Rhubarb 2020

ST EDWARD’S r h u b a r b


Eight families remained part of our St Edward’s community, thanks to those of you who responded so positively to the Bursary Funding letter that the Chairman and President wrote over the summer. SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY

A ll of us have been touched in some way or another by the ramifications of Covid-19 but we didn’t want this to adversely affect pupils who are already embedded at the School and making the most of their Teddies Education. Those eight families have received short-term hardship funds pertinent to their individual financial situation to enable their children to remain in a stable and supportive environment whilst their home lives are in varying degrees of turmoil. They have all asked me to pass on their very great thanks. This situation has raised the importance of bursarial support in many schools and in particular at Teddies, with a new

Bursary Committee now established and new commitment from the Governors to actively promote, support and encourage increasing our Bursary provision and community service support through the new Beyond Teddies Team. Last year, 19% of our pupil cohort received some level of bursarial funding process) and, over the coming years, the vision is to see that number grow. This is no mean feat as we are a growing school, this year welcoming a record number of 731 students. The different levels of fee remission reflect the growing breadth of our pupil population and the varied professions in which our parents , many of whom are OSE, are involved. We don’t want to be a school for those with and those without, and so we are keen to nuance the level of support through means-testing to all families who need it at a variety of levels. As you will know, great education doesn’t just happen in the classroom but also in the boarding houses, on the playing fields, in the dance studio and within the orchestra, amidst the social interactions of our pupils. To make sure our student cohort increasingly represents the world which we are preparing them to enter, we are now asking for your help. (from 25% to 110% fee remission following a rigorous means-testing

You might like to: • Join the Warden’s Circle by donating minimum £5,000 + gift aid annually. • Join regular supporters who are donating smaller monthly, quarterly or annual amounts at whatever level you can. St Edward’s School in your Will and becoming a member of the Simeon Society. • Donate a gift of shares. • Join our new Bursary Advisory Group that helps develop Bursary strategy, recruitment, advocacy and funding. If you would like to discuss anything raised above or to learn more, please do call or email Rachael Henshilwood on 01865 319205 or email henshilwoodr@stedwardsoxford.org . • Consider pledging a legacy to

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