The Wickwar Education Foundation
The Wickwar Education Foundation is the legacy of Alexander Hosea who founded the village school in 1684 and wanted to support the education of Wickwar’s young people.
Each year the trustees of the foundation award grants to ex- Alexander Hosea pupils to assist with their further education ( and can include costs associated with apprenticeships or college/university courses) ,and travel projects, such as World Challenge. In addition to this motorcycle and pre-17 driving courses can be subsidised.
A set amount of money has been given to Alexander Hosea School each term for the benefit of the children. In the last few years it was agreed that the foundation would support a specific project each year instead. In the 2015/16 school year, a Year of Science was held, various workshops including forensic science and a visit by the Bloodhound project were enjoyed by the children. In the 2016/17 school year the money was used to fund visits to the school by Tom Robson, who is an internationally acclaimed inspirational speaker. In the 2017/18 school year, as part of the 'Year of IT', the money was used to fund the Aardman Animation workshops which were run at the school on the 1st and 2nd May 2018.”
In the 2018/19 school year, as part of the 'Year of the Arts', the money was used to fund music lessons for all pupils. These took place over the course of the whole academic year, with each year group getting the opportunity to have weekly lessons on an instrument for a term. In the Autumn Term, Year 6 learned the saxophone and Year 5 learned the cello. In the Spring Term Year 3 learned the African drums and Year 2 learned the recorder. In the Summer Term, Year 4 learned STOMP and Reception and Year 1 had “Beat Bus” sessions where they used percussion instruments.
Each year financial support is considered, where there is severe financial need, to try and ensure that all Year 5 and Year 6 pupils can attend the school residential trips. These are one of the highlights of the children’s experience of Alexander Hosea School.
More information on the above, as well as the grant application forms can be found by clicking this link for the Wickwar Educational Foundation website.