St Mary le Tower Choir draws its membership from around the county of Suffolk. We have choristers and choral scholars from many local state schools, and have contacts with most of the Independent Schools in the region. Ipswich School is one of our nearest neighbours, and regularly holds concerts and services at our church.
Recently their "Founding Futures" bursary scheme made the local press with the story of Tekle, an Eritrean refugee who fled war and famine to reach England four years ago. After a perilous journey over land and sea he reached our shores as a refugee. Having been placed in foster care in Grays, Essex, Tekle came to settle independently in Ipswich and studied GCSEs at Northgate High School. While studying for his GCSEs, he attended Suffolk Refugee Support’s Homework Club, which provides support to refugees who need more one-to-one help because English is not their first language. The Homework Club was initially held at Volunteering Matters, but moved to Ipswich School where students could take advantage of the facilities, and this is where Tekle was spotted by one of the school staff who volunteers at the club. In fact, the school was so impressed by his hard work and progress, that they offered him a full Founding Futures bursary to study A levels in Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
You can read the full story here.
Unlike many other Independent schools, Ipswich does not have a large endowment providing bursaries to support children in the School. Through the Founding Futures Bursary Campaign Ipswich School wants to open up access to any pupil, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.
You can read more about the Founding Futures Campaign here.
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