I can safely say that I would not have had the opportunity to attend Penrhos College without the Assisted Place scheme. Being a Penrhosian undoubtedly gave me the best start in life and the tools I needed to make my way in the world – and to have the confidence to define my own version of success.
I was able to develop strong leadership skills through my roles as House Captain and ultimately Head Girl, and I was able to contribute in a wide variety of ways, including helping to run the Amnesty Group and the Charity Committee, and being involved in the many ways the school supported the local community.
The impact of the Assisted Place scheme reaches far beyond the one student. It also impacts many others because of what that student is able to go on and achieve. The values that Rydal Penrhos instilled in me have shaped me as a person. I live to those values every day in my role as a Pro Bono Partner in a Sydney law firm where I lead the firm’s contribution to the community through pro bono legal work and charitable contribution.
I know how life changing a scheme like this can be, and because of that I am personally supporting the campaign to make sure other children are given the opportunities that I benefited from.
Penrhos College 1992-99
I donate to the Donald Hughes Campaign for Assisted Places in memory of my late husband Thomas Fletcher. Tom was born in Ghana in 1942 to a West African mother and an English father. He was sent to England at the age of 8 for his education. He attended Rydal at the age of 13. His time there was very happy and he did well . He particularly excelled at sport and eventually became Head boy.
When Tom was 16 his father, due to various circumstances, found he could no longer afford the school fees and Donald Hughes generously paid for the remainder of Tom’s education at Rydal. It was an extraordinary act of kindness which allowed Tom to continue his education and to go on to do medicine at St Mary’s Hospital in London. Tom was always grateful and asked me to donate to Rydal if anything should happen to him. Sadly, Tom died in 2015 at the age of 73. He had a successful career and he was a devoted husband and father. I donate montly to the Donald Hughes fund and would urge others to do the same. It is a wonderful opportunity to give other pupils the same help, should they need it .
Wife of Thomas Fletcher, Rydal School 1955-61
The decision to send my child to Rydal Penrhos should have been a simple one. I knew that the small class sizes, high academic standards and the pastoral support really would give him the opportunity to thrive and realise his true potential. However, as a single parent on a low income this option was not available without financial assistance. Thanks to the support that we have been given, my child is excelling beyond his wildest dreams. He works hard, and he is encouraged at every stage, getting top marks in his academic work as well as achieving success on the sports field. His confidence continues to grow, and I know that he will go on to do great things in the future thanks to this opportunity that he has been given.
This help, during a period of extreme financial stress, has given my child access to an amazing education which would otherwise have been out of reach. Thank you to every single person who supports this campaign. It is because of you that children like mine are able to make the most of the incredible opportunities that a Rydal Penrhos education provides. To my son and I, this means the world.
Parent of current Rydal Penrhos pupil