The Bursary Fund
Your opportunity to transform a young person’s life
Active participation by the LEH community has been instrumental in fostering our school’s tradition of excellence. Our students successfully balance outstanding scholarship with impressive achievements in sport and exciting creativity in the arts and beyond.
Our aim is to ensure that LEH is a school full of opportunity, challenge and friendship; a place to take risks and become bold; a place to discover passions, talents and themselves; a place that nurtures remarkable women.
With your help, we will be closer to making the opportunity of an LEH education available to any bright girl who wishes to come here, regardless of her family’s financial circumstances.
Your participation and generosity will make a difference not only to our students but to our entire school community.
Heather Hanbury - Head Mistress
Read how the Bursary Fund has helped these alumnae to realise their potential
Soshin Limbu, LEH 2010 - 2017
Having both grown up in rural Nepal, my parents had limited opportunities in school to achieve their full potential. Much of their day would be spent labouring on the family’s farm, leaving little time for study. In their early twenties they decided to leave the country, and everybody they knew, to pursue a better education for their children. I cannot imagine how immensely difficult it must have been for them to rebuild their lives in a completely foreign country.
When it came to the all important decision of choosing a secondary school as an 11-year-old, I remember having my heart set on LEH entirely. I also knew that, given my family’s background, the option of attending this school would be near impossible due to the financial burden it would place on us; that is, until I found out about the school’s bursary scheme. Throughout my school career, I have been very fortunate to be a recipient of this bursary, making it possible for me to study here.
I often think about how different my school experience has been to my parents’. Although they have suffered a lot of hardship for us to live a comfortable life, I hope that one day, I will have accomplished enough in my life to prove to them it was worth it all. The opportunities that I have been presented with at LEH have given me the confidence to take my aspirations way higher than they may have been if I had not studied here. It is immensely humbling to know that the Bursary Fund has played such a significant role in this, and for that reason I am eternally grateful for the generosity of all the donors to the scheme.
I hope that there will come a time when the Bursary Fund is sufficiently funded to overcome financial barriers and educate every girl deserving of a place at LEH, and so I sincerely urge all those who are in the position to do so, to donate and give more girls like me an opportunity that I have been so privileged to receive.
Georgia Galton Ayling, LEH 2006-2013
Though I am not yet a mother, I can already say that I would want my daughter to attend LEH. There are undoubtedly thousands of parents who feel the same way, many of whom would struggle to realise this dream without the help of the LEH Bursary fund.
I was lucky enough to be a recipient of an LEH Bursary throughout my school career, from the age of 11 to 18. There are no words to describe the impact that the school has had on me, so it must suffice to say that it made me who I am today. The outstanding teaching and pastoral support allowed me to triumph over personal difficulties, and fulfil my ambition of reading English Language and Literature at Oxford University. LEH prepared me for university by instilling a passion for learning which was impossible to shake off, and by giving me the confidence to believe in my own abilities.
The opportunities which I was offered during my time at LEH were staggering. I joined all of the sports clubs my timetable would allow, and became captain of the fencing team. I chaired an MUN assembly in which we hosted hundreds of students from across the country. I went on a school trip to China to help me with my History A-level, which undoubtedly accounted, at least in part, for my getting 100% UMS. The charity mentoring schemes which were set up to help disadvantaged children from the local community endowed me with empathy and passion to work with children in the future. This is just a tiny insight into the plethora of incredible opportunities which I was given during my time at LEH. My childhood and adolescent years were vivid and culturally rich, undoubtedly much more so than they would have been were it not for the Bursary fund.
I am now myself a teacher, which is a testament to how highly I regarded my own teachers. I respect the profession so highly that my career choice was based solely on how my teachers made me feel. If I can have half of the impact on my students that my teachers had on me then I have an incredibly fulfilling career in front of me. The only difference is that I am teaching in a far less privileged school than LEH. I made this decision because I am conscious that I was only able to attend such a fantastic school because of my bursary. There are many other pupils in this country who could be afforded the same success as me if only they had access to the same education.
Mary Geraghty, LEH 1984 - 1991
At LEH I was lucky to receive an education where I was encouraged to believe that anything was achievable. I was given every opportunity to explore what drove me and to develop my interests. I think I left LEH with a strong inner confidence to go into the world and try to achieve whatever I wanted to.
Whilst in sixth form, my parents went through some financial difficulties. I was aware of the difficulties they were facing but it was only much later that I learned that LEH’s bursary scheme had stepped in and enabled my sister and I to stay on at the school and complete our schooling there.
Professionally, I now lead a team of in-house lawyers for Starbucks’ EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) business. I have previously held roles as Group General Counsel at Arcadia Group (owner of Topshop and other high street fashion brands) and as a lawyer at Harrods and at a large city firm. The retail and fashion industry attracts many women and I have been privileged to have had many excellent young lawyers in my teams (many of them women) and to have been able to help them grow and develop their own careers and to understand the particular challenges faced by young women in the workplace.
I spent my formative teenage years surrounded by a wonderful group of girls, several of whom remain my dearest friends today. We have gone on to do different things, but the friendships we formed at this time have endured and we have supported each other as we have faced into the challenges of being professional working women and parents.
LEH is in the fortunate position of being able to attract and develop many talented young women. The existence of a well-funded bursary scheme not only ensures that this education is made available to a broader group of girls, but also ensures that a safety net is in place in the event that parents of existing pupils encounter unforeseen difficulties which would otherwise result in a talented and promising pupil having to leave the school.
Simrah Basit, LEH 2010 - 2017
I received a bursary throughout my seven years at LEH. The bursary scheme enabled me to receive an excellent education and be part of a welcoming and exciting community, which I would not otherwise be able to access.
My success at LEH can definitely be attributed to the high standard of teaching. The one thing I valued most about the teaching at LEH was the amount of individual support from staff members. Teachers were always on hand to help with any problems, which ensured that I could work to the best of my potential. Without financial support, I may not have achieved such a high level of academic success at GCSE and A level, which enabled me to gain a place at a Russell Group university.
My bursary also allowed me to supplement my education with residential and international trips, for example to the USA and Iceland. I have been lucky enough to experience new cultures and sights, whilst simultaneously learning about my subjects to a higher level, for which I am extremely thankful.
I am now about to begin my undergraduate degree studying Politics and International Relations. I have left LEH not only with an outstanding education and qualifications, but also with friends who I know will always be there to support me and skills which have prepared me well for the next stage in my life. I am very grateful for the last seven years, and the opportunities I have had due to the bursary scheme.
If you would like to transform a girl’s life, please contact our Development Director, Jennifer Blaiklock to find out more.
For full details of LEH’s Bursary Programme, please see Financial Assistance for New Parents Policy