Peter Blundell Foundation Award Provision

Blundell’s consistently achieves first class academic results but the benefits of an education at Blundell’s extend far beyond the classroom; we are making a difference for today’s pupils – the people of tomorrow who will go on to make their mark in the world.

Foundation Award pupils   Foundation Award pupils

Foundation Awards have been an integral part of the School for many years now. These allow those who may not ordinarily be able to afford a Blundell’s education to do so. Blundell’s Board of Governors have agreed that bursaries are our highest priority and it is their intention to extend this provision to ensure this opportunity is available for many future generations to come. We will be focusing much of our activity in the forthcoming years on growing our ‘access to all’ by endowing bursaries under the ‘Peter Blundell Foundation’ and other individually named bursaries across a range of entry options at Year 7, 9 and into the Sixth Form.

Foundation Award pupils   Foundation Award pupils

It is essential for us to provide our pupils with an environment to achieve their full potential. With your involvement and support, you will be certain of ensuring that pupils, past, present and future will appreciate and take pride in the ongoing success of the School. They too will develop loyalty and passion for the school, thus building on its long history; therefore perpetuating the original intentions of its founder, Peter Blundell.

As the cost of a Blundell’s education growing the number of requests for Bursarial support increases. As with many independent schools the levels of funding are simply unsustainable. This means that the Foundation must rely on the generosity of Old Blundellians, Parents and Friends for support to ensure a strong future for the School.

...Though I am not myself a scholar, I will be the means of making more scholars than anyone else in England. (Attributed to Peter Blundell)

John BealeI am proud to be an Old Blundellian.

My family has been closely associated with Blundell’s across three generations, and the School gave me a flying start in life. Now I am delighted that I am able to give something back by supporting the bursary appeal of the Peter Blundell Foundation.

The quality of teaching and breadth of opportunity that Blundell’s offers, are a wonderful preparation for life in the wider world, with all its competitive pressures. Pupils leave with powerful academic results, a sense of self-worth, confidence, and the knowledge that their achievements are rooted in the support, encouragement and enthusiasm of the whole Blundell’s community.

If you share my feelings about the School and would like to help give a child the life-transforming experience of a Blundell’s education, please make a gift to the Peter Blundell Foundation or provision in your will. I hope you will join me in making this great opportunity a reality for a child for whom it must otherwise remain a dream. The effect of your generosity at whatever level, will last a lifetime.

John Beale
(Milestones 1956-61)

James ReynoldsAfter leaving Blundell’s I spent time at Cambridge, Yale and Oxford universities to gain my medical qualification. I spent a few years living and working in London, initially in surgical specialities, then in General Practice, before I moved with my wife and growing family to Hampshire where I am now a partner in a busy practice near the coast. I’ve managed along the way to win a few prizes, do a lot of rowing, grow a small wine cellar, and perhaps against my better judgement, ran the London Marathon in 2006.

I feel a Blundell’s education gave me the ambition and opportunity to make the most of my abilities and I will always be in the school’s debt for the Foundation award I received.

James Reynolds
(Milestones 1988–93)

Old Blundellians, have over the last four hundred years, spread from the beautiful buildings of Blundell’s to all parts of the United Kingdom and the world. The confidence, breadth, and academic ambition imbued in pupils whilst at the school has led to Blundellians following high profile careers in commerce, academia, the arts and sport, among many areas.

Inspiration

Peter Blundell had a vision for the future of local children, and through his benevolence, Blundell’s School was born. Since then, the benefits of his legacy to education in the South West of England have had a wider reach than he could have possibly imagined.

Those who have experienced Blundell’s themselves know the benefit of having a well rounded education, and we wish to engage their support to help others gain similar experiences, and enable them to take advantage of all that their years at Blundell’s would have to offer.

The Provision

As Blundell’s moves into its fifth century, how can we make a mark that will be felt by generations to come? You can help preserve this heritage for future generations of pupils who wish to undertake a Blundell’s education.

With the ever increasing rise in costs of education, the help which these awards provides to deserving beneficiaries is now more important than ever before. With your support, we hope that we will be able to continue to increase the provision, and to enable outstanding and deserving individuals to experience a Blundell’s education.

We currently support a number of pupils throughout the school and we wish to increase this year to year with an additional 15 pupils, which means raising £300,000 each year.

Blundell's School at Horsdon   Old Blundell's at Uplowman

Peter Blundell’s ethos remains at the heart of this School. He founded the School to educate the youth of Tiverton. He wanted to give them the gift of an educational experience perhaps previously denied to them. The Governors and Head Master are determined to maintain Blundell’s as a School which emphasises a broad and deep experience for all.

In recognition of this, the School has for many years made available a small number of Foundation Awards, which allow parents who ordinarily could not dream of educating their children at Blundell’s to do so. It is our intention to widen the benefit to additional pupils and in doing so; we will require the kind, generous and thoughtful support of many from the wider Blundell’s community.

In this we include Old Blundellians who, we hope, will look back fondly at their school days and realise that without the encouragement of the School their lives would have been less interesting and, in many cases, less successful. Please help us realise our goals and make Blundell’s and even greater School.