Bursaries and hardship grants remain the mission for fundraising at MCS.

 

We’ll be forever grateful to the school for their support. When so much in our lives was unstable, it was deeply reassuring to know that the school was there for our sons and for us as a family.

Louise Gordon, former parent

Raising funds for bursaries and hardship is the focus of our current Conveniamus campaign, running from July through September 2020.

Through gifts to bursaries, the school is able to protect its direct grant ethos and the school’s founding ideals. That our pupils come from a range of backgrounds and societal parts will remain fundamentally important to MCS.

Of course, the current pandemic also poses immediate challenges for our current and future families.  Donors have also had an enormous impact here in raising Hardship funds those temporarily but profoundly impacted by implications of the virus.

 

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Bursary recipients share their stories:

Old Waynflete and bursary recipient
Becca Brooks OW 2012

An LSE graduate, Becca is now a teacher in West London, citing the stellar teaching at MCS as the motivation for her vocation as a teacher. Becca joined MCS in 2010 as part of the first co-educational 6th form cohort, and received £10,000 each year of her studies at MCS in bursaries.

 

“I left MCS in 2012 to study Government with History at LSE. I can’t imagine that I would have chosen this degree if it hadn’t been for the amazing Politics A Level teaching at MCS- Politics wasn’t a subject on offer at my previous school- and I certainly wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply to LSE without this focused education. In 2017, I started on the TeachFirst scheme, and in 2019 took up a position at Ravenscourt Park Preparatory school, where I’ve since been promoted to Head of History.

I gained so much from my time at MCS. Firstly, my confidence grew so much because of my time at MCS. Through being encouraged to challenge my view points and to think critically, I gained the confidence to apply to LSE.

Secondly, it was the teaching at MCS that inspired me to train as a teacher through TeachFirst. The education I had received at MCS had been life-changing, and I felt that the TeachFirst scheme, which pivots around the belief that education must be open to all, was a way to give back. When I was at MCS I was so inspired by the love and dedication the teachers had for their subjects. This enthusiasm was a source of inspiration and motivation for us students to achieve. As a teacher, I want to inspire children in the way that I was inspired at MCS, and I want to pass on that infectious love of learning to others.

Finally, this confidence, and the drive and determination that I gained at MCS, have meant that I now won’t let social barriers stop me from doing something. This means that I am now more confident when it comes to applying for jobs and promotions.”

 

Old Waynflete, bursary recipient and bursary donor
Bramwell Blower OW 2013

Having left university early, Bramwell spent several years travelling and working in education before a career in the civil service.

 

“I started receiving bursarial support while studying for my GCSEs, and without that generosity I simply wouldn’t have been able to stay on through Sixth Form. All other things being well, if you’re bright and work hard you can get good grades at almost any school – but to enjoy such a breadth of extra-curricular opportunities, and in such a stimulating environment, you have to go somewhere like MCS.

 

I am increasingly aware that being an OW means a whole lot more than having a certain number of ‘A*’ or the name of a prestigious school on your CV. It’s about having quiet self-confidence, ambition to succeed, curiosity to learn… skills, experience and an attitude which I have found invaluable in every environment from wilderness to Whitehall. In short, attending MCS is a huge head-start in the adult world, whatever path you take. But I am also increasingly aware that it is an exceptional experience available only to a privileged few. Boosting bursaries is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that all able children, from any and every background, can share the same opportunities – whatever their means.”

Ronak Jain OW 2013
Matthew Colbrook OW 2012
Tom Bridge OW 1999
Neil Record OW 1971, Donor to MCS
Leo Goldschmidt OW 1950, Donor to MCS