Sir James Dyson donates £19m to his old school in Holt

Billionaire businessman Sir James Dyson has donated £18.75m to his former school, whose “generosity” helped pay for his education after his father died. The BBC reports.

The cash will fund the building of a centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education at Gresham’s school in Holt, Norfolk.

The inventor and engineer said it will “inspire and educate more brilliant young minds”.

The co-education, private day and boarding school was founded in 1555 and Sir James attended for ten years. Sir James’ father, who was head of the Classics department, died soon after he started the school.

“The generosity of the school, meant I could continue there after his death,” he said.

Sir James said: “I’ve observed that from the age of around six, children are very engaged. They are inventive, dreaming up ideas, and curious, wanting to know how they can be made.

“But these traits get stamped out of them, partly by the system and partly because the teaching of these subjects in schools has not kept up with the pace of technological change.”

Sir James has supported engineering in the UK through the James Dyson Foundation which introduces young people to the subject.

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