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The Bramston Bursary Foundation is dedicated to helping young girls who are at risk of going into care, who may already be trying to cope with instability of a life in care, or who are dealing with other multiple challenging issues in their critically under-resourced communities.

With your help, we can provide fully funded boarding places at St Swithun’s School: stability, security, opportunity, and a family of inspiring positive role models - simply life changing.



Pictured: Headmistress, Jane Gandee after completing a 33 mile run for the Bramston Bursary Foundation in 2019




Jane Gandee, Headmistress, explains...



"The Bramston Bursary Foundation (BBF) relaunched in 2019 with a clear and ambitious goal to help young girls who are at risk of going into care, who may already be trying to cope with instability of a life in care, or who are dealing with other multiple challenging issues in their critically under-resourced communities.

"Through no fault of their own, and for a variety of reasons, children who come into the care of a local authority often have a difficult journey ahead of them. 

"Sadly it is not uncommon for children to have to change foster homes and this sometimes means a change of their school too.

"Even in the best of circumstances, growing up is a challenging time for any child, so I can only imagine how difficult it must be not knowing who you are going to live with next, possibly being separated from your siblings and not being able to forge long term friendships because of a frequent change of school.

"It is completely understandable that children in care struggle to perform academically in line with those children not in care.

"We also want to help young girls who may be on the edge of going into care, or who are dealing with multiple challenging issues from critically under-resourced communities.

"St Swithun’s can provide a first class education and all the opportunities that provides, but more importantly - and the real key here - is that we can provide a loving, stable and structured environment through boarding at the school. This is what can be utterly transformational for these children.

"We are working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Virtual School and College for Children in Care (Hampshire County Council), which looks after the educational needs of children in, or on the edge of care in our area, to help identify girls who could flourish at St Swithun’s.

"We are also working in partnership with Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation and Buttle UK to identify girls who are currently living with parents or a family member, but in challenging circumstances and who may be on the edge of going into care.

"Through the Bramston Bursary Foundation, I am proud that we are keeping St Swithun’s open to a diverse and vibrant community, which will enrich all our girls’ experiences and better prepare all students for life beyond the school gates."



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