Ensuring that talented and academically gifted girls from all backgrounds have access to an education at Wimbledon High School is integral to the school’s vision and ethos.
We want to offer the brightest girls in the borough of Merton, and further afield in South and West London, the chance of an education at Wimbledon High School, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay school fees.
The Direct Grant system enabled us to do so in the 30 years following WW2, and this legacy remains at the heart of our aspirations, underpinning our campaign to offer full bursaries to as many academically able girls as possible.
"My time at Wimbledon High was life changing. Coming from a single parent home on a council estate, the opportunities I had for a high quality education were extremely limited, and I was very fortunate to be offered a fully funded place at Wimbledon High. What I learnt during my time at school however surpassed standard academia: I discovered the value of ambition and determination, of networking and hard work, and the strength that I had in myself to achieve. I credit my current position in life - an LSE masters graduate and future management consultant with KPMG, down to the lessons I learnt at Wimbledon High. My time at school opened doors for me that would have been extremely difficult to do otherwise, and I will always be thankful to the Bursary Fund for its invaluable help."
We plan to do this by building up a Bursary Endowment Fund which will allow us to carry on giving bursaries into the foreseeable future.
In 2015, to mark our 135th Birthday we have launched the 135 for 135 Appeal with the goal of raising £135,000 for our Bursary Endowment Fund. Further details can be found by downloading our appeal leaflet.