Donor Case Studies

Glenn Earle

Glenn Earle holds Board or Trustee positions at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, The Royal National Theatre and Teach First and has spent more than 30 years in Finance. Glenn and his wife Phyllida’s two daughters were educated at Sevenoaks School and are both now teachers in the East End of London.

‘The lack of social mobility in this country is a huge issue. Many steps need to be taken to address this. Two things, though, are crystal clear: firstly, education is absolutely critical in unlocking potential and secondly, educational opportunity is not fairly distributed. I sense that Sevenoaks is an excellent institution that wants to do the right thing and has a strong meritocratic ethos at its heart. Phyllida and I wanted to help Sevenoaks do its bit for social mobility through education by giving the opportunity for some bright young people who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to experience the first-class, life-changing education that Sevenoaks offers.'

To encourage other donors to help, Glenn and Phyllida set up a Challenge Fund offering to match donations up to a total value of £100,000. The school community responded, surpassing this target, which has opened up more opportunities to offer bursaries.

Our bursary committment

The school’s commitment to widening access has seen its expenditure on bursaries significantly increase since 2004, with one in 20 students now receiving financial support. With the continuing support of donors we aim to double this by 2021.