City of London Freemen’s School has seen a large increase in the number of students that have been awarded 80% or more bursaries.
City of London Freemen’s School has seen a large increase in the number of students that have been awarded 80% or more bursaries. While nine students received a significant bursary in 2017, this number will rise to 21 for the new academic year in September.
Freemen’s has a long tradition of welcoming students from all backgrounds. The school was originally set up for orphans of the Freemen of the City of London.
“A huge pull for me, when first looking at the role of Head at Freemen’s, was its altruistic foundation; I saw in it the potential to make a real difference to children whose situation at birth would not ordinarily afford them the opportunities open to them at this exceptional school”, explained Headmaster Roland Martin. “Needless to say, I am proud to be involved with this push for increased bursary places at Freemen’s and thrilled to begin to see the impact on promising young people who deserve a chance to change their stars.”
One student receiving a large bursary, Berrak Cocelli, joined the school from her home in Tottenham last September, through charity The Royal National Children’s Spring Board Foundation and mentor partner, Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy.
“Going to a boarding school meant venturing into the unfamiliar for me, and I’m glad to have been in an environment where trying new things was encouraged,” student Berrak Cocelli says about Freemen’s. “At this school, I foresee myself chasing after my dreams, doing what I love to do with the best of my abilities.”
The school’s governors have set ambitious targets. By 2022, the school aims to provide at least 5% of Freemen’s students, approximately 50 children, with a significant bursary, and there is a commitment to grow this even more in the future.
The school recently launched the Freemen’s Foundation to help change lives through bursaries.