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 five years, donors to this appeal have raised over £600,000 and supported four senior school bursary places. It is hoped that, in the future, as the boys meet up for reunions and Old Pauline events, together they will continue to add to their fund.

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

This amounts to an outstanding £632,895 over the last six years. We are very grateful to all the Upper Eighth parents who have supported the bursary appeal and have collectively gifted four boys their education at St Paul’s School, thank you.

2020 Leavers

In Professor Bailey’s last year, we hope that the 2020 bursary appeal will be our most successful yet. We are also working with current Upper Eighth parents to initiate a scheme whereby each of the leaving boys would be encouraged 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, leaving their own 2020 leaving legacy. More information on this initiative will follow in due course.

Leavers’ Bench

It is important to say, however, that regardless of whether this is a fund that leaving parents wish to donate to, in 2018 we instigated a tradition of gifting the boys their leavers’ bench, which is inscribed with every years leaver’s name, to ensure their time at St Paul’s and contribution to school life is celebrated. It is a small way of showing our gratitude to them and their parents for all they have done to help this special school continue to go from strength to strength.

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.