The St Albans School Foundation was established in 2008 with the aim of raising funds in support of the School in three main areas:
– Capital Developments, which include a number of building projects on the School site
– The Bursary Fund, which aims to provide access to St Albans School for young people who would be unable to take up their place here without financial assistance
– Special Projects, which provide School departments with additional resources that can make a real and immediate benefit to School life. For example, new equipment for the fitness suite, graticules for the Biology department, and 3D printers for the DT department
The Foundation is run from the School’s Development Office, and has raised almost £8 Million since its launch in 2008.
Stephen Eames, Chairman of Governors says:
“You will appreciate, I hope, the vitally important role that we envisage the St Albans School Foundation playing in the continuing development of St Albans as a truly exceptional School. Your contribution to this endeavour, however modest, will make an important statement about the value of a St Albans School education. Please join us in participating in this exciting venture in the School’s history."
We have been able to fund the School’s most recent developments thanks to a windfall from the disposal of a unique asset – the remainder of our lease in the King Harry Lane site.
The unexpected appearance on the market of Aquis Court was also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and though the timing wasn’t ideal, it presented a unique chance for the School to enhance its facilities. The purchase and the conversion of that and the former gym have been funded largely by prudent borrowing, beyond which it would certainly not be prudent to stretch the School’s credit.
The School’s developing needs cannot be funded from fee surplus alone or from disjointed one-off appeals. To ensure that current and future pupils can benefit from the richness, quality and opportunities of the education that previous generations have enjoyed, we have launched the Building Futures Campaign. For more information on this Campaign, please email email@example.com.
Philanthropy is not a modern invention. St Albans Private School has a long history of benefaction dating back to Queen Elizabeth I and our chief benefactor Sir Nicholas Bacon, including the generosity of many others since then.
Our development plans focus on providing current and future pupils with the rich education that previous generations have enjoyed and on ensuring that they benefit from the best possible opportunities available. The Building Futures campaign aims specifically to improve our Mathematics, Science and Music/Arts provision. The need to provide bursaries for students at St Albans School remains a key objective, and we will continue to raise vital funds in this area too.
The Bursary Fund will strike a chord with many, especially with OAs who attended the School prior to the mid-1970s as beneficiaries of the Direct Grant Scheme which offered the chance of a superb education to bright boys, irrespective of their parents' financial circumstances.
Now, in the absence of any state support, the bursary fund is vital to preserving the mixture of academic and extra-curricular excellence with social diversity that is so central a part of St Albans School's historic mission and character.
Bursaries are entirely different from academic scholarships: Bursaries are awarded solely through means-testing of applicants from those who have already passed the entrance examination. They are entirely confidential. Indeed, even our staff are unaware of which families receive financial support. Scholarships, on the other hand, are a publicly celebrated distinction awarded for academic excellence – these are not funded by the St Albans School Foundation but directly by the School.
In awarding a bursary, means-testing is undertaken rigorously by an external agency, to ensure that our limited funds are directed to families who are in the most need of assistance. We have recently introduced a supplementary fund for those on 100% bursaries, (who would qualify for free school meals in the maintained sector), to help with additional costs such as lunches, transport and School trips.
In the academic year 2015/16, 46 pupils were in receipt of bursary funding, at a total cost of £576,193. Of those 46, 20 pupils are on full bursaries; their parents pay no fees at all.
The Bursary Fund currently stands at £3 million, (from which the interest only is used to fund bursaries). Our aim is to increase this fund over the next 10 years to move closer towards our ultimate goal of ‘needs-blind’ admission.
“High quality education and opportunity should be available to all bright children regardless of their economic circumstances. This is one of the tenets upon which St Albans School was originally founded. As a child of the Direct Grant system I was lucky enough to benefit from this and it has been a considerable influence, for which I am very grateful. I want to contribute to both that tradition and that philosophy; hence I’m pleased to be able to offer my support to the Bursary scheme.”
As a charity, donations to the School are worth an extra 25% at no cost to the donor, as we are able to reclaim Gift Aid on donations from UK taxpayers. there are also further tax benefits for higher-rate taxpayers.
A gift in your will can be a simple and tax-effective way of making a significant gift to the Foundation, that many would be unable to afford during their lifetime. Any gift to a registered charity made in your will, whether in the form of cash, shares, property or other items, is exempt from inheritance tax. Legacy giving enables many people who are ‘asset-rich' rather than ‘cash-rich' to make a meaningful contribution to future generations of pupils at St Albans School.
The Gateway Society has been established as a means by which we can thank during their lifetime Old Albanians and other supporters who have chosen to make a gift to St Albans School in their will. By informing the Development Offce that you have made a bequest to the School, you will automatically become a member of the Gateway Society - there is no obligation to disclose the size or nature of your gift. Members receive a specially designed silk tie, their names are inscribed into the Society's ‘Register' which is on display at the School, and they receive invitations to School and Foundation functions and the Society's annual dinner. A wish for anonymity will of course be respected.
There are many different ways in which you can make a bequest, and a brochure with more detailed information and suggested wordings for your will is available from the Development Offce.
As everyone's estate is different, it is important that you seek independent legal advice before drawing up or making any changes to your will.
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Development Director. Kate runs the St Albans School Foundation and is your best contact for queries regarding supporting the Foundation or how funds are used.
T: 01727 515177
Chris organises alumni and Foundation events and communications.
T: 01727 515184
Hannah supports Chris in organising OA events, OA communications and managing the school's archives.
T: 01727 515178
Sarah supports the department across general fundraising and alumni enquiries.
T: 01727 224540
St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans AL3 4HB
The Foundation’s Parent Working Group is formed of parents who have volunteered to help with raising awareness of the Foundation. If you would be interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a supporter living in America and would like to make a donation to the St Albans School Foundation, you can do so via the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF). Gifts can be made to the Foundation expressing your preference for support of St Albans School.