We make no apology for ambitiously aiming to create a bursary fund large enough to provide financial support so no child is denied the education they deserve. In order for us to achieve this mission we need support from the Hymers Community. The provision of bursaries supports social mobility and is central to Hymers' ethos. Currently 12% of our student body are currently receiving some form of financial assistance at a cost of £1 million. Developing a sustainable bursary income will ensure that Hymers remains a vibrant educational environment, reflecting diversity and promoting inclusion.
Hymers College was established under the will of Reverend John Hymers as a school “ For the training of intelligence in whatever social rank of life it may be found” and since opening in 1893 it has remained true to his wishes. Hymers College is not a school for bright and wealthy children. We want to be able to give families choices and creating futures and recognise potential across all sections of our society. There is no difference in student status or treatment – everyone here benefits from a shining future with dedicated teachers, coaches and pastoral care to enable all to thrive.
We make no apology for ambitiously aiming to create a bursary fund large enough to provide financial support so no child is denied the education they deserve. In order for us to achieve this mission, we need support from the Hymers Community. The provision of bursaries supports social mobility and is central to Hymers' ethos. Currently, 12% of our student body are currently receiving some form of financial assistance at a cost of £1 million. Developing a sustainable bursary income will ensure that Hymers remains a vibrant educational environment, reflecting the diversity and promoting inclusion. Life here is never one-dimensional, but multi-dimensional. It is all-encompassing and inclusive – no one is ever on the bench.
This in turn will secure the School’s position ensuring it is full of the brightest children, not the richest, which will allow us to drive our standards and harness talent. The school has championed social mobility for bright children of Hull and East Yorkshire regardless of background, for many years through our bursary programme, which we wish to continue to offer with the help of regular giving and generous legacy donations from Old Hymerians.
Where you come from is not the point. Where you are going, is.
"Growing up on an inner-city council estate does not give you many prospects. From a single parent family with benefits as our only source of income, it is hard to switch your focus from carefully planning the household meals to future academic and professional plans for the kids. Were it not for a chance conversation at the school gates with another parent who had heard about Hymers and the assistance they can offer, I am certain my life would have continued on the inevitable path I felt it was already treading. The assistance offered meant I was able to attend Hymers and gain an educational advantage that has lasted. Over and above the levels of teaching Hymers offered, the environment of being around other pupils with an equally inquisitive nature was a vast difference to what I was used to. While education alone is no silver bullet (I still had some very close calls to a very different life path), the opportunity value is immeasurably great and has been instrumental in my career to date."
OH 2008- 2012
"I was lucky enough to get a bursary position at Hymers many years ago now. My time at the school really set me up for a great future and really taught me how to push myself and perform at the best of my ability. From sports and music all the way through to academic studies I wouldn't of been able to receive such a fantastic education at any other school in Hull. The excellent teaching staff would always inspire me and help me with any issues in personal or school life and I will never forget some of the wise words Mr Thompson (Physics, retired 2017) taught me! After school my Hymers education helped me secure places in study programs and career opportunities just by having the name on my CV. People are even more impressed when they learn I was a scholarship student! I couldn't recommend applying for the bursary scheme anymore as it will be the best school years of your life."
"A Hymers bursary in the 1990s helped me stay at the institution during a difficult time in my family's life - something 2020 has taught us can happen to anyone. This continuity helped me succeed in my studies and go on to a career in Education myself. If my time teaching in Hull, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok and Frankfurt has taught me anything - it is that talent is widely distributed but opportunity is not. Hymers was founded on the mission of "...the training of intelligence in whatever social rank of life it may be found among the vast and varied population of the town and port of Hull". Bursaries are a key mechanism for Hymers College to realise this mission"
"Receiving a bursary to attend Hymers from Junior School through to Sixth form is something that I am incredibly grateful for. Coming from a proudly working class household and being immersed in a private school environment for the majority of my childhood was admittedly multifaceted. However, Hymers provided me with opportunities that would have been significantly harder to access otherwise and with friends that I am still close to. Since leaving Hymers in 2016 I became the first person in my family to attend university, achieving a first class law degree and have worked at a top global law firm. I am currently studying for a master's degree, a path I don't think my life would have taken without the doors that Hymers opened to me. The provision of means-tested bursaries are vital in improving access to private education, they have the potential to be transformative."
"Having spent three years in the Junior School at Hymers, the time came for me to sit the Eleven Plus as the secondary school selection exam was known in the 1960s. Not only did I pass this but was also awarded both a local authority scholarship and a Hymers' College Governors' Scholarship, the precursor to the modern Bursary scheme. As a result of this, I enjoyed seven years at Hymers, including two years in the Sixth Form, leading to some degree of success in my 'A' Level exams. Rather than going to University, I decided to go straight into full-time employment and joined Midland Bank in Hull. I spent the rest of my working life in Finance, moving on from banking to school finance in the mid-1990s.
Having experienced at first hand the benefits of (in effect) a Bursary scheme, and having supported Hymers in many of their fundraising schemes during the intervening period since I left, I thought that the least I could do was to help other students who would benefit from a Bursary and for this reason I am pleased to support the College's latest initiative and hope that many former pupils will feel the same way."
"I would just like to let you know how the Hymers Bursary I received made such a massive difference to my life.I lived at home with just my Mother and Brother on the outskirts of Hull, near the border with Cottingham. Mother worked hard as a secretary in an insurance firm in Hull to bring us up as best she could, on her own. She managed to get my elder brother into Hymers and paid for him. When it was my turn, she couldn't afford two lots of school fees on her wages, so applied for the bursary, which because of our circumstances, we got.I started in the Junior school in 1958 and went through until 5th form in 1965. (What a fabulous last year being in Alex Sutton's first form in the school) I have to say I didn't appreciate being there at the time, as I was a “Big” lad and took lots of stick, as I tried every trick in the book to avoid any kind of sport at every opportunity, which obviously didn't go down well at a school so recognised for it sporting prowess! However, the education and life skills training I received carried me well into local & national business and also into my personal life.
I would not be in the fortunate position I am today, if it had not been for the Bursary we received and I am so pleased to still be in touch with the school's alumni and also many of my peers from 55 years ago"
Long may it continue.