In my 23 years as Director of Development at Watson’s, I have witnessed the enormous impact of our Foundation Places Programme. I am proud to have been part of the Foundation’s incredible journey, and I would like to appeal to you to help the Foundation to extend its reach and continue to provide life changing opportunities for future generations of pupils.
Lesley McKean (née Scott, Class of 1981)
Director of Development
Via the Annual Fund, we have helped to change lives by providing Foundation Places for deserving children. By making a donation to our Foundation Places scheme today you are giving a child the opportunity of a Watson's education. In Session 2016/17, 157 pupils, who may not have otherwise been able to take up their place, were able to attend Watson's with the help of the Foundation Places programme, made possible with your support.
Your donations also assist our capital building programme. This is an on-going process and we work to maintain our extensive grounds, buildings and facilities on our single site.
Where the School Needs it Most
The School’s area of greatest need is constantly changing and is assessed regularly. Unrestricted donations help us make improvements where they are needed most so Watson’s can continue to be one of the best educators in Scotland and the UK.
"Watson's showed me I was valued, and I was in turn able to value myself. Unfortunately a good education is not available to all. I was lucky, and I am grateful for the guidance, education, confidence and for being fortunate enough, due to the existence of the Foundation. Long may it continue."
Debbie Butts, Foundationer (Class of 2005)
Since leaving Watson's, Debbie worked in music for a number of years before completing a degree in Politics and International Relations. She now makes documentaries.
"To be at Watson's is a gift. To be at Watson's is a privilege. Our past tells us the remarkable story of a school set up to offer an education and hope to some of the least fortunate. The Family Foundation exists to ensure that our future does the same.
It is our duty as Watsonians to give the opportunity of a good education to others, just as it has been given to us."
Matthew McPherson, Foundationer (Class of 2005)
Matthew has since completed a degree and is now a Police Officer.