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About the Foundation Trust

For many decades, children from across Wirral have benefited from the outstanding all-round education available at Birkenhead School, with many of them going on to take up responsible positions in society. 
They were able to do this irrespective of social status or parental means during the era of Direct Grants and Assisted Places, which is now long gone. There remains the opportunity for the School, thanks to generous benefactors, to support attendance for those who would otherwise find the fees prohibitive. 
Many give to acknowledge the opportunities that opened up for them through attendance at Birkenhead School, some recognising financial assistance from which they benefited or keen to enable other children to have the best possible educational foundations and opportunities. 
The School welcomes all gifts to the Foundation Trust, which will be used to provide support to those students who will gain most from it. 

How contributions will be used
Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation Trust has supported students to a value in excess of £1 million and there are currently around 75 students in School receiving support from the Foundation Trust Bursary Scheme. 
The majority of the fund is managed by Rathbone Investment Management, and the Trustees include Governors of the School, the Headmaster, the Senior Deputy Head, and the Head of Prep. 
All donations are gratefully received and will be put to good use. Gifts or bequests of £13,000 or more (currently equivalent to approx. one year’s fees), with the donor’s or executor’s permission, will be acknowledged on the Benefactors’ Board in Bushell Hall. 
The Trustees wish to extend their warmest thanks to all benefactors and to stress the importance of the fund in enabling children to access the quality of education offered by Birkenhead School. 
By way of illustration:
If 40 donors gave £30 per month for 7 years, 
this would enable a full ‘Access Scholarship’ 
for a child to attend the School  
from Year 7 through to Sixth Form, 
setting them up for life. 

In carrying out their duties, the Trustees will exercise due diligence in the way they invest and use donors’ money to the benefit of children at the School. Donors are welcome to give to general funds or to restricted funds to be used for a specific purpose. 

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