The ESMS charitable fund, Access to Excellence, was set up in 2007 to provide rigorously means-tested support for children from Primary 7 to Sixth Form whose parents believe they would benefit from an ESMS education but who do not have the means to pay school fees, whether in whole or in part. All pupils who are in receipt of funding have to satisfy the normal entry requirements of the schools and to show annually by their hard work and commitment that they are deserving of continuing support. The Access to Excellence initiative is supported by the schools' Governing Council and is managed and led by the Development Office.
The aim of the Access to Excellence initiative is ultimately to raise a capital sum of £15,000,000, the income from which will almost exclusively be used through the Bursary Fund to support the provision of means-tested bursaries.
In addition to the Bursary Fund a proportion of the income from the capital fund is allocated to the Pupils' Fund which is used to provide means-tested grants to allow boys and girls to take part in recognised school activities beyond the classroom.
Supporters of Access to Excellence can indicate their wish for their gift to be allocated to the fund of their choice, should they wish to do so.
If you decide to support Access to Excellence, it is important that you can be confident that your donation is needed and that it will be used effectively. The Business Case outlines the schools' commitment to managing its finances carefully and efficiently and the Impact Statement explains how our bursary programme operates and the steps we take to ensure that all our donations make a real difference.