Legacies for Bursaries
We are grateful to the following Old Abingdonians who have made a provision in their Will for bursaries and have agreed to let us share their story:
Peter Kandiah (OA 1959)
Peter was a ‘scholarship boy’ from Abingdon Town who went to Abingdon School in the 1950s. His education, along with that of many of his friends, was funded by the State. This was the case for those who passed the scholarship exam at 11+ or 13+. That is, until 1976, when the direct grant system was abolished, and Abingdon School became independent.
Following his education at Abingdon, Peter trained as a solicitor and spent a long career overseas practising law. “Fate has been kind to me, and I am now in a position to give back to the School so that another boy may have the same educational opportunities that I had.”
Peter has made an inflation-linked provision in his will, sufficient to cover the fees of a day boy at Abingdon for seven years. By funding a means-tested bursary through a legacy, Peter knows that, after his lifetime, he will help one bright boy from Abingdon Town gain access to an Abingdon education and the opportunities it affords.
Simon Hills (OA 1975)
Simon arrived at Abingdon School in 1968 from one of the Town’s primary schools. ‘I did not shine academically,’ – he insists, with characteristic self-deprecation – ‘but I was a staunch supporter of the School Council and a keen member of the CCF and hung around enough at RAF Abingdon to cadge a few flights in Hercules aircraft ’.
A subsequent flying scholarship gave Simon a stepping stone to his university air squadron, and later, after business school, Simon went to work in the City. He is now at the British Bankers’ Association, influencing the development of regulatory policy in the wake of the global financial crisis.
Like so many OAs, Simon was a beneficiary of the Direct Grant System, before it was abolished in 1976. He and many other boys, from a diversity of backgrounds, gained the advantage of an Abingdon education. To help Abingdon continue to give financial assistance to worthy boys whose families cannot afford the full cost of an Abingdon education, Simon has left a legacy provision in his will for the School’s bursary scheme.