The origins of the Richmond School Trust can be traced back to the governing body of the Free Grammar School, founded in 1566/67 by the “bailiffs and
burgesses of Richmond”.
The original endowments were derived from some of the property seized in 1544 by the Richmond Corporation, when it suppressed six of the nine Richmond
chantries. To these were later added two charitable bequests, one by Dr John Bathurst (an old boy of the School and physician to Oliver Cromwell), who died
in 1659 and in his Will left £12 per annum to maintain two poor scholars at Cambridge University and to put one poor boy a year to be an apprentice; and the
other by Hannah Brackenbury of Hove*, who, in 1873, left £1,600 to found three exhibitions tenable at the Universities of Oxford and Durham. Under the
“Scheme regulating the Foundation called“ Richmond Grammar School” dated 4th August 1914 are listed several benefactors, including Hannah
Brackenbury, and it is stated that “these Foundations and endowments shall henceforth be one Foundation, and shall be administered under this Scheme, under
the name of Richmond Grammar School, hereinafter called the Foundation”.
The Charity of Sir Thomas Wharton of Gilling was founded in 1875 and in 1942 the School’s endowments were increased by the funds which provided the
Ellerton Scripture Scholarship but shortly afterwards, under the terms of the Education Act of 1944, the old governing body ceased to have any
responsibility for the maintenance and running of Richmond School, Yorkshire, which was granted ‘controlled status’ and administered and financed as a
grammar school for boys by the North Riding of Yorkshire Education Committee. All the Foundations and Charities were amalgamated in 1960. The governing
body (known as the ‘Endowment Governors’) continued to manage this small endowment fund. An occasional Brackenbury Exhibition was awarded and in 1969 the
first Brackenbury Foreign Travel and Study Award was made to a former pupil; small grants were also made to the School for specific purposes
The Endowment Governors had actually continued to be the legal owners of the Grammar School until the North Riding Education Committee, in the late 1960s,
adopted a plan for comprehensive education in the Country, under which it proposed to amalgamate the Richmond Grammar School, the Richmond High School for
Girls and the Richmond County Modern School. The plan required the North Riding Education Committee to purchase the property still owned by the Endowment
Governors, whose funds were in consequence considerably increased, and a new scheme for the administration of the Richmond School endowments was drawn up
and eventually sealed by the Department of Education and Science on 29th December 1972 when the Richmond School Trust came into being.
(From notes compiled by Dr T G Bishop – former Chairman of the Richmond School Trust in 1980)
Brackenbury Awards have continued to be made over the years but they are awarded, on the advice of the Headmaster, to students at universities or colleges
of higher or further education. As at 2014, the Award is for £500 each year for three years but the student must provide Trustees with a short reference
from their Tutor to confirm the student is still pursuing his/her course, and progressing well.
The Brackenbury Travel Awards are granted to students at universities or other colleges of higher or further education. Candidates for the award must have
spent at least one year at Richmond School and the award is intended to assist the student to travel, usually, but not necessarily, abroad, to pursue a
project which is an integral part of his or her higher education course. The project must be approved in writing by the student’s academic tutor and the
student must submit a report of about 1,500 words to the Trustees on his/her return.
*Hannah Brackenbury (also Brakenbury) was born in 1795 in Richmond, Yorkshire, the daughter of a doctor, and died in 1873 in Port Slade, Hove, Sussex.
Hannah was unmarried but inherited her Uncle James’s fortune which was so great that she was able to give £100,000 away during her lifetime. Apart from the
£1,600 she gave to Richmond School she also supported Balliol College where there is a Brackenbury Scholarship funded to this day from her bequest, and
some of the buildings are named after the family. Durham University was also a recipient as well as scholarships she funded at St Bartholomew’s Hospital
and Manchester Medical School. Hannah also founded a primary school in Portslade, Sussex
Some Members of the Trust are co-opted from the community and from time to time a vacancy occurs. When this happens the vacancy will be posted on the school's website, here with instructions on how to apply.