Pocklington School launches major new fundraising campaign for bursaries

Pocklington School held a virtual event recently to launch its new ‘Shape the Future’ campaign to raise money for bursaries.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 10:15 am
Headmaster Toby Seth, Sheena McNamee (external relations director) and Susan Kay (development officer) prepare to launch the Shape the Future campaign.

Attended by members of the school community including governors, life patrons and staff, the event focused on the ambitious aims of the campaign.

The launch featured presentations by the school’s headmaster Toby Seth and chair of governors Tim Stephenson.

The campaign is part of the school’s strategic education vision and its objective to ‘nurture a culture of giving back and increase accessibility to the school’.

The aim is to help more families who are unable to afford the full fees.

It follows on from another fundraising campaign, completed in 2018, which raised £2million to build a new Art and Design Technology Centre.

The ‘Shape the Future’ campaign seeks to raise £10 million for the John Dolman Trust endowment fund in 10 years to provide bursary places at the school in perpetuity.

The campaign also has a target of raising £50,000 every year for the Annual Bursary Fund, which is used for immediate need.

Bursaries are offered to students whose families cannot afford the full fees and are offered on a strictly means-tested basis.

Mr Stephenson said: “Like many Old Pocklingtonians, I benefitted in the 1970s from the direct grant system which paid my fees at the school.

“I went on to read Maths at Oxford and now enjoy a career in international finance, commodity risk management and sustainability.

“As chair of governors, and also a former parent, I can see clearly the enormous progress made by the School since I left.

“Many young people would greatly benefit from being at Pocklington School, and from whose presence the school as a whole would benefit.”

Mr Seth said: “Talent is spread evenly but opportunity is not.

“Our Shape the Future campaign seeks to give more young people the opportunity to access a life changing education at Pocklington School.

“At the same time, this will ensure the school remains an open and diverse community with equality of opportunity to all, an aim both our founder John Dolman and our most famous student William Wilberforce would surely heartily endorse.

“Our ambitious target is reflected in our determination to offer a flying start to all pupils who apply to Pocklington School. We have a tremendous community who recognise the impact attending Pocklington School has on young people and I look forward to working with them to help the next generation shape their own successful futures.”

The campaign will now be rolled out to the school’s community with information on the www.pocklingtonschool.com/shapethefuture website. To find out more about applying for a bursary go to bit.ly/38Bn6Ib or call 01759 321200.