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Transforming young lives

Ever since it became a grammar school in 1944, Godolphin and Latymer has offered free places to bright girls regardless of their financial background. Today we continue this tradition through the generosity of our Old Dolphins, parents and former parents, and friends of the school.

The gifts we receive support our ambition that every bright girl who is offered a place can join our school, irrespective of how well-off their family is. All of the bursaries we offer are means-tested but most of all we want to increase the number of truly life-changing 100% awards to the families who need most support. In this way we really can transform young lives and ensure that Godolphin continues to be inclusive and welcoming to pupils from a wide range of backgrounds.

Click below to hear the life-changing impact a Godolphin and Latymer bursary had on Zoe.

Bursaries that make a difference

ISABELLA

Isabella has been a bursary recipient since joining the school in Year 7. She is now in the Upper Sixth and is the current Head Girl. She plans to study Chemical Engineering at university. 

“I do hope that you are inspired to support the Annual Fund Bursary Campaign. I know that there are so many young girls out there whom I would love to see encounter the warmth and opportunity I have experienced at Godolphin.

I am beyond grateful for the generosity of the people who have made, and will continue to make, it all possible.”

AMELIA HODGSON

Amelia graduated from Godolphin in 2022 and has started her degree in English Literature at Edinburgh University.

“Receiving a bursary and attending Godolphin was an opportunity I am truly thankful for. It has equipped me with the drive and determination to achieve my goals, as well as allow me to develop my academic interests and pursue my passions in drama and sport. I feel I was always supported by Godolphin!”

ZOE PROKOPIOU

Zoe was in the Class of 2021 and is in her second year at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, studying French and Philosophy. 

“I am incredibly grateful to have received a full bursary throughout my time at Godolphin. It opened up a range of unique and challenging opportunities for me and ultimately gave me the grounding I needed to apply for my dream universities.

I am now reading French and Philosophy at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and I can’t wait for what lies ahead. After finishing my degree, I intend to continue my academic studies, either in Law or Translation and Interpretation.”

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HEATHER SMITH

Class of 2018

“Godolphin provided me with an all-star education, one I was only able to access thanks to a full means-tested bursary. My school fostered a belief in me that I am capable of anything.

From state-of-the-art equipment to immersive trips, the opportunities that Godolphin offers are truly exceptional. I only have great things to say about my teachers, they whole-heartedly supported and encouraged me, and prepared me for life after school in a way that I wouldn’t have experienced anywhere else. I still refer back to their advice now.

I would like to emphasise just how important the school’s bursary programme is and to express my gratitude to all those whose generosity enabled me to access my education. I truly feel this is my community, these are my teachers, my friends, and this is my school.

I graduate from UCL this year; the education I received at Godolphin has allowed me to follow my passions.”

HUMAIRA SANDERS
(née Sheikh)

Class of 1986

“I joined Godolphin and Latymer in 1979 after receiving a full bursary award. The girls came from a wide range of backgrounds and I believe this diversity was beneficial for everyone. It shows that when forming childhood friendships you focus on your common interests, I hope this quality remains for every Godolphin girl.

Godolphin’s ethos that we should grow up to be compassionate has been important to me. The emphasis that we should be confident in our abilities taught me that if I worked hard enough I could achieve a lot. My teachers were passionate about their subjects and were one reason for me studying Economics at LSE. Everyone has a different experience of school: I benefited from my time at Godolphin.

Our society needs to improve social mobility and the bursary programme is a genuine way to help achieve that. I support the bursary programme because it truly widens access to education, and that benefits the entire school community, not just the recipient.”

Your support in numbers

Whether you make a regular donation or a single gift, however you choose to support us – and at whatever level – your generosity is very much appreciated.

We are so grateful to the parents, Old Dolphins, and supporters whose donations over many years have made such a difference to girls who otherwise couldn’t dream of coming Godolphin and who, in turn, have helped shape the ethos and character of our remarkable school. We really appreciate each and every gift, no matter how large or small, as together they have had a huge cumulative impact. Thank you.

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83 pupils in receipt of a bursary award in 2022-23

51 pupils receiving transformational bursaries (100-110%), thanks to the 2021-22 Annual Fund

£1.4m spent on transformational bursaries in 2022-23

£816k raised by 2021-22 Annual Fund

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