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The Silhillian Fund

It is our belief that no talented young person with a desire to succeed should feel deterred from applying because of hers or his financial situation. Part of the work of The Development and Alumni Relations Office is to secure funding to support the School in two key areas:

1. Increasing our bursary provision.

2. Enhancing the educational experience of its pupils by providing world-leading facilities and learning opportunities.

To achieve these ambitious aims, Solihull must continue to rely on the philanthropic support of all those who share the School's vision for the future.   

Your gift will make a real difference.

Please contact Lucy Lunt, Director Development and Alumni Relations at luntl@solsch.org.uk or on 0121 703 2898 to discuss ways in which you can support future generations at Solihull School.

Bursaries that Transform Lives

The Silhillian Fund has provided many transformational bursaries in the past and will provide many more in the future.

Many Ways You Can Donate

Regular Giving
For many the most convenient and effective way of supporting the next generation of Silhillians is through a regular gift. These vary from £10 - £1,000 a month, all attract gift aid for the school and tax benefits to the donor. We are deeply appreciative to all those who make the commitment. You can set up a standing order with your bank, select one of the tabs below.

One Off Gift
These can be made at anytime. We were most appreciative of those who gave to the establishment of The Denis Tomlin and The Phil Holt bursaries. These funds remain open and a way of continuing to honour the exceptional contribution made to Solihull by these dedicated teachers. 

Legacy
While many alumni and others already support The Silhillian Fund by making regular donations, for some a legacy is the most flexible way of making a gift, allowing them to support the school in a way in which they may not be able to do during their lifetime. The tax benefits of a legacy gift to the school are considerable: all such bequests can be made free from inheritance and capital gains taxes also potentially reducing the tax liabilities on your estate.

If you have already made a Will and now decide that you would like to make a bequest to the school, all you need to do is to add a codicil, or additional clause.

Your solicitor will advise you on the simplest way to do this. However, for guidance, your solicitor may want to use the following when drawing up your Will for the first time or for preparing a Codicil.

I give a legacy of £X (or a share of the Residue of my Estate) to the Governors of Solihull School (Registered Charity Number: 1120597) to be invested in the endowment fund for bursaries, The Silhillian Fund. I declare that the receipt of the Bursar or other authorised officer for the time being of the School shall be a good and sufficient discharge for my Trustees.

Ways to Donate

Contact us

For information about the Bursary Fund, please contact Lucy Lunt on +44 (0)1217032898 or at luntl@solsch.org.uk

Donate by post

Download form, complete and post back to us

Donate online

Give an one-off Donation or set up Regular Giving here

Sponsor a Pupil

We are very grateful to the increasing number of individuals, foundations and groups who wish to sponsor a pupil through their school career, from Thirds to the UVI. While both remain anonymous to each other, the donor receives regular updates on the child's progress. These pupils are carefully chosen by the school' young people who would benefit greatly from all we offer but would be unable to do so without the support of generous benefactors. John, a pupil here in the 1990's, joined the scheme this year and is delighted to be making this life-changing gift.

I have always felt deeply fortunate and grateful to have benefitted from a Solihull education. It is a pleasure and privilege to be able to give back to our community by enabling a gifted pupil to access the same opportunities I had, allowing them to reach their full potential. Through the Development Office I have already received a wonderful letter from this pupil outlining her excitement at joining the school and her hopes for the future. I look forward to hearing about her progress and wish her the very best of luck.

Bursary Recipient Letter

A letter from the mother of a bursary recipient;

Dear Donors of The Silhillian Fund,

I am the parent of a bursary recipient at Solihull School. My daughter and I were overjoyed when we learned she had secured full funding for all seven years. Bringing up my daughter in a less privileged part of the borough has presented social and educational challenges that the bursary has allowed us to overcome.

Solihull is providing her with an outstanding education, access to excellent facilities, first-class teaching and clubs I didn't even know existed. She is brimming with confidence, thriving and thoroughly enjoying being part of the school community. She has always been eager to learn, and it still brings tears of joy to my eyes knowing her hard work is being rewarded. I believe being educated at Solihull is helping her to access her full potential.

Without The Silhillian Fund, Solihull would not have been an option we could possibly consider. But with it, a door has been opened, together with the prospect of a brighter future which I know will positively impact on her career and life opportunities. She hopes that one day she will be able to give back and make a difference to another child's life.

We are sincerely grateful and very honoured to be a recipient of the bursary scheme. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the kindness and generosity of those who give to make this possible.

With heartfelt thanks.

Leaving A Legacy

Why Paul Hardman (Jago 1971-1978) decided to leave a legacy to the school

Not only did I receive an excellent academic education at Solihull, but I had the opportunity, encouragement and support to participate in a host of extra-curricular activities and spend my formative years in an environment that engendered self-confidence and fostered a belief in high standards in all aspects of life. I formed lifelong friendships with fellow pupils and learned a great deal that later helped me, not just in my career, but with life in general. This isn't simply a nostalgic look back into the past through a rose-coloured lens, but a pragmatic assessment of the benefits I have enjoyed as a consequence of my time at the school. None of this would have been possible were it not for the full scholarship I received from the local authority. Sadly such grants are no longer available and it is up to The Silhillian Fund to now provide these transformational bursaries. So, some time ago, I decided to include a bequest to the school in my will as a way to help give the same opportunities to someone who would benefit from the school's unique environment and would otherwise not be able to attend. 

Whatever way you wish to give back to the school, your gift will transform the life of a child, their family and the school community.

Regular Giving

Laurence Harris (Windsor 1977 - 1984) explains why he decided to become a regular donor

Laurence returned to school in May 2019 for the reunion of the class of 1984, and decided to become a regular donor

As I expected, returning to school for a class reunion brought back so many happy memories. However, what I had not really prepared myself for was how quickly friendships were renewed and conversations picked up from over thirty years ago.

With each passing year, I realise how much I owe Solihull School. The lessons that have stayed with me throughout life were not just those from the classroom, but from relationships with the rest of the school community, in tackling the highs and lows of life, and by growing up in a nurturing, yet realistic, environment.

I was deeply impressed by the tour of the school and by the Headmaster's passionate explanation of the bursary fund. In his address, I heard the echo of the inspiration I gained from Giles Slaughter, Alan Lee, Denis Tomlin and Phil Griffiths. It was time to give back, to help provide this exceptional experience to young people who could benefit as I had but might not have the financial background to do so. I have joined the regular giving scheme, and I am proud that my contribution will play a part in helping future Silhillians thrive.

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Warwick Road,
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Contact us

Development & Alumni Relations Office
Email:
dev-os@solsch.org.uk
Telephone: 0121 703 2963

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