An appeal was launched for funds to enable the School to become independent in 1978. While confident that it was in the school’s best interest, due to the political pressures creating an atmosphere of uncertainty in the school’s development, the Head regretted the move to independent might exclude gifted children unless a bursary fund could be established and maintained. The target of the appeal was £300,000 but by the following summer it had reached £700,000.

Colin Dobson, the Head Master, was able to express satisfaction that Bursaries for 34 of the School’s one hundred and fifty new entrants had been provided.