As part of its plans to celebrate 150 years since opening its doors, Guernsey’s Ladies’ College is establishing a bursary scheme, which will be open to students applying to join the school either in Year 7 or the Sixth Form from September 2023.
The College’s fundraising activities for its 150th anniversary celebrations will focus on bursaries to support access to the school. Through ongoing fundraising initiatives, The Ladies’ College will use the scheme to offer a number of students a percentage of funds towards their fees, depending on individual needs.
Daniele Harford-Fox, Principal of The Ladies’ College said: “I am delighted that the Governors have decided that our fundraising efforts will be used for bursaries.
“Our doors have always been open to young women from a variety of backgrounds, which has contributed to the richness of our culture and the diversity of perspectives and voices. On this important anniversary for the College, it seems fitting that we do even more to open access, whilst maintaining the legacy of our pioneering founders. ”
For Daniele this mission is also personal: “When I was a teenager, I was given a bursary to a small girls’ school near Brighton, and it changed my life. The all-girls environment, with talented and committed teachers, had a profound effect on me, allowing me to become the first person in my family to get a degree. I think in our rapidly changing world, it is increasingly important to create space for more young women to develop skills and become independent, creative and dynamic young people.
“I am really committed to giving back and allowing others to have access to some of these opportunities and am thus proud to be one of the first people to sign up as a donor to our bursary fund.”
The 150th anniversary has given the College its first opportunity to offer a bursary scheme.
Daniele continued: “One of the things that makes our school so special is the diversity and individuality of our students. We are a chocolate box of flavours, and our differences make us strong. With the loss of the special places scheme and the fast-changing educational landscape, it is more important than ever that we find ways to open up access to more girls and our hope is that the bursary fund will offer support to some of our island’s families.”
For those who would like to know more about the bursary scheme, please contact The Ladies’ College Admissions Registrar.