Why is Lancing promoting Lancing Foundationers?

Lancing has a long history of providing bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise have a chance to receive the kind of education and opportunity that Lancing offers its young people. In independent research carried out with OLs and parents in 2021, transformative bursaries were still identified as the key area for support. Lancing Foundationers benefit from a solid all-round education; the peer-to-peer support provides pupils with a sense of community, ambition and achievement - key elements in helping to prevent vulnerability. This campaign has demonstrated the strong desire to ensure that the benefits of a Lancing education are made more widely available.

Where will the young people come from?

We are developing relationships with selected local schools and continuing the connection with Trinity School in Lewisham with whom we already have strong links. We are also involving our own prep schools, some of our feeder prep schools who have similar bursary programmes. We are working in collaboration with our partners - the Royal National SpringBoard Children's Foundation, East Side Young Leaders' Academy and Buttle UK. 

What sort of young people will be selected for the Foundationers programme?

Students will need to show the potential to access Lancing’s high academic standards via carefully selected verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests. However, we are far more interested in individual potential and the motivation of the candidate to seize the opportunity that these awards afford. We are not seeking just the brightest or most talented, but those who stand out as being able to gain most from, and contribute the most to, a Lancing education. Some will come from challenging family backgrounds, others from failing schools, and may live in areas where life chances are limited. There is absolutely no question of these students being able to afford a Lancing education without our help.  

How many and what type of bursaries will be offered?

110% bursaries will be available for day or boarding places and for Third and Sixth Form entry. Our aim is to have 50 Foundationers funded by the programme by 2027. The amount includes funds for essential items such as school uniform and for curriculum-relevant trips and visits.

Is the College contributing financially to the campaign?

The College is committed to this programme and intends to support the programme financially and in the allocation of resources. As the Foundationers will be incremental to the total pupil population and their marginal cost funded by the generosity of donors, this will not adversely affect the affordability for existing parents. For every £1 spent in funding Foundationers, Lancing will be contributing 33p.

Will scholarships be affected by bursaries for Foundationers?

No. Scholarships and awards work alongside bursaries and have a separate source of funding. If Award holders/Scholars need assistance with fees they can apply for a means-tested bursary. Foundationers will be incremental to the Lancing community, not replacing existing pupils.

How do we know that donations will not simply be used by Lancing for its own purposes?

We have set up a separate bank account for all the funds raised for Foundationers. This money is ring-fenced and the accounting will be separate, transparent and reported in our annual accounts.

Will it be common knowledge as to who is a Foundationer?

Feedback from previous recipients suggests that it is best to allow the individual to decide when and if they wish to let it be known. In some cases this happens naturally, but not in all. The aim is to increase the awareness of the Foundationers with larger numbers throughout the school and thereby make everyone feel involved and proud to be part of the scheme. Alongside this, we are starting a bursary ambassador group with previous recipients who will act as mentors to current recipients and come along to fundraising events to speak to donors.

How will students from challenging backgrounds cope with life at Lancing?

We will support our Foundationers and their families with dedicated and extensive pastoral care, to assist them to settle into school, and make the most of their time at Lancing and at home. Our Head of Transformational Change will put special programmes in place to help with the transition to Lancing and beyond.