A publican's wife has praised the Licensed Trade Charity for rescuing her son's education.

 

Richard Hamilton, is a general manager for Stonegate's Slug & Lettuce chain and oversees its Canary Wharf bar.

He applied with his wife Rebecca for a Licensed Trade Charity educational bursary when their son Henry was struggling at his local school.

Now the family say it has been life changing for them.

Rebecca said: "To say the opportunity at LVS Ascot [in Berkshire] was life changing would be no exaggeration. Henry was at an outstanding school in Beckenham, Kent.

"It just wasn't brilliant for him. It didn't click, and he went on a downward spiral. He wasn't happy and as a mum I could feel it. That's horrible. He had poor friendship groups and low expectations academically."

In April 2016 whilst Richard was managing the Slug & Lettuce at the O2, Rebecca came across an online article about how to send your children to private schools even if you can't afford it and it mentioned the Licensed Trade Charity.

Rebecca continued: "I called the charity there and then and discovered that all pub staff with five years' experience in the trade could get a 20 per cent discount at LVS Ascot [day and boarding school], but that wouldn't have been enough for it to be affordable to us. We were told to come and see the school anyway.

"It was such a relief to find the Licensed Trade Charity and that they wanted to help us. I couldn't believe that anyone wanted to help us that much. From the moment I made the first call they were amazing, just unbelievable.

"Henry came for a trial day here and we have never looked back."

Henry joined in the middle of his GCSEs, but repeated a year to do his whole GCSE studies from scratch at LVS Ascot, fitting in straight away. 

From coming to LVS Ascot predicted Cs and Ds by his previous school, he ended up with 4 As and 3 Bs.

The LTC said that 16 children of parents who have worked in the licensed trade for five years or more are enjoying means-tested charity bursaries at LVS Ascot.