Two survivors of the Grenfell Tower Disaster have been supported by the Trust. Following the disaster, a free place at Wetherby School was offered to a child who lost a family member in the incident.
Another survivor of the incident was granted a 3 year 100% award at Portland Place School.
Henry Keighley-Elstub, Katy’s Headmaster
Katy is musical, sporty and dramatic. She is much liked by all teachers and the girls in her year group and has been a joy to have at Pembridge Hall. In two academic years, she has adapted to a very different and much more demanding curriculum, leading her to transition to a first class independent senior school, all the way through to the age of 18. I would like to thank the The Gold Standard Charitable Trust donors and trustees for their faith in the programme and the wonderful support they have given.
This boy has greatly benefitted from the Trust sponsored play therapy sessions. Therapy provides a way for a child to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. Children, naturally are able to communicate through play, processing their emotions and experiences. He has made dramatic improvements during the course of this therapy and I am certain the process has proven a powerful experience; the impact the sessions have on all areas of his and his family’s life has been huge.
From the parents of the student
"Our son is a child who requires significant SEN support, which, for now at least, is best served by external specialists outside of school. Unfortunately, the cost of such support is almost as much as the school fees. We simply have not been able to afford to pay both. The GSCT bursary has enabled our son to stay in the happy and social environment of the Falcons School whilst also benefiting from external specialist SEN support.
What a difference we are seeing this term! We have a happy and engaged child who is making real progress. It’s the perfect example of a school working in harmony with a family and a specialist group for the benefit of the child and it has all been made possible by the Gold Standard Charitable Trust. Thank you GSCT, we could not be happier or more grateful"
Headmaster of Wetherby Senior School
Max has had a real impact on the school community since joining us in September. He has embraced the academic challenges set by the teaching staff and has made great progress in all areas of the curriculum with his last report highlighting Maths and Latin as real strengths. It is a real credit to him that he has managed to maintain such high standards whilst taking on significant commitments both in and out of school. He is well known around the school for his contribution to the performing arts. He is hoping to take up the tuba and he has become heavily involved in school drama, playing the lead role for his Trib in the inter-Trib competition. In his first two terms at the School he appeared in the role of Jackie in the West End musical, Caroline, or Change at the Playhouse Theatre.
From Seth Bolderow
"He deservedly received promising reviews for his thoughtful portrayal of the character. I was lucky enough to be able to share the experience with him and meet other members of the cast and crew; it was impressive to see how comfortable he was in that world and he is right to have ambitions to do more. I am often asked by parents what makes a Wetherby boy and Max is one of the examples I like to give: he is engaged academically, he makes the most of the opportunities the school offers and he is an enthusiastic, kind and supportive member of the community who quickly made firm friendships with the other boys."
Headmistress from Falcons Prep School
Sam is a delightful boy and incredibly polite and grateful to all of his teachers. A real pleasure to teach. He is also both a natural and confident performer and an outstanding sportsman, making him a fantastic ambassador for the school. He relishes every opportunity thrown his way and attacks his learning with energy and dedication. A real success story, Sam has made good progress in all areas of the school. Most recently, he won the highest number of awards at our end of term prize giving assembly, including the titles of Junior Musician and Junior Sportsman of the Year. In addition to his sporting and academic achievements, Sam is also a kind and well-mannered boy.
From Olivia Buchanan
"Sam is always willing to offer a helping hand to those in need and this wonderful attitude lead him to win the Behavioural Award for Thoughtful Action at the same prize giving assembly. Including Sam, the Falcons School for Boys Bursary & Scholarship Fund is this year supporting three pupils on full awards - an astonishing achievement with the bursary fund still in its infancy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Trustees of the Gold Standard Charitable Trust for the wonderful support that they have given."
From Sam's Father
"Falcons Prep has been the best school for my son. He is really content and settled there. All of the boys are so polite and the teachers are doing an amazing job at instilling confidence in their students to become better leaders.
We are truly grateful to Falcons Prep School for the life changing support and guidance that has been offered to our son. We feel so very fortunate. Our only one wish is for Falcons Prep to open a Senior School so that Sam can continue with his learning in this wonderful environment."
Director of Music
Sam received the Music award for outstanding vocal performance in both rehearsal and actual shows for the Year 4 Musical Darwin Rocks. He displayed exceptional preparation, solid tuning and superb musicianship throughout his solo work and is also a fantastic ensemble performer. Sam is a real pleasure to teach and has such a wonderful affecting vocal tone.
Director of Sport
Sam won his Junior Sports award last term for his performances on the rugby pitch and in the swimming pool. He won a number of backstroke races at inter schools galas. Sam scored the most tries in his year group during the term.
Headmaster of Wetherby Senior School
Joshua has been a popular member of the Wetherby Senior community since he joined us in Year 9 and I was delighted when the Gold Standard Charitable Trust were able to support him with a bursary. Joshua has thrown himself into the life of the School. The academic staff enjoy teaching him as he is a dedicated and hardworking pupil. This was reflected in his most recent report and he was awarded the term prize for progress. Joshua plays a role in the wider life of the school: he is a member of the School Council and has shown himself to be a talented communicator in his work to improve and develop different areas of school life. He has involved himself in the Community Service group most notably working to raise donations for a local food bank.
From Seth Bolderow
"He is also a strong footballer, he lead his Trib to victory this year and has been a key member of the School team throughout his time here. Joshua has quietly and purposefully brought a great deal to Wetherby Senior School and we are delighted to have him."
From Demi’s Mother
"What an amazing two years my daughter has had at Pembridge Hall. It has been a delight to watch my little girl thrive. It took her a few months to find her way and make new friends but she was able to settle in nicely with the help and support of the teachers.
Thank you for seeing something extraordinary in Demi and giving her the opportunity of a private education. I will forever be grateful for all your help, support, advice and kindness. There is a beautiful team spirit at Pembridge Hall; everyone made an effort to help Demi settle in.
The bursary allowed Demi to take part in LAMDA, to which she is now working towards grade two. Demi loves drama and has decided to carry on with LAMDA when she starts senior school. She also had the opportunity to choose an instrument. She chose the violin and in a few months will have achieved Grade One.
Demi has had so many exciting experiences at Pembridge Hall. She is in the Chamber Choir and Senior Choir. She was the Captain of the hockey team. She really has thrown herself at every opportunity. I am very proud of her.
Demi’s attitude and approach to the 11+ exam was extraordinary. She takes a confident, mature approach. With the teachers and Mr Keighley-Elstub’s help, Demi has been offered a place at Queen’s College on a 100% bursary. I cannot explain how much this means to us. Demi is so excited she is already planning her journey to her new school.
Once again, I would like to thank you for helping me prepare my daughter for the big journey ahead of her; the opportunity given to her at Pembridge Hall has been life changing."