A SCHOOL in Egham has achieved its founder's dream of becoming a registered charity.

ACS Egham International School, in London Road, celebrated becoming a full registered charity on Wednesday, September 19.

This significant milestone is the culmination of the wishes of the organisation's founders, Gordon Speed and Emmanuel Poularas, who decreed that ACS be owned in perpetuity by a charitable entity, with a key aim of advancing education.

Amongst other initiatives, ACS’s charitable status includes the provision of means-tested, financially assisted places for students who would otherwise be unable to attend ACS schools.

Headteacher Jeremy Lewis said: "Our transition to a charity is just the start of our journey and I am thrilled to have such good news to share so early in the new school year. It gives ACS a wonderful opportunity to make a wider impact in our communities as we seek to provide the high-quality education, within an internationally diverse community, the highest standards of teaching, pastoral care, and support for students, and secure those benefits for future generations."

Applications are now being invited for bursaries for the 2019/20 academic year, ranging from ten percent to 100 per cent of school fees for children aged 11 plus.

The closing date for applications is December 13.

For more details visit www.acs-schools.com/bursaries