The Bernice McCabe Bursary Fund

The Bernice McCabe Bursary Fund

North London endeavours to provide the highest standard of education to able pupils, believing that the opportunity of an education at NLCS should be open to all. And by providing bursaries, we seek to maintain our rich social mix and diverse community.

We currently offer some level of help with fees to nearly 10% of Senior School pupils – but we need to continually raise funds to cover their places, and our ambition is to grow our Bursary Fund over the coming years in order to support 10% of Senior School girls on a full bursary by 2020.

To mark the outstanding legacy and extraordinary contributions that Mrs McCabe made to North London over her twenty years of Headship, the School has established The Bernice McCabe Bursary Fund. Mrs McCabe was passionate about bursaries, and about giving the opportunity of an outstanding education to deserving girls whose parents might not have the means to afford our fees.

The School was delighted that Mrs McCabe launched the Fund at the end of her Headship with a generous inaugural gift, kindly matched by Governor and Parent Keith Breslauer and his wife, Lauren. It is Mrs McCabe’s hope that her personal gift to the Fund will encourage support from other friends of the School.

For more information about supporting bursaries at North London, please contact:

Deborah Sobel, Director of Development
T: 020 8951 6376

To make a one-off gift to The Bernice McCabe Bursary Fund, or to set up a regular payment, please click on the link below which will direct you to our Virgin Money Giving page.

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Alternatively, to set up a Direct Debit, please fill in and return this form to us. Please do complete the Gift Aid declaration form on the second page, if we are able to claim Gift Aid on your gift/s. Please send the form to us at:

Director of Development
North London Collegiate School
Canons Drive

Thank you.

The experiences of two Bursary recipients


Laura Lee-Rodgers (pictured 2nd from right) read Medicine at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where she was awarded The Andrew Hopley Memorial Prize; she is continuing her medical studies at the Royal Free Hospital, London.

‘Visiting Canons left me with no doubt that it was where I wanted to spend my secondary school years; being offered a bursary gave me this choice.

The School's approach to financial assistance places each girl on a level footing and gave me a fresh confidence and determination. I felt encouraged to take advantage of everything that the School has to offer, and I have certainly reaped the benefits of this.

In addition to giving me a range of new, personal opportunities, I found that the large number of bursaries helps to create a unique, mixed and outward looking environment. Looking back on a fantastic seven years, I cannot appreciate it enough.’

Laura Hanna read English at University College, Oxford and studied Drama at LAMDA. At School, she won the Senior English prize and the Clothworkers’ Prize for service to the school magazine. She was a choral scholar at Oxford, and has since explored jazz, blues, musical theatre and world music. She has appeared at theatres including the Southwark Playhouse, Kings Head Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Hampstead Theatre.

‘I was fortunate to receive a Bursary whilst at North London and consequently was presented with an array of opportunities I may not otherwise have had access to. The academic rigour I experienced at North London undoubtedly set me on the path to achieving my English degree at Oxford. The school consistently encouraged me to nurture high aspirations, which followed me throughout my academic career at Oxford and then at LAMDA. In retrospect, I am truly grateful for the bursary system and all it has enabled me to achieve.’

The experiences of two Bursary supporters


Lucy Wray (pictured far right) is an Old North Londoner who now plays Lacrosse for Wales and has played at two World Cups. She has supported the Bursary Fund in gratitude for her time at North London. She is the Honorary Secretary of the Old North Londoner Association.

‘I had a fantastic time at North London and enjoyed every day of it. It gave me a great start in life and I felt it would be nice to be able to give something back and ensure that others have the same opportunity as I did.’

A North London parent writes about supporting Bursaries at the School:

‘We are very fortunate in having our daughters attend this school. The opportunities open to them are immense and they have taken great pleasure and pain (they do lots of sport!) in taking advantage of as many as they possibly can. I look at my daughters and sometimes envy them for what they have at hand. I, their mother, did not grow up in any such environment so I never knew what was missing in my life. Until now.

The decision to help the school by giving to the Bursary Fund was not a difficult one. We, our children included, feel very strongly about helping others, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. Children are the future and what better way can we possibly help them than by giving them the same opportunities that our children enjoy?

The Bursary Fund holds a child’s future in its hands and if we can help that child shape their future and take them into a more exciting and different world, a world full of opportunities and extraordinary experiences, then what can be more fulfilling than that?’

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