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Woodbridge School is delighted to announce: The OWs’ Tree

The OWs’ Tree will be our way of remembering Old Boys and Girls here at the School in perpetuity. We have commissioned a beautiful metal tree sculpture, forged by hand here in Suffolk, which will be permanently on display in School Hall.

The names of OWs will be engraved onto individual brass leaves and will hang on the tree as a testimony to your participation in the life of the School.

The OWs’ Tree will help to grow our Bursary Fund, which is now needed more than ever. Suffolk parents and children need schools which are ambitious for their pupils and able to provide strong academic standards, preparing them for 21st century careers.

One in ten pupils in our Senior School are now on means-tested bursaries, but there are many more young people in our local community who could benefit from a Woodbridge education. In the past, the Direct Grants scheme which was first introduced in the 1940s allowed young people from all walks of life to obtain a good grammar school education, bringing diversity and opportunity in equal measure.

This and subsequent schemes have long since been abolished by the government, and so the Seckford Foundation has stepped in to provide funding; but we now need to raise new funds to help us offer new bursaries, and we are hopeful that the OWs’ Tree will achieve that for us.

For your name to be engraved on to a leaf, please complete the form below along with your donation to our Fund: a minimum gift of £100 is required; please make your donation via the ‘Make a Donation’ button at the bottom of this page and be as generous as you can so that we can support more young people like Neil:

“All of us have particular points that we consider to have been especially important when growing up. For me, one of these decisive moments was being offered a bursary-funded place at Woodbridge School. Clearly the academic aspect of any school is vital; the education I received at Woodbridge was of the highest level, and led on to me gaining a place at Cambridge University. Beyond academia the extra-curricular opportunities were exceptional and varied, enabling me to pursue interests in both sport and music which I continue to enjoy. I would not have been able to study at Woodbridge without the bursary I received, and the wider encouragement in my personal and academic development made a huge difference to me. I am extremely grateful to all who made it possible for me to attend as I can now say, with great confidence, I would not be where I am today without Woodbridge School.” Neil Alderton OW 2001-2008.