In November we reached the two-year anniversary of the launch of our Foundationers Campaign. We are pleased to report that we have raised £2.7m of our first stage target of £3m. These ‘100%+’ bursaries are awarded only to young people from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds. We want our Lancing Foundationers to tread exciting and challenging paths that would otherwise be closed to them.
Much has been achieved in these first two years; we now have the benefit of experience with 14 young people in our programme and our pastoral care has been acknowledged by our partners as outstanding. We have structured a clear and unified system incorporating a dedicated team of staff, partnership organisations and parents. It is all supported by the enthusiastic commitment of the Governing Body, the Foundation Council and the wider Lancing community.
This year we have 12 Foundationers in the College who are spread across all year groups and a further six will join us in September 2020.
Our aim has always been to inspire and encourage our Foundationers to embrace new experiences and in turn to make a difference in their own local, national and global communities. It is heartening to see this happening from the very beginning and we are delighted that the impact of transforming individual lives and the communities they come from is now a reality.
We celebrated the successes of the campaign with many donors on 19 November 2019 at the In & Out Naval and Military Club in London. The evening started with an update from the Head Master and some personal insights from two of our Foundationers, one now at university and the other in his final year at Lancing. The overriding impression they left the audience with, was of their growing confidence - confidence to approach life in a different way.
After the drinks reception, guest speaker Ted Maidment (Lancing Common Room 1965-1982) took guests on a musical journey and wove into it reflections on both his Lancing and Shrewsbury days. We moved from the haunting ballad of Housman’s Shropshire Lad, music composed by George Butterworth; to the gutsy chords of Eleanor Rigby, ‘a melody of few notes’ to the beauty of the violins in Richard Strauss’ ‘Beim Schlafengehen’, the farewell, written at the end of his life, then to the eternal Elvis and Heartbreak Hotel. To conclude Ted chose The Advent Prose because for him ‘it means Lancing’ and, when he hears it, it transports him back to the Chapel. Ted admitted that he still has a great fondness for Lancing, a feeling shared by the audience and many others.