Alumni & Supporters Scheme
What is the Alumni & Supporters Scheme?
Although the college charges a fee for most students, we want to make this unique environment open to all people, no matter their financial circumstances. We are constantly fundraising for our Hardship Fund and funds raised from the Alumni & Supporters Scheme will directly benefit those students who can't afford to pay fees.
Students come from families who have always wanted to educate their children in a different way, others have struggled with mainstream schooling and yet thrived when they have arrived with us. Some parents don’t want to put their children through the endless tests and mocks, or have come out of their previous school because they were bored in lessons where they finished work in ten minutes that took the rest of the class 40 minutes. They like being able to take GCSEs at any age (12 is the youngest) – and they value being able to broaden out with learning things that would not be on a school curriculum. Other children having been labelled in the system and looked for alternative ways to learn.
How can you help SML College? Join today with a regular monthly or annual donation.
There are currently 3 options to donate:
- £2 per month
- £24 per year
- £250 lifetime membership
In return we’ll email you updates and news about our work. We’ve made some suggested amounts, but of course these are dependent on your person circumstances. If applicable, you can also add Gift Aid to your donation as the initiative will operate within the guidelines required by HMRC for charities claiming Gift Aid. A regular donation really is the best way to help the student community thrive.
Benefits of supporting SML Alumni & Supporters scheme
You’ll be joining community of people supporting the Centre for Self Managed Learning and those who benefit from the approach. This will include invitations to join/receive:
- Discounts on publications
- SML news
Anyone joining will have access to Dr Ian Cunningham's personal phone number and email address and is able to contact him for advice e.g. on education, on career choices, etc - for free. Above all, advice and support for ex-students and parents on a range of matters - careers, educational opportunities, adult learning etc.
What is proposed here is just the start. We want the members of the scheme to create a community in itself and contribute to the development and growth of the scheme. Put simply, this is your scheme, how do you want to be involved?
So you can now continue your journey with SML and better still get involved in supporting the College.