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Trinity has always taken Archbishop John Whitgift’s instruction to “teach freely certain children of the Parish of Croydon of the poorer sort” particularly to heart and the School’s genuine mix of students continues to be one of its great strengths.
It may seem strange that a school supported by The Whitgift Foundation needs to ask for financial assistance. Each year Trinity receives some £1.6m from the Foundation, all of which is spent on bursaries. However, each year we receive applications from more than 75 prospective pupils who excel during our entry process and would thrive in this environment but who for financial reasons cannot attend.
We launched the Bursary Fund as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations to help address this on-going need. Three additional bursaries have already been offered as a direct result of this fundraising effort, enabling three more children “to be part of this amazing environment”, as a parent of a current bursary recipient commented.
There is something very personal about supporting a bursary and providing a talented young person with the opportunity to benefit from an outstanding education. It is an investment in potential. The amount you give and the time-frame for making your donation is entirely up to you. All donations, of whatever size, strengthen the School's long-term ability to provide financial support to deserving pupils.
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My mother brought me up on her own. I attended a local primary school, where most went on to gain few educational qualifications. Aged 11, I gained an assisted place at Trinity. There is no doubt that this was the single most important turning point in my life.
Although, it took time to adjust to my new environment, I achieved very good results and a place at Warwick University. For the past 13 years I've been a partner at PwC, the country's biggest professional services firm.
I benefited hugely from Trinity's wide range of extra-curricular activities. They built my confidence and self-belief, and also developed my social skills, character and resilience.
As a result of the education I received, I give something back by working with children at local schools to help foster their confidence and ambition. This is because I believe every child deserves the experience that Trinity gave me.
Mr Paul Cleal, Partner, PwC
I came to Trinity in 1983. Without assistance, my parents could not have afforded any form of public school education. I made friends for life, and received a great education in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. There really was - and still is - something for everyone.
I went to Balliol College, Oxford to read physics, and completed my PhD at Imperial College London. I then spent 17 years working on the Large Hadron Collider project at CERN. Simultaneously, I built up a business acquiring, managing and developing property.
The education I received allows me to feel confident speaking to the Master of an Oxford College or a site labourer. More importantly, it taught me to treat them equally.
Education should be needs-blind, where tuition is available on the basis of ability and potential, not the capacity to pay. That is why I am proud to give both my money and time in support of this campaign.
Dr Barry MacEvoy, Croydon
Put in the simplest of terms, receiving the bursary has been the best thing that has happened to us. I could make many such statements but the impact that Trinity has had on all our lives is monumental. I am a divorced mum of four boys with very little family support. My eldest son was having a difficult time at his state school but when he moved to Trinity, he became the boy I knew he was - his confidence grew, his attitude changed and he was challenged academically for the first time in his life.
My second son started last September. He burst into tears of joy when he found out he was going. I now have two of my sons with strong male role models at school who are challenged and guided by them. My boys have opened up to teachers at school and are continuing to grow into questioning and responsible young men.
Parent of bursary recipients
As a parent, when you start to really think about what is the best you can do for your children many answers will centre around a good education.
My boys were awarded sports scholarships, which were generous but on their own, not enough for us to afford Trinity. Their bursaries made the difference.
In addition, Trinity gave them their independence, fulfilling relationships, a broad range of interests, tolerance and understanding, prepared them for life in the wider community, and the environment in which to achieve. As a result, both achieved 5 "A's" at AS level, and both have played football for England.
It is this "complete" education, this honourable and desirable ethos, which reflects the diversity in our community, which in turn develops the individual and enriches our community. Trinity's bursary programme provides this diversity, and gives able young people, from all backgrounds, the opportunity to be part of this amazing environment.
What greater gift could we give to our children?
Mr Guy Thompson, Parent
I wouldn't have gone to Trinity if it had not been for my bursary. I did apply for other private schools in Croydon but there was no way I could ever have gone there because of the fees. Trinity helped so much with my education and getting to Oxford. Originally my parents were against me going. It wasn't until my Dad realised that the bursary was such a help that he actually turned his views around completely from saying absolutely no to a definite yes.
A graduate from our class of 2014