MCS would like to express its gratitude to generous OW and benefactor Leo Goldschmidt, who has supported bursaries at MCS for many years. His generosity allows MCS to have two endowed bursaries, one general bursary and now a Sixth Form bursary.
Leo came to MCS as a refugee from war-torn Europe. He and his family escaped from Brussels when the Nazi occupation began in May 1940. He and his family escaped to Britain in a convoy that saw the ship ahead of them sunk with the loss of all hands and they were in London during the Blitz of August 1940. A school teacher recognised his abilities and Leo was supported by the British Council to attend MCS, where he boarded from September 1942 through to the end of the war. He returned to Brussels with his family after the war where he still lives. Leo has pursued a successful career in finance, married Anne-Marie and they have four children and 11 grandchildren.
Leo has always expressed his immense gratitude to the UK and to MCS. In his book of memoirs, he writes: “My mother realised – much more than I did – what an incredible privilege it was for a refugee family to envisage sending one of its children to such a place.”
Chairman of Governors, Tim Edwards, commented, “We are very grateful to Leo for his generous gift. It will enable some students for whom it might not otherwise have been possible, to experience the considerable benefits of a Magdalen College School education. It is part of the character of MCS to challenge and develop very able students. Endowments ensure that there will be bursaries available for those students in the future, and safeguard their education against the vagaries of the economy.”