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Project information

Forest School Bursary Fund

Forest School has funded scholarships and bursaries since the 1990s and is determined to continue making a first class education available to able pupils whose parents could not otherwise afford the fees. We wish to augment our Bursary Fund by attracting charitable donations from the wider community

5 years

Charity information: Forest School, Essex

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  • Need


    Forest School is committed to attracting the ablest and most talented pupils to join an environment where they will be challenged and stretched, and to which they can make an exciting contribution. We are also committed to ensuring that able and talented children have access to this environment even when parental income is not sufficient to pay the full cost of tuition fees.


    Scholarships and Bursaries are available by competitive process for entry at 11+ and 16+, as follows. The maximum non-means-tested fee remission awarded in respect of any one pupil is 50% of full fees, whether in one area of excellence or in a combination of one or more areas of excellence. Bursaries are means-tested and are awarded in addition to Scholarship, up to and including the total remission of fees.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We aim to increase substantially the number of bursarial awards on offer for entry at 11+ and 16+.


    » We wish to attract major sponsors from the wider Forest community, local and national businesses and trusts and institutions.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the increased number of bursary award pupils joining us at 11+ and 16+ from families with no previous tradition of independent education.

  • Impact


    The project will plug the funding gap left by the abolition of the Government Assisted Places Scheme. It will ensure that the rich social mix and values and ideals of the School are maintained and the great all-round potential of our pupils is fully developed. We will continue to work closely with local schools to increase awareness of our bursary scheme so that no gifted or talented child is denied access to the school because of a family's inability to pay full fees.


    Our scope to offer more awards is restricted by the fact that the School's trust funds are very limited. We currently invest around 10% of income into our Scholarship and Bursary Scheme. At any one time around 20% of pupils benefit from some level of scholarship or bursary support. It costs approximately £100,000 to fund each pupil through the Senior School and £24,000 for a Sixth Form place. We have forged strong links with local business and trusts who fund several Sixth Form places each year.


    Major funders of this project can choose to receive a termly report on pupil progress and achievement and are invited to attend School events in which the pupil may be involved such as concerts, plays, debates, sporting fixtures etc. Sponsors are thanked regularly by pupils and staff at the School.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,400,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 bursaries equivalent of funding for up to 14 pupils
      £400,000 6th Form Bursaries equivalent of funding for up to 6 1 sixth form

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Mulalley and Co Ltd £14,000 Conditional
    Ogden Trust £14,000 Conditional
    Chartwells £7,000 Conditional
    other individual donors £7,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We benefit from a tremendous location in North East London: London but not London, a city school surrounded by ancient forest, safe but not secluded, and within a diverse, dynamic community. In the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Forest School is close to the Olympic Park site and also the wide open spaces of Epping Forest.


    One of Forest's strengths is its multicultural pupil profile. We welcome pupils from diverse backgrounds from the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Havering, Hackney, Islington and also from Essex. All bursarial awards are means tested which ensures that able and talented children have access to this environment even when parental income is not sufficient to pay the full cost of tuition fees. All pupils ultimately benefit from this rich social mix.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Forest has a tradition of academic excellence and most pupils exceed their potential at all levels. Over 90% of Sixth Formers go to university, many winning places on the most competitive courses such as Law or Medicine. In the last 4 years 43 out of 93 applicants to Oxbridge have been successful. This compares with a national average of around 20%. Pupils are expected to demonstrate competitiveness and co-operation and to embrace the endless opportunities for involvement and self-expression.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen MA

    Sarah Kerr-Dineen is a member of the teaching staff and has been Warden since September 2009.

    Mrs Susannah Coates BA

    Development Director since January 2006, responsible for securing additional revenue streams from major donors, trusts, local and national businesses.

    Mrs Diane Coombs BSc, MBA



£14000 would support one pupil at 11+ for a year.