What is the Development Fund?

The Maidstone Grammar School Development Fund will be used specifically to increase and improve the amenities of the School, supporting those on-going building and development projects that will enhance the School’s learning environment for both students and staff.
The Fund will rely solely on the generosity and commitment of governors, staff, current and former parents, Old Maidstonians, and other friends and supporters of the School, both individual and corporate.
We want the School to be able to provide the environment and facilities for a truly 21st century education. During the next 10 years, the building projects will be the smaller, more attainable developments, so that current students and their parents will be able to see the successful result of their donations.
However, as the Fund grows in size, so will the size and complexity of the projects. This is a new venture for the School but we are convinced that, with your help and support, we will be able to achieve our aims.

Why do we need the Development Fund?

At Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7-11), Maidstone Grammar School’s per-pupil funding is amongst the lowest in Kent. The School’s total annual income for this age group in the academic year 2014/15 is approximately £3.6 million.
In 2011, funding per student at Key Stage 5 was £5,200 but by 2016 it will only be £4,000, meaning our income for the 6th Form alone will decrease by nearly £450,000 per annum in only five years.
At the same time, having some of the most highlyqualified and experienced staff in Kent means that Maidstone Grammar School’s costs are higher than many other schools’ costs in the county. We have already made many savings but, however prudent we are, losing over £650,000 per annum means there is no realistic prospect of funding capital projects in the foreseeable future. This is why we need to look to a development fund for help and support.

“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)