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Newbury Weekly News 16th November 2000
Berkshire pupils still benefit from West's Gift legacy after 275
THAN 275 years after the death of a childless Newbury couple,
youngsters from Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford are receiving
a public school education supported by an endowment in their
The Wests' Gifts now funds 63 places at Christ's Hospital, Horsham,
West Sussex, for children from the Newbury area, as well as
Reading, Richmond, Twickenham, and descendants of the West family,
many of whom live in Berkshire or Hampshire.
The Wests' Gifts were established following the deaths of John
and Frances West when they left their money entirely for charitable
purposes. In accordance with their wishes the income of the
couple's benevolence is now used for the education of children
at Christ's Hospital, and also for the payment of pensions to
deserving old people who can prove their relationship to the
Currently, the education of 40 per cent of the school's pupils
is totally supported by the Christ's Hospital Foundation, while
about three-quarters of pupil's parents earn less than the National
Average Family Income.
In 2000, 95 per cent of pupils taking GCSE were graded A-C,
while 98 per cent of pupils sitting A-Levels achieved A-E grades.
Nearly all pupils enter higher education after leaving from
year 13, with currently 50-60 per cent entering immediately
and the remainder after a gap year.
"I came to Christ's Hospital from St.Joseph's in Newbury.
The thing I enjoy most is sport and at Christ's Hospital there
is a lot on offer. Boarding offers great opportunities of all
kinds - academic, leisure, social and life-long friendships,"
said 16-year-old pupil Peter Rosier.
Another pupil from the Newbury area, 15-year-old Sarah Nash,
added: "It is good to have a closer link with my home town
of Newbury through the school. I feel special to be in this
group of nominees and because there are so many of us, I do
not feel alone."
Parents of children who enter the school under the Wests' Gifts
scheme are granted 50 per cent reduction on their financial
contributions to fees, which itself is assessed according to
income, with the balance funded by the Wests' Gifts.
Preference for admission is given to families in financial,
social or other need. Applications for entry into Year Seven
in September 2001 need to be made by the end of this month.
Children sit a residential entrance exam in January, and candidates
who reached a qualifying level will be eligible for admission.
There is also entry at sixth-form level (Year 12) under the
Wests' Gifts scheme, subject to good GCSE grades.
For more information on how to apply, contact the admissions
officer at Christ's Hospital on (01403) 211293, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or via the website: www.christs-hospital.org.uk .
the Newbury Weekly News, Thursday November 2nd, 2000
Dr. Sue Farrant presenting badges to Newbury pupils attending Christ's
Eileen Forsey, Matthew Tyce and Dennis Savage.
Mayors hand out silver awards to Wests' Gift scholars.
FROM Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford recently visited Christ's
Hospital in Sussex to present the school's newest West Berkshire
Wests' Gift scholars with their silver shoulder badges.
Scholars from Newbury who started at the school in September
at the age of 11 were then presented with their Wests' Gift
badges by Newbury's mayor, Dr. Sue Farrant, while those
from Thatcham received theirs from the town's mayor, Mr
Afterwards the visitors watched the daily tradition of lunch
parade, when all 800 pupils march into lunch to the accompaniment
of the school band, before enjoying a special lunch in the
Court Room with headteacher Dr. Peter Southern and several
senior Wests' Gift pupils. They also
observed a music lesson, and were given a tour of Coleridge
A, one of the girls' boarding houses, named after the 18th-century
poet Samuel Coleridge who was a Christ's Hospital scholar.
Newbury's connection with Christ's Hospital dates back to
1720 when Newbury businessman John West and his wife Frances
made a bequest to fund places at the Bluecoat boarding school
for local children.
Recently, the Wests' Gift Foundation announced that it was
to offer an additional 12 places to children from the Newbury
area, after the sale of a number of properties in central
London, including leasehold interests in the Queens and
Gielgud Theatres in the West End.
the Newbury Library brochure - July 2000
and produced by "The Little Design Shop"
In her quest
for fame, Eileen makes the front page at last!
News - January 8 1998
may not be Champion of the World but eight-year-old Eileen
Forsey is the grand winner of Ottakars bookshop's Roald Dahl
Christmas competition. Certainly no Twit, Eileen correctly
answered five literary questions and finished a tie-breaking
sentence to collect her Giant Peach of a prize: a limited
edition boxed set of Roald Dahl books.
Ottakars manager Mr Maurice Tattersdill said "We had
hundreds of entries and Eileen seemed very happy to win. The
boxed set of Roald Dahl books is one of only 500 and I imagine
it will become a family heirloom."
Unfortunately for Eileen, the £1000 boxed set does not
come with a lifetime's supply of Willy Wonka's chocolate.
Pictured above is the Ottakars manager Mr Maurice Tattersdill
presenting Eileen Forsey with her Roald Dahl prize.
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