Lady Anne Dacre founded Emanuel School in 1594 with a vision to provide an education to children irrespective of family income. Over the centuries, through donations and school funds, Emanuel has continued to financially support families.

In 2016 we launched the Fully Funded Places Campaign with the ambitious target of supporting 20 pupils on a free school place by 2020. The campaign echoed our founder’s original establishment of 20 free places in 1594. The response to the campaign, from across the entire Emanuel community, was incredible with over 50% of Emanuel staff and over 300 Old Emanuels, current parents and friends of the school supporting the scheme.

With the help of the entire community, we reached this significant milestone a year ahead of schedule. While delighted with the result we know the importance of increasing the number of these transformative free places remains the same as when we started the campaign. We have seen how a free school place can really change a child’s life and it has been humbling to meet and hear the testimonies of current and former bursary pupils and their families. We believe that increasing diversity in the school actually benefits the whole community, offering new perspectives and preparing our pupils for life after Emanuel. That is why we remain committed to doubling the number of transformative free places we offer to 43 by 2024, coinciding with the school’s 430th year.

Thank you again to everyone for your support and continued commitment to this vital endeavour. To hear about the impact free places have had on two of our students, watch their videos below.

Robert Milne, Headmaster

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The impact of a fully funded place

Former Emanuel students Micaela Wing and Sinan Mahmud explain the impact a bursary has had on them and why they support transformative free places at Emanuel.