The Silk Fund
A capital fund to widen entry and fund talented boys whose families could not otherwise afford the fees
It is 25 years since the Silk Fund was launched in 1991. Dennis Silk retired in the summer of 1991 and asked that, instead of receiving a cash gift himself from well-wishers, a fund should be set up to provide bursaries for the talented sons of parents who could not otherwise afford the school fees. Since then the capital in the fund has grown to over £2 million, and 17 boys have received awards out of the income from the Fund.
“Without the Silk Fund I would have been unable to go to Radley. As my father died a few years before I came, the financial assistance helped enormously with the termly fees and meant that I did not have to worry about my financial future. Instead I tried to make the most of everything Radley had to offer. From the cricket field to the fives court, the Grapevine Society to the sixth form lecture series, I enjoyed opportunities which would otherwise have been denied to me. Radley also turned me around academically: from Shell 4 to a place at Oxford to read History, by way of some pretty good exam results. I enjoyed my time at Radley hugely, and am enormously grateful for the help from the Silk Fund which enabled me to do so.” Johnnie Heath, 1999 A
“The Silk Fund allowed me to have the ‘Radley Experience’ and without that I would not have been exposed to the vast array of possibilities that the school has to offer and been given the opportunity to receive a great all-round education which I think is vital to any child’s development” Thomas Webb, 1996 C