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£3,000 that changed a life

12th August 2019

The School Fees Charitable Trust helps parents when they need it the most

In today’s world, £3,000 is rarely thought of as a life-changing sum of money, but grants of this amount or a similar size from the School Fees Charitable Trust can do exactly that. Changing schools at any time can be incredibly hard for children. Changing schools just before important exams, that have a huge bearing on the future, can be especially disruptive.

The School Fees Charitable Trust helps parents who are unable to pay their fees, due to a sudden and unforeseen change in circumstance that has occurred in the last year. Grants are awarded by a board of trustees and made to cover the final year of GCSEs, A Levels or equivalent exams, such as the International Baccalaureate. Since it was founded in 1991, the Trust has helped over 1,000 children and paid out more than £2 million in grants.

The prospect of changing schools in his final year of A Levels was one that faced Simon Caunt, a talented student and keen sportsman at Wellingborough School in Northamtonshire. Simon’s parents’ business fell in to difficulties very suddenly and they were unable to find the funds to cover his school fees.

Fortunately for Simon, his headmaster was aware of the School Fees Charitable Trust, an organisation funded by SFS Group and their School Fees Insurance product, and passed on the details to Simon’s parents. They were awarded a £3,000 grant by the Trust and Simon was able to complete his education at Wellingborough.

“It would have been a massive, life changing blow to leave my friends, teachers and sports teams behind. My world would have shrunk, and I could have lost my whole support network.” 

Simon, now 29, met his closest friends at school, he also met his girlfriend there too. He has enjoyed a successful career and is currently a senior manager at a large company in Sussex. He feels so strongly about the difference the School Fees Charitable Trust made to his life that he has just donated £3,000 to it, the same amount that he received back in 2006. 

“I’m convinced I wouldn’t be enjoying the life I am today without the Trust’s intervention. I want someone else to be given the same amazing lifeline that I received.”

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