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Thomas's Foundation operates in London and Nepal. We deliver the three core programmes listed below, to provide educational opportunities which help pupils to reach their full potential.

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Thomas’s Foundation offers bursaries to pupils joining Thomas’s Battersea in Year 7 with the possibility of joining

Year 9 at Thomas's College. Bursaries are available, the amount being dependent on a family’s income, assets and circumstances. Thomas’s Foundation also helps bursary recipients with additional costs such as uniforms, books and school trips.

If you would like more information on Bursary applications please contact Thomas’s Foundation, Administrator,

Lucy Horstead on 020 3327 4691.  Lucy will be pleased to help with any additional questions you may have.

If you would like to support Foundation Bursaries please contact Liz Woodcock, Executive Director on 020 3327 4177.

"Thomas's motivated me, inspired me, fuelled me."

Naseem Moumene, Bursary Recipient

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Thomas’s Foundation provides programmes that meet the greatest needs of local primary-aged school children in the immediate neighbourhoods of Thomas’s London Day Schools, located in Battersea, Clapham, Fulham and Kensington. Through community partnerships, Thomas’s Foundation gives pupils access to inspiring and stimulating educational opportunities, which build self esteem and encourage a love of learning. More than 100 dedicated volunteers from the Thomas’s community work closely to identify, develop and manage a broad range of community partnership projects.


Thomas’s Foundation funds programmes in the fields of art, drama, music, sport, outdoor learning and academic support (STEM, literacy, language).

  • More than 45% of the school children in our programmes have two free school meals a day – breakfast and lunch.

  • The  children we support have limited access to out of school or outdoor activities

  • The children we support have little exposure to art, dance, drama or music

  • The overwhelming majority of  children with whom we work  speak English as a second language

  • Literacy rates in London are declining. Disadvantaged children are less likely to have books of their own or to read with their parents. Once they fall behind it becomes difficult to catch up, which impacts their overall learning. There is a direct link between low literacy levels and unemployment.


We are always delighted to discuss new initiatives or grant giving opportunities for programmes. Please contact us if you are a school or community centre, or a provider of programmes in the fields of art, music, performing arts, sport or learning support. Funding for projects ranges from £250 to £5,000.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please download the Apply for Funding Form, which contains notes on the information Thomas’s Foundation requires.

If you have received funding and have completed a project, please download the Evaluation Form. Your evaluation will help Thomas’s Foundation assess the effectiveness of the project for future funding.

In addition to giving grants to help fund more than 60 educational programmes annually, Thomas’s Foundation designs and develops its own projects, which include:

If you would like to support Community Partnerships please contact Liz Woodcock, Executive Director on 020 3327 4177.

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Thomas’s London Day Schools’ links with Nepal originated in the 1950s when David Thomas, a founding Principal of Thomas’s, served for ten years as an officer in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles. The CAIRN Trust was founded in 2007, with the aim of supporting and enriching the education of children in rural Nepal.

CAIRN is driven by Thomas’s Foundation's vision that every child deserves an enriching education. CAIRN seeks to bring about this vision by focusing on and supporting quality education in the hill villages of rural Nepal.

CAIRN is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 - “Quality Education” The UN states: “Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development”

CAIRN carefully selects and monitors its projects, which are implemented through local, highly experienced NGO partners in Nepal. Relationships with these NGO partners are established, nurtured and monitored by CAIRN’s Programme Director, who is accountable to the Executive Director, Chairman and Board of Trustees of Thomas’s Foundation.


CAIRN focuses on improving literacy and access to quality education in rural communities through two core programmes.

If you would like to support CAIRN please contact Liz Woodcock, Executive Director on 020 3327 4177.

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