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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.