Leavers’ Bursary Appeal

The tradition of the St Paul’s School Leavers’ Bursary Appeal in its current form was instigated in 2014 by a group of Upper Eighth parents who wanted to celebrate and mark their sons’ time at the school.

Their aim was to gift the opportunity of a Pauline education to a child that had both the academic ability and attitude to benefit, but not the financial means. Over the last seven years, donors to this appeal have raised over £900,000 and supported six senior school 100% funded bursary places. It is hoped that, in the future, as the boys meet up for reunions and Old Pauline events, together they will continue their families support of this appeal.

2023 Leavers

The 2023 Leavers’ Bursary Appeal is particularly significant for our community, with the backdrop of the cost of living crisis and as we see an unprecedented increase in applications for bursary places. The funds from this year’s appeal will be directed to supporting a boy who, despite being awarded a place at St Paul’s, lacks the financial means to accept that place.

If all of our current Upper Eighth parents were to gift their registration deposits, it would raise enough funds to give one able boy a Pauline education.

We traditionally work with the Upper Eighth Thomas Gresham Committee to initiate a scheme whereby each of the leaving pupils is encouraged by their peers to sign up to become a member of the 1509 Society, supporting bursaries at St Paul’s by making a regular monthly donation of £1.59. We are delighted that a number of boys choose to support fellow Paulines and we hope that the leaving Upper Eighth of 2023 will themselves embrace this scheme.

The leavers’ bursary funds currently stand at:
2014 Leavers – £ 38,601
2015 Leavers – £ 89,935
2016 Leavers – £ 99,652
2017 Leavers – £101,515
2018 Leavers – £163,852
2019 Leavers – £139,340
2020 Leavers – £286,114
2021 Leavers – £59,491
2022 Leavers – £75,719.98

This amounts to an outstanding £1,054,219.98 over the last eight years. We are very grateful to all the Upper Eighth parents who have supported the bursary appeal and have collectively gifted six boys their education at St Paul’s School, thank you.


I am profoundly grateful for the exceptional opportunity of a bursary at St Paul’s and look forward to being able to repay this gift back to society for many years to come.
St Paul’s School Bursary student, University of Cambridge.