70th anniversary and the formation of the Anthony Morris Foundation

Thursday March 28, 2019

2019 is a significant year in the history of Concord College as the school is celebrating its 70th anniversary. A major event to mark the occasion will be a large celebration dinner on August 31st 2019, which will be attended by alumni and guests from the local area, the UK and all over the world. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Anthony Morris Foundation which has been set up in honour of former Principal Mr Tony Morris (pictured above), who worked at the college for 40 years. The first Anthony Morris Foundation scholarships will be awarded to students joining this September. The newly established foundation has been in the planning and creation for the last five years.  This has been mainly through a strong overseas network to enable sufficient funds to be raised to start awarding the scholarships for sixth form boarders. The Concord College Anthony Morris Foundation aims to raise funds to enable young people with truly exceptional academic ability - but whose families might not otherwise be able to afford the fees - to attend Concord. The goal through the foundation is to develop a scholarship programme that will provide a growing number of awards each year. It is hoped that such scholars will thrive as individuals at Concord and that they will also bring great credit to Concord by setting an outstanding example to those around them. Mr Morris, who was Principal at Concord from 1975 to 2005, is described by his successor Mr Neil Hawkins as a man of ‘huge warmth, expertise and experience whose passion for Concord is extraordinary.’ Said Mr Hawkins: “During his time at Concord the school developed enormously, becoming internationally recognised for high standards and for its friendly welcoming atmosphere. “In recognition of Mr Morris’ amazing contribution to Concord, this foundation has been established in his name.  It is our goal that this foundation will change the lives of young people.” Said Mr Morris in a video talking about the foundation: “I am very proud of what we have achieved and what we continue to achieve. “The facilities are now superb and I think as good as anywhere among British independent schools. Through the years we have always provided some financial assistance to students and their families in the form of scholarships and bursaries. “But we now wish to expand on this by setting up a scholarship scheme in my name. We have spoken to many alumni and some of them have made very large contributions to our fund to assist students to come to Concord and benefit from the education that we provide. “We are happy to accept whatever people are able to give to us.  We are hoping that we can attract some very high calibre students and give them the opportunity to study at Concord to achieve excellent A level results and then go on to university. “So I would like all those alumni to think very carefully about whether they could provide some funds so that the scholarships will take the form of assisting new students from a background we don’t know about yet, though they would have to be interviewed and tested. “We want, very importantly, to help the children or even the grandchildren of old students to have the opportunity to join us.” Mr Morris and Mr Hawkins both alluded to Concord’s academic results with students producing ‘astonishing’ GCSE and A level performances before going on to attend top universities in the UK and around the world. Concord is not only ranked highly in UK school league tables, but perhaps even more impressively ‘The Good Schools Guide’ has described the college as ‘near perfect, in a league of its own and where the next generation of global high flyers is being nurtured.’ Furthermore, the latest Independent Schools Inspectorate report confirms that the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is ‘excellent’ and that the quality of pupils’ personal development is ‘excellent.’ These are the only two criteria against which educational quality is measured by the inspectorate and ‘excellent’ is the highest grade that can be awarded. If you would like to read more about why some of the Founder Donors have donated to the foundation, click here. To read more about the foundation itself or make a donation, please click here.