There have been a number of landmark moments in the lifetime of the College; self-evidently the most important its foundation in 1563 with the grant of the original site. We are at the next landmark in the life of the College.
A combination of student numbers, a wider and more sophisticated curriculum, and the important trend towards independent learning have all contributed towards what is now a vital need for more space. The opportunity to acquire the site and buildings currently housing the Royal Bank of Canada is genuinely the Chance of a Lifetime and is the first main objective of this appeal. Ironically, this acquisition would restore a significant chunk of the lost areas of the original site granted by Elizabeth I. The expansion and conversion programme will take several years to deliver, but will give a 40% increase in student learning space.
It has become increasingly difficult for the College to fund capital development from the fees paid by our parents. Equally, the College is determined to keep fees as affordable as possible, although they are already considerably less than those of comparable schools in the UK. The Foundation seeks, therefore, to attract as much support for as it can from this Chance of a Lifetime Appeal. The College cannot let this opportunity slip.
Following the States reduction of College funding, September 2018 saw the last intake of Special Place Holders. Historically and importantly, this particular funding has enabled the College to maintain its island inclusivity. Boys from modest backgrounds have been able to access an Elizabeth College education and benefit from their own Chance of a Lifetime. The College Foundation has always been determined to continue this egalitarian approach and the establishment of the Elizabeth College Bursary Fund is now, therefore, the dual aim of this Chance of a Lifetime Appeal.
Thank you to each and every one of you for your past support. We do ask you to do everything you can to assist us at with at this exciting and crucial moment in the future life of the College and its pupils.
“The strongly pupil-centred College ethos enables pupils of all ages to achieve high academic standards and develop excellent personal qualities”
ISI inspection October 2015