Transforming Lives

Central to our fundraising efforts is the need to open our doors to students of promise and talent but with limited financial means.

Each year, we aim to offer more young people the opportunity to experience a North London Collegiate School education through a bursary. In doing this, we don’t just ensure that students of ambition and potential can join our community; we also maintain our rich, social mix and diverse community.

We currently offer some level of help with fees to nearly 8% of Senior School students – but we need to continually raise funds to cover their places, and our ambition is to increase bursary provision to 10% of Senior School tuition fees.

We know that, increasingly, independent school fees are beyond the reach of some families; our fundraising efforts for the Bursary Fund are now more important than ever.


Sue Minter, an ONL from the Class of 1967, recently recounted her experience at North London Collegiate School.

Despite keeping her bursary confidential, Sue’s mother was determined to provide her with the same opportunities as other girls.

“I cherished my time at NLCS, from the beauty of the school grounds to the activities in the Drawing School. The bursary opened doors for me, leading to achievements such as attending Girton College, Oxbridge achieving a 2:1 in history, and even receiving a Fulbright scholarship to study for a year at The University of California, Berkeley.” 

– Sue Minter, ONL (Class of 1967)

Sue went on to have a fulfilling career in horticulture and curatorial roles, crediting her academic degree for being taken seriously. Sue emphasises the importance of continuing to offer bursaries so that talented girls can benefit from what NLCS has to offer. She fondly remembers supportive teachers like Marion Weaver and Liz Lederman (History), and she takes pride in being part of the School’s history.

“My two sisters and I attended NLCS as Music Scholars and beneficiaries of the Bursary Fund. We were fortunate to be supported through each of our Senior School careers as full recipients of bursaries. Our parents would not have been able to afford the fees unassisted. The Bursary Fund allowed us to attend one of the UK’s top schools. It is truly amazing to imagine the generosity of donors. I’m not sure many will know that they supported an entire family through their Senior School education. We have all now graduated from university; two are lawyers and I work in finance. We are so grateful to the School for the opportunities it gave us, and for the doors the School has opened for our future.”

– Dah-Eun Chae, ONL (Class of 2007)

Each year, we ask parents of Year 13 students to donate some or all of their deposit to our Leavers’ Bursary Fund; we are immensely grateful for the support we receive, which allows us to fund more young people to be able to come to North London and enjoy the opportunities that an NLCS education provides.

For more information on bursaries, please see attached our bursary brochure or contact the Development Team at development@nlcs.org.uk.