Widening access to pupils from all backgrounds is of central importance, and The Ashford School Foundation is committed to expanding the School’s bursary scheme so that more students may benefit from a life-changing Ashford School education, irrespective of family circumstances.
The Ashford School Foundation currently awards means-tested bursaries to support high-ability students to join the Senior School, as well as emergency bursaries for families facing unexpected hardships. These bursaries vary in value dependent on the family’s individual circumstances, and are specifically designed to give students from families with limited means a transformational journey, leading them to a successful life and career.
There are currently 11 students at the Senior School being supported by a bursary from the Ashford School Foundation.
Every donation helps us to provide life-changing opportunities to pupils who could not otherwise benefit from an Ashford School education. If you share our vision and passion for education, and would like to give to our bursary fund, please visit our Support Us page.
If you are interested in leaving a gift for the Bursary Fund in your will, please visit our Lilian Brake Legacy Society page.
Nicholas Smelt (Deputy School Captain, Yeoman, 2015)
As I come to the end of my University years, I realise the indelible impression my Ashford School education has left on me. The School gave me a warm, yet intellectually challenging, environment in which to grow and impressed upon me the importance of striving to achieve all you can in every aspect of life.
I have tried to do just that during my years at St Andrews through my curricular learning, but also by volunteering as a tennis coach in Zambia and becoming the Chair of Scottish Student Tennis.
As I embark on my new career, I am very aware of the strong foundation for life attending Ashford School gave me, whilst also instilling the belief that with desire and passion anything is possible. I look back fondly on my memories of school and will always be grateful for the wonderful opportunity to have been an Ashford School pupil.
Current Parents – Mr & Mrs Beckett
The opportunities and exposure that Ashford School have provided Yoris during the past 6 years have been a tremendous benefit to his personality and wellbeing. As a young, developing man his ability to communicate with people his senior, stems from the confidence that Ashford School has instilled in him.
Current Parent Testimonial
My son had to go through a very difficult time when his parents began to separate when he was just 6 years old. During the separation, a significant amount of parental conflict began to turn the separation in to an ordeal for him, so much so that it began to affect him at school.
He was 8 years old when he came to live with me, and it was clear that his academic performance and development was arrested. He was subjected to numerous interviews with social workers, received counselling and support throughout. He found it very hard to read, and his grasp of basic numeracy and literacy was not where it should have been. Even more concerning was a complete absence of confidence, resilience and self-esteem. He didn’t want to try anything new; he didn’t want to leave my side nor join in with any after school clubs.
It was a real worry. I therefore changed his primary school to give him a new start from everything – so he joined a new school in Year 4. This new school tried hard to help him as much as possible, and to a larger extent he did start to improve.
Then came the decision in Year 6 around which secondary school to apply to. I had given up work to support him full time, so he was going to go to a state secondary school which was local to where we lived. However, his Headteacher mentioned to me that “he would get lost” if he went there, and that I should think about sending him to Ashford School, and I should apply to the Bursary scheme to help us as we wouldn’t be able to afford the fees otherwise.
This was the moment that transformed my son’s life.
We took part in a taster day – which he loved, and he ‘on his own’ studied for the entrance exams – such was his desire to go to Ashford School. I hadn’t seen this in him for years.
We then got the news that we had been awarded a bursary, and that he would be going to Ashford School.
When he started in September 2019 – although he was excited – he would cry every morning as it was a completely new environment for him and he did not know anyone there. I was worried about how he would cope, and about how he would be at the residential at the end of the month (we had not had a night away from each other for 4 years!). But he was fine, and after those first few months, he started to settle in and relax.
He has grown in confidence; he has taken on new challenges and his reading has come on leaps and bounds. He is willing to try new things; he’s made some great friends and he even likes his sport now – which is singularly the most incredible thing!
Whilst he may be lacking in academic prowess for now; I believe all of this will follow in time – because he now has confidence in himself, and for me, that is the most important thing.
I cannot thank the Ashford School Bursary Scheme enough for what they have given my son. You had a frightened, anxious, nervous child and the school has given him back his confidence. He has slowly triumphed over adversity, and is growing in to a well behaved, articulate and curious boy.
I cannot put into words the difference Ashford School has had on him from when he started to how he is now. Don’t get me wrong there is still a long way to go – but what we have now, is what we didn’t have before – and that is hope for a better future.
To see the huge transformation and how far he has journeyed over the last 2 years has been the most wonderful of things to experience and is fills me with a huge sense of pride.
It is often said that children are born hostages to their parents’ hopes and fears; and with him I have always been so worried about how he would develop as he became older, and whether he would be able to surmount and overcome those inner fears.
But to see him now, and his willingness to embrace the upcoming adolescence which lies before him, with renewed confidence and character – I should not have worried.
Just saying ‘thank-you’ doesn’t feel enough really – but he would not have been able to achieve what he has without the dedication of your team and teaching staff at Ashford School, and the phenomenal opportunity that the bursary scheme has given us.
With my sincerest best wishes – thank you!