Top British school offers Hong Kong pupils study grant

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 5:52am

A top British independent school has announced its first bursary solely for Hong Kong pupils.

The grant, offered by Charterhouse School, covers the full tuition and boarding for one pupil, and his family's financial situation will be taken into account in the selection process. Offspring of tycoons need not apply.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor sent one of her sons to the school, which was founded in 1611. A large number of Hong Kong families had also chosen to enrol their children in it, and the grant was to recognise the "immense contribution" the Hong Kong community had made to campus life.

It is also part of a programme to celebrate the 400-year history of the school, which already offers 55 means-tested bursaries in Britain.

"This is for someone [other than] tycoons," for those who are "less well off who wouldn't have a chance to go to Charterhouse," said the school's associate development director, Alastair James.

This is for someone [other than] tycoons ... less well off who wouldn't have a chance to go to Charterhouse
Charterhouse associate development director, Alastair James

The school charges boarders £31,680 (HK$372,700) a year.

"We are looking for someone who has a good command of spoken and written English, strong academic ability and is a hard worker.

"We'd like somebody who's got a good interest in things such as sport or music, something that distinguishes him or her from others," James said.

Due to a possible large number of applicants, the school has hired an agent in Hong Kong to select pupils as well as to speak with some of the schools in Hong Kong to identify potential candidates, he said.