300 years ago, Edward Colston had a vision that education was central to life chances.
The foundation of Colston’s School in 1710, overseen by the Society of Merchant Venturers, immediately impacted on the lives of 100 poor boys from the City of Bristol.
Colston’s School, in the modern age is an all age, co-educational, family school promoting an ‘Education for Life’. We are committed to developing young people and challenging them to be the best they can be. A Colston’s education has the power to impact on lives as it did 300 years ago.
The Colston’s Foundation is, without doubt, an initiative clearly aligned with both the intentions and vision of our Founder.
To create a sustainable income to support bursaries designed to widen access to a Colston’s education.
To maintain and extend our social diversity, to enable boys and girls from modest families to access educational opportunities which would not normally be affordable. I, for one, have no doubt that these opportunities will change lives.
The Foundation will seek to invite all former pupils who are able and willing to enable others to access a Colston’s education. Their generosity will, I hope, reflect the tradition set by those who have supported the school over the last 300 years.
It is time for those who have benefited from the school to be able to give something back. In this, the school’s motto, ‘Go and Do Thou Likewise’ represents a call to every former pupil.
I commend the Foundation to you and would thank all those who have supported our work to date.