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King Edward’s School, Birmingham has celebrated the completion of a £10m fundraising campaign with a special event hosted by Lee Child, a former pupil, one of the world’s bestselling authors and the creator of Jack Reacher. The event celebrated the

completion of the school’s Assisted Places 100 (AP100) Campaign, for which Lee Child is one of 12 alumni Ambassadors. The AP100 Campaign has raised over £10m in the last six years and will fund 100 Assisted Places in the school, doubling the number of Assisted Places available and making King Edward’s one of the most accessible independent schools in the country. John Claughton, chief master of

King Edward’s School, said: “This is one of the most successful fundraising campaigns ever undertaken by an independent day school. However, it isn’t about numbers. It is about boys and their lives. Now we have achieved our goal, 100 boys from a wide range of backgrounds and communities in Birmingham and beyond will receive a life-changing education. I had such an education here 40 years ago and it did that for me – and so many of my contemporaries.

give in gratitude for the education which they received and to offer other boys the chance they had. “There are over 1,500 donors and

over 30 alumni are funding individual boys through the school, a remarkable commitment. “King Edward’s School is now

the most socially and ethnically diverse independent school in this country and this campaign has been the best and most important thing to happen to this school in the last 50 years. “As I leave after a decade as

Lee Child (left) with John Claughton

‘This is one of the most successful fundraising campaigns ever undertaken by an independent day school’

“None of this would be possible

without the remarkable support we have received from our alumni and other supporters. Those donors

chief master, I am immensely proud of what we have all done together and boys from this school will go on to do great things for their communities, this city and this country. This really is a wonderful achievement, but it is only a start and the drive for accessibility will remain central to King Edward’s School in the future.” Lee Child attended King

Edward’s School from 1965 to 1973 and was, like his two brothers, the recipient of a free place. He was also awarded a Foundation scholarship. Following a law degree and 18 years at Granada Television, in 1997 he wrote the first in a series of now 21 Jack Reacher books.

Pathway to online networking

An innovative way of bringing businesses together has been launched in Birmingham by Chamber member Pathway2Grow, which is launching a new approach to networking and is looking for partners to work on a project that has already been successfully run in London and Worcestershire. It combines regular meetings

with online links such as Facebook, whatsapp and LinkedIn. “Our aim is to create simply

great events for business owners,” said Safaraz Ali, founder of Pathway2Grow. “Businesses tell us that

networking is the best way to win work but we also know that many people want a different approach to what is already available and so we have developed a new way, based upon ‘coffee and natter’ sessions linked with an on-line community.” ‘Coffee and Natter’ meetings

usually take place every month and are free to attend. There is usually a guest speaker and a book review on a business related topic.

To find out more call 0121 707 0550 or 0797 460751 or email on

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