Between March and September 2016 we raised funds in the name of 'The Richard Harman Foundation Award', to celebrate our former Headmaster’s time at Uppingham. This was the first phase of a new long-term strategy for Uppingham's bursary programme under the ‘1584 Fund’. We are delighted that parents and alumni together donated more than £670,000 in Richard Harman’s name. Their contributions are helping us to currently support eight pupils in the 6th form on significant bursaries (80%+).
Stephen Dorrell, Chairman of Trustees from 2008 to 2017, said: “Our vision is that any candidate applying to Uppingham in the Sixth Form could be considered purely on merit, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.
For some time, the Headmaster and Trustees have been considering the issue of Uppingham’s place in society and how we can best prepare our pupils for the world they will move on to after school. We believe that all Uppingham pupils benefit from being part of a diverse and multi-talented community.
By offering these Awards we can make an immediate impact on widening access to an Uppingham education. In a relatively short space of time, the new strategy will have a transforming effect on the lives of those young people fortunate enough to benefit from a 1584 Award as well as further enriching the life of the Uppingham Sixth Form and the School as a whole.
We strongly believe that an independent school education should not be limited only to those who can afford it. We aim to open our doors to pupils with an aptitude for learning, a drive to progress and the ambition to be the best they can be. Offering education to talented children from a wide range of backgrounds is critical to the success of our economy and our country.
From the moment the School was founded in 1584 by Archdeacon Robert Johnson right up to the present day, Uppingham has always aimed to provide an excellent all-round education to pupils with a diversity of talents and backgrounds. This strategic decision is entirely in tune with the School’s original and continuing purpose and I am delighted that our new Headmaster, Dr Richard Maloney, is as passionate as we are to see this strategy succeed."
The expectation is that the number of places funded by the Foundation will reach 20 by the early 2020s. It is not anticipated that overall numbers in the School will grow significantly.
In recent years Uppingham has focused on a transformational building programme, resulting in the outstanding Western Quad development. Now that these ambitious plans have been realised, our aim is to ensure that the best and brightest children will be able to benefit from an Uppingham education, regardless of their ability to pay.
Our sincere thanks again, to all those OUs, parents and wider Uppingham community who have donated to the Richard Harman Foundation Award and Uppingham bursaries.