the girl in question. 

Full fee bursaries

Those wishing to support a full fee or sixth form bursary may do so as individuals, or may group together to fund one (for example as a year group). Donations may be by one-off gift or as a series of annual contributions. All such donations will be ring-fenced within the Francis Holland Bursary Fund so that donors can be sure that their support will help one pupil for the duration of the award. If the pupil leaves the school before the termination of the award, then the bursary will be transferred to another girl for the remainder of the term.

As noted, the seven-year bursaries will be known by default as Canon Holland Bursaries. If donors wish to honour particular individuals or bodies connected with the school or themselves, they may propose prefixing that name to the award so that, if approved, the bursary might become, for example, the ‘Joyce Grenfell Holland Bursary’.  Sixth-form bursaries will initially be known by default as Lyall Holland Bursaries (to honour the founder’s wife) at Regent’s Park, and Grosvenor Bursaries at Sloane Square. Again, donors may, subject to school approval, get them renamed.

Separately from this Fund, the Trust has already successfully raised money for a single full fee bursary at Regent’s Park named for the recently retired head Vivienne Durham.

General bursary support

Donations for less than £45,000 will be placed in the non-ring-fenced part of the fund and will offer general bursary provision at the discretion of the Head of the school in question, as described above. Donations of any amount are welcomed in support of this goal. Donations raised specifically for bursaries as a result of other Francis Holland School Trust initiatives e.g. the Annual Fund, on-line auctions and designated school fundraising events, will also go into this part of the fund.

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