Launched in 2019, the Battersea Rise Trust seeks to ensure all aspirational and talented girls and boys have an opportunity to learn and grow at Emanuel, regardless of financial circumstance.

For many of our alumni, this school and the national assisted places scheme gave them a start in life that has secured their futures; the Trust would like to sustain our school’s ability to do this for young people in the years to come.

Located in south west London since 1883 and founded in 1594, Emanuel has a tradition of benefaction. Our founder, Lady Dacre, provided for 20 pupils, and today we are coming to the end of our most recent fully-funded campaign that will see 20 pupils fully sponsored (on full bursaries) in the school.

The Battersea Rise Trust has three main aims:

  • To engage the Emanuel community in our bursary appeal, ensuring we can offer more pupils, who would otherwise never have the opportunity, the chance to benefit from a life-changing education at Emanuel School. It is our belief that the educational experience of every single pupil is enhanced by studying alongside classmates from all backgrounds.
  • To support our ambitious estate plans, ensuring our pupils have access to world-class educational and sporting facilities.
  • To enhance social mobility in south west London. Through our Primary Ambitions programme, we are using our pupils and facilities to engage with and improve the educational opportunities in local primary schools with high numbers of pupils on free school meals. This exciting project not only benefits the local community but enhances the all-round educational experience at Emanuel.