The Sidcot Bursary Trust (SBT)
Charity number: 287898
About the SBT
The SBT was set up in September 1983 to provide means-tested bursary support to Sidcot School students - from either Quaker or non-Quaker families - who are in need of financial assistance.
“Sidcot has helped me to grow so much in self-confidence. Being educated here has allowed me to find myself, to find a second home, to make incredible relationships with people I’d never have met if I’d gone through the mainstream system. Sidcot has absolutely changed my life for the better. I’m just generally so very grateful.”
Theo, boarder and full bursary recipient, Class of 2022
Typically, the SBT supports eight pupils annually who would not otherwise have been able to continue their education in the Sidcot tradition. It has a General fund and a Watkins fund, which was bequeathed for use in cases of sudden family emergencies. Grants from the General fund are normally no more than 20% of the standard fees, whilst those from the Watkins fund are as necessary and as available.
Over the last 10 years, the Sidcot Bursary Trust has supported 63 students, who went on to work in a range of industries, including the Third Sector, the arts and film creative industries, engineering, and more.
The SBT has also provided significant support for the Sidcot Covid Relief Fund, providing a valuable lifeline for families facing financial hardship. Meanwhile, the recent Rene Isaac Legacy provides vital financial support for bursary students looking to travel as part of their education.
Bursaries provide a constant and ongoing focus for philanthropic support at Sidcot, from a range of sources. With inclusion and empathy at the core of our values, the School together with various funds and the Bursary Trust, aims to support 10% of our community with means-tested bursaries, equating to around £400,000 per annum.
How do I give to the SBT?
If you are interested in giving to the Sidcot Bursary Trust, or in finding out more, please contact one of the Trustees listed below or get in touch via the Development Office on +44 (0)1934 845238.
· Sally Harvey (Chair)
· Ian Harbottle (Treasurer)