Development Fund

Maidstone Grammar School is a community sharing a common purpose: to prepare young people for the future. It has an excellent reputation for academic success and also provides a broad and varied extra-curricular programme in which every student has the opportunity to develop leadership skills and give service to the School. A student recently said, “Maidstone Grammar School is not just a school, it is a way of life.” Maidstone Grammar School is like an extended but close-knit family. Our aims are the same as any family’s, to keep our children safe, to meet their needs, to build ties and bonds within the wider community, and to support them in times of challenge and adversity. This includes developing morals and fostering patience, humility, courage and enthusiasm. We share common goals, beliefs and values, and respect individuals and individuality, irrespective of age, gender or background. We encourage our students to be interesting and interested, aspirational and inspirational. We would like our students to leave school as young adults that any family would wish their child to be when he or she leaves home: confident, self-assured, with a strong work ethic and better prepared both academically and socially to go out into an ever changing world.

Maidstone Grammar School has been a significant part of the town since 1549 and it is our responsibility to ensure its future and develop it further. In recent years we have seen the School grow in size and strength, and its academic reputation and standing in the community mean an increasing number of students would like to become part of its history. The School’s ethos, values and belief in academic rigour all combine to produce the all-round student

We wish to see this continue but we face considerable financial challenges in the near future which we need to overcome. Today’s MGS students have benefitted from years of prudent financial budgeting and healthy levels of government funding. But times are changing and whilst it is important that we all continue to be prudent, more schools are now looking to additional sources of income to fund capital projects, and we are no exception. In order to continue providing an outstanding education we need to develop, and a development fund is necessary to achieve this.

A culture of philanthropic giving at the School already exists in a number of ways; the Parents’ Association has helped the School purchase another minibus, voluntary contributions to the Amenities Fund provide funding for our extra-curricular programme and donations to the Old Maidstonian Society assist students in times of hardship.

The plans outlined in this brochure will certainly improve the School’s facilities and help secure its future. We hope you share our commitment to the School and will contribute to the Development Fund in one of the many ways suggested, or offer help in any other way you can.

I have said before that the state provides the bread and butter but we wish to provide some jam.

Please support us as generously as you are able. Every penny really does count.

Mark Tomkins

“I have witnessed our students benefitting from a first-class education at MGS. The Development Fund is the opportunity
to give something back and ensure our students continue to benefit for generations to come.”
Lindsey Evans, Chair of Governors 2014

  • "My son was skipping and jumping through the halls, and his excitement to show off his school and his lessons was very heart warming. He comes home daily with happy stories about his day at school. He has doubled in confidence and has taken on much more responsibility for himself in such a very short time." - A New Year 7 parent
  • "I'd like to send a quick note on behalf of my son, who attended the Brazil fair (Year 6 outreach event) yesterday. He had a great time and was so excited when he came home and couldn't stop talking about the amazing things that he did whilst at the school. Thank you so much to you and all the boys from MGS who helped make the afternoon such a success. " - Parent of a year 6 student
  • "My husband and I wanted to send a message to say how very impressed we were with our guide on Thursday evening and what a wonderful ambassador he was for your school. His manners were impeccable and he conversed confidently and informatively with us both. In addition, he engaged our 9 year old without patronizing him made his visit fun and insightful. Jack greatly contributed to our first impression of Maidstone Grammar School being such an overwhelmingly positive experience." - A visiting prospective parent
  • "Students’ achievement is outstanding, both in their academic programmes and their personal development." - Ofsted (2013)
  • "My son is in year 7 and was struggling with 2 heavy musical instruments, a school bag, his diabetes bag and his lunch bag this morning and I saw 2 sixth formers rush over to help him carry his bags. I just want to register my thanks." - Parents of a new year 7 student
  • "There is not a week which goes by even now without me thinking of the school with gratitude, and of its teachers who never gave up on me and allowed me a chance in life. " - Words from an Old Maidstonian
  • "The sixth form is outstanding. Students’ above average attainment at the higher grades in AS and A level equip them exceptionally well for higher education and careers of their choice." - Ofsted (2013)