A TOP private school has been slammed for sending a begging letter to help rich Russians pay their kids’ £42,000-a-year fees.
St Clare’s College in Oxford, sent an email out last Friday.
A top private school has been slammed for sending a begging letter to help rich Russians pay their kids’ £42,000-a-year fees
St Clare’s College in Oxford sent an email out last Friday
Principal Andy Rattue and chair Jens Tholstrup asked for cash to help Russian students who “may now find it difficult”.
It said: “Of course our sympathies lie with the people of Ukraine, but sadly there are many Russians too who are strongly opposed to the invasion but who are denied a voice.”
It asked alumni to “consider supporting all our students affected by the conflict in Ukraine”.
The email continued: “Putin’s aggression is not done in their name and not only are they utterly desolate, they are also deeply embarrassed by these awful events.
“These are the disenfranchised Russians for whom our collective hearts break.”
It concluded: “Our dream must be to see Russia come in from the cold and enjoy the warm embrace of the community of democratic nations.”
About ten per cent of the school’s students are thought to be Russian.
Richard Gorst, former business manager at the school, called the email plea an “absolute disgrace”.
He said St Clare’s community “ought to be helping the people of Ukraine, not the rich Russian kids who can’t get school fees”
He added: “If they do have money to spare why not send it to the poor people of Ukraine who are being bombarded with bombs and bullets.
“I think it’s horrifying. We are absolutely outraged as a family. We all can’t believe that someone has done such a thing.
“It’s one of the most expensive schools in the country, it’s up there with Eton. It has students from all over the world.”
The school’s alumni include Princess Salha bint Asem of Jordan and Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Juventus FC.
Last night Mr Rattue said St Clare’s is a not-for-profit body.
He explained: “We rely entirely on fee income and do not have investments or endowments to supplement our funds to subsidise free places for students.”
And he said the email “made clear supporting Ukrainian students was our first priority.”
He added: “We are supporting our Ukrainian students in every way we can, including the offer of external counselling, individual supportive conversations and the chance for them to explain what is happening in Ukraine to their fellow students.
“We are making it clear that none of them will be forced to leave the college for financial reasons.
About ten per cent of the school’s students are thought to be Russian