Message from the Chairman

As former President of the Salopian Club you may think it a little strange that I am addressing you as Chairman of the Shrewsbury School Foundation.  However, I have been involved with the Foundation for many years, having been Chairman from 2004 to 2006, and, needless to say, I am delighted to have been re-elelcted at what is undoubtedly an exciting time for both the School and the Foundation.

I am sure that many of you are already familiar with the work of the Foundation, having generously supported it over the years.  However, for the benefit of those of you who might not be, allow me to fill you in on a little of what has been happening and, in particular, of the great strides it is taking to raise much needed funds for the School.

The Foundation is a separately funded charity.  It was established in 1965 to raise money to support bursaries and scholarships for exceptional pupils (who might not otherwise have been able to afford a Shrewsbury School education) and to fund a number of other prioritised projects, thus ensuring it remains one of the top schools in the UK.

It is a fact that with the cost of education increasing, the need for bursarial support is growing and independent schools like Shrewsbury are having to rely more and more on parents and alumni for philanthropic support.  In the last year alone, the School has provided over 50 bursaries, towards which the Foundation has raised well over £500,000.  This is thanks to the many Old Salopians and parents who gave through its Annual Programme.

In addition to providing bursarial support, the Foundation has also been working with the School to raise £850,000 for the new boathouse which was officially opened in September during Old Salopian Day.  Thanks to the generosity of Old Salopians Mark Yale and the late Peter Bowring, current parents Rupert and Elizabeth Lywood and many other Old Salopians and Sabrina Club members, the School now boasts one of the best rowing facilities in the country, far surpassing those of its rivals.

My role as Chairman comes at a very exciting time for the Foundation and the School. Over the coming months, the Foundation will be reviewing a number of opportunities to enhance the School's teaching programme whilst, at the same time, ensuring it continues its bursarial support, as this is the bedrock of the Foundation - and the School.  

Being an Old Salopian myself, I look back with great fondness at the time I had here in the 60s and the wonderful education it afforded me.  Therefore, I want to give something back to my alma mater and help future generations of boys - and girls - to similarly benefit from, and enjoy, all that it has to offer.  I hope you feel the same and, if you have not already done so, I encourage you to join me in supporting our school, and its aims, through the Foundation and its Annual Programme.

Peter Worth