Mrs Rebecca Dougall, Headmistress
As Headmistress of St Helen and St Katharine, I have the immense privilege of watching our students experience defining moments that will transform their future. Our exciting educational environment is one in which the unique talents of each of our students are unlocked.
I am also keenly aware that there are young women whose lives would be transformed by calling St Helen and St Katharine their school and could do so if fees were no longer a factor.
The belief that we can and should remove this financial barrier remains fundamental to the School's ethos. Throughout the history of our School, students have been able to come to St Helen's because their families received assistance towards the fees, and this has defined the School's character as rooted in the local community with a spirit of inclusivity.
Our fierce pride in all that we do at St Helen's and the transformative value and efficacy of our mission makes us ambitious to reach out further, to individuals whose potential and aspirations are currently inhibited by circumstances beyond their control. We would love your help in creating possibilities for such young women.
Together we can achieve something of profound and lasting value.
At St Helen's we focus on making a tangible difference to the futures of all our students, and we believe that we have a responsibility to share this potential for transformation widely and equitably.
This belief underpins the work of the St Helen and St Katharine Foundation.
Today we fund nine students fully for the duration of their time at the School and 10% of students receive some level of support towards the fees. Through our partnerships with local schools, we are committed to enhancing the educational experience of significant numbers of children and young people.
We know that the quality of our educational provision, our subject expertise, our access to resources, our facilities and our powerful network create something very special. We want this to be accessible to as many girls as possible.
The Foundation's ambition now is to build on what has already been achieved by providing eight new, full bursaries to support aspiration at Sixth Form level, with an initial emphasis on science, technology and mathematics (STEM). These places are for students currently attending a state funded school and a rigorous process of means testing will apply.
This is a long term ambition that we can only achieve with the support of our community.
The part you can play