David Levin

… makes private school­ing more af­ford­able

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

WHILE OVER 150 City of Lon­don School hope­fuls were sit­ting the school’s schol­ar­ship exam on Mon­day, one per­son par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the out­come was head­mas­ter David Levin.

In 2001, Mr Levin set up the school’s schol­ar­ship scheme, whereby spon­sors agree to pay a boy’s fees for the full seven years of school­ing from age 11. This year, Mr Levin says he is hop­ing that an in­creased num­ber of places will be avail­able, af­ter he per­suaded the Cor­po­ra­tion of Lon­don to pro­vide fur­ther fund­ing.

He tells Peo­ple: “From Septem­ber 2007, there will be 103 meanstested boys in the school on full-fee schol­ar­ships, and 27 on sub­stan­tial schol­ar­ships. By the time th­ese 130 boys have fin­ished at City, £10.8 mil­lion would have been spent on their ed­u­ca­tion.”

Mr Levin, 57, who has been head at the school since 1999, points out that there are cur­rently close to 200 Jewish pupils at the school — 20 per cent of the to­tal num­ber of stu­dents.

“I feel the school should be open to any­one who can ben­e­fit from it, and I be­lieve the schol­ar­ship scheme is the best way for­ward,” he says. “A num­ber of other schools are start­ing to talk about sim­i­lar schemes but with lit­tle ac­tion.

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