Forest school is also launching a Founders’ Day Bursary specifically for children in care or with experience of the care system and we are working with partners in social services and the local education authorities to ensure that the most appropriate children access the fund, ensuring Forest for All. These children would be identified by their primary schools, the local virtual headteachers and/or social services, as pupils who would cope intellectually at Forest, but for whom the opportunity would not present itself through other means.
Currently there are very few students who receive full bursary provision, and we want to increase that number. We do not have an endowment as a school and currently scholarships and bursaries are funded through our normal income. We would like to change that to create a fund which pays for children truly in need to attend.
It will be a 100% plus bursary, covering not only the fees but also the uniform, device, trips and peripatetic lessons as appropriate for the student.
In a world where the shift to the right is palpable we need to be reactionary and create opportunities for the most deprived. As a school we are well funded for counselling and support and pride ourselves on our high quality pastoral care. We feel well placed to offer a child in these circumstances the care they need through the gold standard academic education we offer combined with the emotional and pastoral support they need.
Pupil involvement is central to all this and we want to use this opportunity to encourage pupils to think beyond themselves. We have created a student Founders’ Day Committee to start this conversation with our school community and to begin the fundraising at our grassroots. We think that this will encourage a conversation about social mobility.
If you would like to support our Founders’ Day Bursary please find out how you can help.