Project information

Sedbergh School Roger Lupton Scholarships

Sedbergh School provides an outstanding education providing a unique opportunity for youngsters to discover and develop their talents. This project will make this opportunity available to two children from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise be able to consider a Sedbergh education.

September 2015 - July 2020

Charity information: The Sedbergh School Foundation

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  • Need


    Many youngsters today are unable to realise their full potential through lack of opportunity to both discover and develop their talents. The education provided at Sedbergh School is acknowledged to deliver on both fronts but, for financial reasons, is not available to those most likely to benefit from it - in particular those living in the relatively deprived areas of the northern cities. We are working with charities to provide these life changing opportunities.


    Over the last three years since the project was started we have been able to fund scholarships for 7 young people at the school. The ambition is to create two more places each September for new Roger Lupton scholars. Additional pastoral support will be provided to the individual and family as required throughout the scholarship period. After leaving School the pupils will benefit from the support of the extended Sedbergh School community for social and career networking.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide an education at Sedbergh for two young people from disadvantaged backgrounds each year.


    » Work with partners to identify up to three young people each from relatively deprived areas/backgrounds who might benefit from a Sedbergh education
    » Support the young people and their families before arriving, once enrolled, on arrival, through the term, during the vacations and after they leave
    » Generate funding to cover 100 % of the cost of the scholarships and any additional costs such as uniform, trips, books, travel, etc.

    Success will be demonstrated through the successful identification of 2 appropriate recipients of the scholarship by September 2015

    Aim 2

    To generate financial support for the cost of 2 more full scholarships


    » Promote this message through literature, distributed to around 6,000 supporters of the School, including parents, former parents, Friends and alumni.
    » Promote this message on the School website and at key School events, through mailings, email, newsletters and text.
    » Approach other possible sources of funding eg charitable trusts and the Springboard Bursary Fund
    » Organise one to one meetings with key donors as well as fundraising events/activities and promote the concept of establishing an endowment.

    Success will be demonstrated by generating financial support for scholarships for 2 years by the end of 2015 (£ 300,000)

    Aim 3

    To increase awareness of the benefit of scholarships and bursaries to the whole School community


    » Identify past and current recipients and use them as advocates and ambassadors for the project.
    » Request testimonials from past recipients which can be used in the promotional materials
    » Request regular updates on experience and achievement of current recipients and establish the Roger Lupton Scholars alumni group.
    » Publish findings on the School website, in literature and at key events

    Success will be demonstrated by having included reference in speeches at Speech day (1/year), the legacy society lunches (2/year) and other key events (minimum 4/year) by July 2015

    Aim 4

    To increase awareness of the benefit of scholarships and bursaries to potential partners/recipients


    » Identify potential partner organisations
    » Through the partner organisations, identify potential recipients
    » Organise one to one meetings with partner organisations
    » Organise one to one meetings involving School, partner organisation and potential recipient

    By developing the relationship with our potential partner organisation (Springboard Bursary Fund) by July 2015 to ensure a minimum of two young people are identified each year.

    Aim 5

    To create an endowment fund to maintain the scholarships in perpetuity


    » Distribute appeal literature to supporters of the School
    » Promote the appeal at key events
    » Encourage supporters to consider leaving a gift in their will to the endowment.
    » Promote the concept of share giving to the endowment as a tax efficient way of supporting the scheme.

    Success will be demonstrated by having established the endowment fund with donations increasing by £50,000 each year.

  • Impact


    The project will create a life changing opportunity for the scholarship recipients with life long effects. Initially success will be demonstrated through the range of activities pursued by the recipients and their levels of achievement. The longer term success of this project will be illustrated once the individuals move on from School to University and/or a career. The benefits are truly long term and enduring and serve not only to benefit the individual but the wider community too


    The principal risk is that of not raising sufficient funds to pay for all the scholarships. To mitigate this, the School will guarantee the conclusion of the education of any individual accepted on to the scheme. Other risks include not being able to identify appropriate recipients and not providing the correct support for them and their families before, during and after their Sedbergh education. The support of Sprinboard Bursary fund will help minimise any risk.


    Donors will receive a regular report on the progress of the recipients on an annual basis in the Foundation Annual report. They will also have the opportunity to meet some of the pupils at key School events if appropriate for them to be identified.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £300,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150,000 Scholarship Scholarship for 1 pupil for 5 years
      £150,000 Scholarship Scholarship for 1 pupil for 5 years

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Sedbergh School Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Roger Lupton Scholarships are offered for education at Sedbergh School, Sedbergh, Cumbria


    Not only will the recipients benefit but their presence will enrich the experience of all Sedbergh School pupils during the 5 year period. Scholarship pupils will enrich the academic, sporting, artistic and musical life of the School and will widen the social awareness and education of pupils and staff alike.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sedbergh School offers a unique educational experience at one of the few remaining full boarding schools in the UK . The House system and size create a true family atmosphere and ensure that every pupil is treated as an individual and given any pastoral support required. Sport, music and drama are of the highest quality and the location of the School provides access to opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Academic achievements rank alongside those of more selective independent schools.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    All Sedbergh School Staff

    To prepare the scholarship recipients, manage their Sedbergh experience - pastoral, academic, music, sporting - and maintain links beyond school

    Third Sector Partners

    To provide the support for the pupils and families in their local communities and home environment to ensure they are not overawed by the process.

    Springboard Bursary Fund

    To identify the young people most likely to benefit and supporting them/their families/communities during and after their education at Sedbergh

    Rev Chris Griffin

    The coordinator for the Springboard partnership to support the Roger Lupton pupils.