Development and Fundraising
The Development Office at Kingswood School plays a vital role in growing and maintaining strong links between members of the wider Kingswood School Community and the School itself. We work closely to support the excellent work done by the Old Kingswoodian Association and the Friends of Kingswood School.
We look forward to meeting you at the wide range of Kingswood School Community and Old Kingswoodian Association events which take place at the School, in the UK and around the world.
We are very grateful to the many members of the Kingswood School Community who have supported the School over the years. This support takes many forms, including anything from attending an event or helping to organise or host an event to volunteering at or supporting previous fundraising appeals.
Kingswood School does not have a permanent endowment to support our ambitious plans for the future. Fee income covers the cost of the daily running of the School. Development of our facilities and widening access to our Bursary Fund for parents who are unable to afford our fees is funded from a combination of annual school surpluses, prudent borrowings and the generous philanthropic giving of the entire Kingswood School community.
Theo Gammie - Development and Alumni Assistant
Our first Development and Alumni Gap Year Student, Theo Gammie (Middle House - 2011-2018), is travelling before heading to Oxford Brookes to study Architecture. Below are some pictures sent by Theo on his travels with Rudyard, the Kingswood bear.
Rudyard (left) and Theo (right) in Taiwan.
We are very mindful that Kingswood was originally founded to offer an education to young people who would not normally be able to afford such a rich and varied educational experience. All donations to the Bursary Fund, both large and small, can be used to make a difference and help ensure that many more children have access to this education.
10 for 1 Bursary Fund
Kingswood School launched the Ten for One Bursary Fund in 2017. It is designed to enable gifted young people who are particularly suited to the type of education Kingswood offers to attend the School in a situation where their parents would not be in a financial position to pay the fees.
The Fund is very simple. 10 people pledge £100 per month each for seven years, thereby funding one day pupil at Kingswood for seven years from Year 7 to 13. The fund is specifically aimed at parents who will require a full (100%) bursary for their son/daughter to benefit from a Kingswood education.
Thanks to the generosity of 10 Old Kingswoodians, Parents, Governors and the widow of an Old Kingswoodian, the first recipient of a 10 for 1 bursary started at Kingswood School in September in 2018.
Five of the ten people required to fund the second 10 for 1 Bursary have already very kindly pledged their support, leaving a further five required to fund the second 10 for 1 Bursary for a deserving pupil starting in Year 7 in September 2019.
Please do get in touch with Graham Papenfus, Director of Development and Fundraising, if you are interested in finding out more about supporting this Fund.
Heart of the Prep School Campaign
On 8 November 2017, Kingswood launched a campaign seeking philanthropic support for the Prep School. An inspirational new Heart of the Prep School will provide new facilities, including new drama and music facilities, a new School Hall, new classrooms and a new Nursery, which will have an impact on everyday life at the Prep School.
This multi-million-pound project will be funded through a combination of borrowings, philanthropic support and the sale of Number 1 Sion Place. The School has invested £6m and is seeking additional philanthropic support of £1m+. Over £650,000 has already been donated or pledged. The brochure provides more information on how members of the Kingswood community can get involved and help us reach our target.
Donation from former parent, and current Governor, Danny Lau supports Music at Kingswood Prep School
Mrs Cross, Head of Music at Kingswood Prep School, reports that she, the music team and children at KPS, are delighted to have taken delivery of four fantastic new pianos for the music department in the Prep School. This has been made possible by the very generous donation from former parent and current Governor at Kingswood, Danny Lau.
They now have a superb new Kawai GL50 Grand Piano in black ebony, two Kawai K300 upright pianos in black ebony, and a Yamaha Clavinova CVP709 also in black ebony. These pianos are making an instant and incredible difference to the quality of musical learning and musical experience for the children.
The two upright pianos are in the main piano teaching rooms and are being used five days a week by piano pupils from age 4 to 11. The touch and quality of sound is excellent and many children have already told her how much easier they are to play than the old pianos they used to have. Teachers have remarked on the tonal quality and said that it makes it much easier to teach the finer musical details to their pupils. The grand piano has already been used in a concert and all the children in the school have tried playing it during their class music lessons. They have been particularly interested in what it looks like inside and in finding out how the levers and hammers all work.
The clavinova is being used every day for choir and orchestral rehearsals and in class lessons for singing and composition work. It is also used in assemblies and will be played for productions and plays later this term. Many parents have popped into school to see the new pianos and to try them out for themselves. These pianos are certainly ensuring that music remains at the very heart of our school and we are all exceedingly grateful for the generous donations that made it possible to have them in our new music department.
Looking ahead, Mrs Cross hopes to replace the other two old upright pianos with 2 more Kawai K300 Upright Pianos, to add a colourful musical carpet to the main classroom, and then to develop the area behind the classroom, outside, in order to make it into a musical garden, with beautiful plants and outdoor instruments so that the children can go outside and make music together either in lessons or just at playtimes.
A legacy gift is an opportunity to invest in an education that is second to none by supporting the development of Kingswood School for future generations. Even the smallest pledge makes a real impact that will extend beyond your lifetime. We also offer an option for members of the Kingswood community to reflect their affection for the School at a level that is not possible during their lifetimes.
The 1748 Society was established to acknowledge and thank everyone who has made the decision to include Kingswood School in their will. Events organised by the 1748 Society include an annual lunch as well as other special occasions during the year. We are extremely grateful to the many members of the Kingswood School community who have already joined the society by remembering the School in their will.
A legacy gift is currently exempt from inheritance tax; it also has the potential to reduce the tax burden on your family while maximising the benefit of the gift to the School. As a registered charity, Kingswood School pays no tax on gifts it receives.
We look forward to sharing our plans for the next phase of development of the School as they are finalised.
Director of Development and Fundraising
Mobile: +44 7703 189710
Direct line: +44 1225 734399
Alumni and Development Officer
Office: +44 1225 734283
The Development Office