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Financial Support

The school is able to offer support to students whose parents are experiencing financial hardship. This support can be for trips, transport to school, materials for courses, exam fees, etc.

The sources of support are Pupil Premium Funding, the Frank Hodgson Memorial Fund, the School Foundation Trustees and, specifically for 6th form, the Education Funding Agency Bursary.

Applications are usually accepted from students who receive free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of Working Tax credit. Applications are also considered if there are exceptional circumstances leading to short term financial hardship.

Applications should be made on the School Application for Financial Support Form which is available from the Finance Office. Once completed, this should be returned, along with evidence of Working Tax credits if relevant or a letter in the case of short term financial hardship, to Mrs Dixie in the Finance Office.

You will be notified of your award by email, if an email address is given on the form, or by letter.

Financial Hardship Support Application Form

Sixth Form Bursary

Students in the 6th form are entitled to a bursary of £20 per week if they are in receipt of free school meals and £50 per half term if their parents are in receipt of Working Tax credit. Students should see Mrs McJarrow to sign up for these bursaries.

Awards and Sponsorship

There are also a number of  awards, supported by the governing body and members of the broader school community, which involve a financial incentive.  In some cases current students and former students can make applications to them for specific purposes, while others take the form of a reward for an aspect of their achievement.

Butler Award

George H Butler was a former scholar of Gillingham School but as a local farmer he continued his association, particularly with the running of the old school farm, in the 1960s and 70s. After his death in 1999, his will left part of his estate to establish a bursary fund, the income from which would be used to give financial assistance to needy former pupils to continue with further or higher education.

The George Butler Bursary Fund for Former pupils of Gillingham School Dorset is a registered charity no. 1088505. Annually, the Trustees invite applications from needy or former pupils with financial concerns who seek assistance with, for example,

  • student maintenance costs

  • payment of university or college tuition fees

  • the acquisition of books or equipment.

They meet annually in April to consider the applications and then decide how to allocate the awards for each separate year. The awards range from contributions of £50 towards book costs (which are always considerable at the start of courses), to four figure totals for those applicants who best meet the criteria. The Trustees also encourage students to enquire from their university or college what charitable, scholarship or bursary funds might be available to them as students in attendance there; many such institutions have considerable specific awards for this purpose which only become available to students once they have started courses there. 

Fletcher Enterprise Award

Yvonne Fletcher was a Pupil at Gillingham School. When she left school she joined the police force. In 1984, she was shot outside the Libyan Embassy in London while on duty and fatally wounded. Despite being so long ago this sad event is still remembered by many people today.

The Fletcher Enterprise Award was set up in 1985 by Yvonne's parents to turn this tragic event into something positive. By giving young people with a similar background to PC Fletcher an opportunity to develop an idea, an interest, an ambition into something worthwhile and enriching, Gillingham School is paying a fitting tribute to one of its past pupils. Each year a maximum of £400 is awarded to one or more pupils of any age to help them pursue a project of some sort which demonstrates enterprise . Applicants from previous years have received the award to develop computer games, pursue hobbies like climbing, pot holing, photography, first aid, or theatre work.

Students are invited to apply each year by the end of the Autumn, by completing an application form and submitting it to the School Library, addressed to Mrs Fletcher and the Board of Governors.  Shortlisted applicants are then given the opportunity to talk about their project to members of the Fletcher family and governing body.

Application Form

Independent Learning Award

The Independent Learning Award was started in 2009 and is funded by the governing body. The idea is to celebrate the achievements and efforts of sixth form students and to promote independent learning in the school. The winner of the award receives £150. Independent learning means self-reliance and extending learning beyond the classroom. However, every year nominated candidates go far beyond this description.

We invite nominations from teachers and from fellow sixth formers. A panel of staff and governors then make a shortlist of those candidates who will  do a presentation to the panel and answer questions.
Winners of the award include:

  • 2009 Libby Page, Anna Kendall, George Baldwin

  • 2010 Annabelle Blackmore, Sam Bush

  • 2011Charlotte Ward, Georgina Clapham, Eilis Kitts

  • 2012 Leo Jordan

  • 2013 Kimberly Meechan

  • 2014 Matthew Rushmere

  • 2015 Seth Jordan

  • 2016 Monaya Abel

  • 2017 Heidi Eggleton 

 Sport Challenge Award

This award was established in 2004 by the family of an ex-student who went on to excel, at a national level, in a sailing sport, despite having suffered a debilitating illness in her younger years. When in the Sixth Form she won the Fletcher Enterprise Award and used it to pursue further qualifications in her chosen sport. Her family were impressed with the effect that this achievement had on their daughter's confidence and decided when she left the school to establish this particular award for other students to benefit in the same way.

The fund is awarded to those who have had to overcome some sort of adversity, for example financial or medical, in order to pursue a sport and is put towards such things as travel expenses, competition or training fees or to purchase necessary equipment. 

Glyn Jones Award

The Glyn Jones Award is a prize awarded for an outstanding contribution in the field of Citizenship, donated by the family of the popular and well-respected former Mayor of Gillingham. The prize is given to a lower school student at Founders Day and consists of £75 and an additional £25 to be donated to a charity nominated by the prizewinner, together with a shield engraved with the names of previous winners.