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The Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund was set up to celebrate the centenary of Highfield School in 2007. It has now been running successfully for over twelve years thanks to the generosity of current and former parents, alumni and institutional grants. The aim of the Fund is to raise enough money to support children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to come to a school like Highfield and Brookham. 

In our current climate access to private education is becoming more and more of a privilege. We recognise our responsibility to ensure we bridge this advantage gap. We know there are many children who would greatly benefit from attending a private school and there is a need to bring this opportunity to as many as possible - to those who might not otherwise consider it an option due to financial or family circumstances.

Our Aim

The purpose of the Fund is to make a real difference in a child’s life not just academically, but also physically, emotionally and socially. The bursaries are awarded to children we believe will gain the most benefit from attending Highfield and Brookham Schools - ensuring they reach their full potential, build life-long skills and develop long-lasting positive experiences and relationships.  

It is incredibly rare for prep schools to offer 100% bursaries, especially at the rate that we do, we want to lead the way, in faith that other prep schools will follow and allow this amazing opportunity to be brought to even more children.

Changing Lives

We have awarded 15 bursaries and they have proved to be an enormous success. The Fund also provides additional support for music lessons, sports equipment, school trips and uniform. In some circumstances it has also funded travel to and from the school for the children and parents. 

Past bursary children have gone on to secure bursaries and scholarships at exceptional secondary schools such as Charterhouse School, Marlborough College and Seaford College. Nine children are currently still with us and because of our excellent relationships with senior schools and the outstanding support we offer, the hope is our current children will follow in their footsteps.

Selection Process

We have a very thorough selection process to identify children whose circumstances merit this life changing gift. Throughout the year we build awareness of this opportunity outside of our socio-demographic to ensure relevant candidates are put forward. This involves building links with relevant schools and their Headteachers, charitable organisations and promoting the opportunity online.

A typical candidate could be a child who is experiencing social or educational difficulties such as bullying, challenging home lives, special educational needs or someone who just needs ‘a break’. Children who have the ability to succeed academically if given the right support. We also have gifted children being put forward, where Highfield and Brookham can offer them a higher level of individual attention and can access our well-developed programme for the gifted and talented children.

Make A Donation

The bursaries are funded 50:50 by the Fund and the School. The School’s share is covered by ancillary income streams such as property rentals, Summer School and Swim School, among others. Parents do not subsidise the bursaries through their fees.

We have an extremely robust fundraising plan which is involves combination of donations, fundraising events, investments and grants. Our donors are a mix of former pupils, grandparents, former parents, current parents, institutes and former staff. The Fund is a registered charity and therefore Gift Aid increases donations to the Fund from UK income tax payers by 25%. Donors just need to complete the Gift Aid form when making their donation

Donation Form

We have partnered with Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising to make it even easier to support the Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund. Both of these schemes turn your everyday online shopping into a free donation at no extra cost to you. If our aims resonate with you, please do follow the simple steps to support this great cause every time you shop online.


Charity Information

The Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund is a Trust that was set up as a separate legal entity in 2007 with its own Trust Deed and Trustees. It was granted Charitable Status by the Charity Commissioners in 2007. (Registered Charity No. 1114845)

The Trustees

  • Jonathan Carey – former Highfield parent and grandson of Canon Mills, Highfield's founder
  • Peter Greenwood – Old Highfieldian and former Highfield parent
  • Nick Denton – a parent of three Old Highfieldians
  • Simon Mason – Highfield member of staff since 1997 and currently Head of History
  • Katie Naylor – former Highfield parent

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