(16) HMC/IDPE School Bursaries Conference, (Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London, 22 January 2018)


This conference is for: Heads, Chairs of Governors and Bursars/Clerks to the Governors in independent schools.  We recommend that, if possible, at least two delegates attend from each school.

Delegate fees:  £285 per person, or £245 per person if two or more people attend from one school.






Coffee and Registration


10.00 – 10.30




Session1: Welcome and opening keynote speech

Keynote: Sir Peter Gershon, CBE, FREng

Chair:Shaun Fenton, Headmaster, Reigate Grammar School and Chair-Elect of HMC


10.30 – 10.40


 Session 2: Speeches from two school bursary beneficiaries, both Gershon Scholars


10.40 -


Session 3: ‘Scene-setting’ panel/plenary session – short presentations from panellists, followed by questions and discussion



  • Parental affordability
  • Data
  • Statistics
  • Benchmarking
  • The political climate
  • Value and impact of bursaries


Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of ISC

Other speakers to be confirmed

Chair: Keith Budge, Headmaster,


11.15 – 11.30





11.30 -


Session 4: Workshop (1) – delegates to choose one from the following options:


1.  Fundraising for established schools– examples and case studies from schools with established fundraising activities

Shaun Fenton and Sean Davey, Reigate Grammar School

 2. Friend Raising to Fund Raising: How to plan and kick start your campaign

Ben Vessey, Rowena Gaston and Ben Davies, Canford School

 3.  The US model of philanthropy and fundraising

Glen Fendley

 4.  Affordability – strategic approaches to school finance and widening access

James Underhill, Underhill Associates

David Woodgate, CEO of ISBA

Mark Taylor, Bursar of The King’s School Canterbury

 5.  Measuring the impact of school bursary programmes

Ian Davenport, CEO, RNCF/SpringBoard Bursary Foundation

 6.  Recruitment and selection

Amanda Scott, Latymer Upper School


12.20 – 1.20


1.20 – 2.10


Session 5: Workshop (2) – delegates to choose one workshop (see options in Session 4 above)  


2.10 – 3.10




Session 6: Plenary – Leadership models and creating effective working relationships between all those involved in fundraising and bursaries

Ben Vessey, Headmaster of Canford School

Peter Wells, Recently retired Head of Prep at The King’s School Canterbury

Other speakers to be confirmed


3.10 – 3.30



3.30 -




Session 7: Plenary panel – What can we learn from other sectors?

  • A report from the IDPE US study tour: Glen Fendley
  • Fundraising and bursaries in universities and HEIs: Speaker to be confirmed




 Session 8: Closing plenary - Speeches from a donor and beneficiary

4.35 -


Closing remarks and depart