House Bursary Funds

Today’s challenge for the Governing Body is to build bursary resources in order to maintain and renew the Founder’s intention.

Bursaries will enable Winchester to:

  • Provide access to the best education available to boys of strong academic potential, whatever their financial background.
  • Attract excellent and committed pupils whose presence enhances the life of the School.
  • Ensure that the School does not become exclusively available only to wealthy families.
  • Ensure that the School remains a broad society.

Read more about the growth in bursaries over the last ten years here.

The strength and allegiance of the House system is an important aspect of life at Winchester. Every Housemaster wants his House to attract excellent and committed boys who will enhance the life of the community. Bursaries are helping to achieve this. 

This year’s focus is to build an endowment in support of bursaries for each House. There are currently 129 boys in receipt of bursarial support, to the value of £3.3million. 

The Bursary Funds are all managed centrally.  However, by establishing separate House Bursary Funds, any donations to this cause will relieve the central Bursary Fund.  All Houses will continue to receive assistance in supporting boys on bursaries, as in the past, but it is hoped that individual allegiance to a House will inspire even greater generosity. 

As stated on page 13 of the Wykeham Journal, Winchester is in the unfamiliar position of having to limit the bursary awards, as demand is growing quicker than our ability to meet it. At present the central Bursary Fund is far from sufficient to meet the demand, and so we have been topping it up from general funds. It is our hope that we can build on both the central Bursary Fund and build House Bursary Funds through this appeal to meet demand. 

The graph below shows how many bursary recipients are in each House, the value of the bursaries and the current value of each House Bursary Fund. As you will read there are some large differences!

If you would like to help your House to grow its endowment fund then you can donate online or alternatively other methods of giving can be viewed here.

Bursary Fund Graph 2017/2018

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