Frequently asked questions
Q1 Is Maidstone Grammar School less well funded than other schools in Kent?
All schools in Kent receive equal per-pupil funding. However, additional funding is available to schools for children eligible for free school meals, service, deprived and looked-after children, and those with previous low levels of attainment. Maidstone Grammar School receives very little on these measures.
Q2 Does the School receive money for capital works from the government?
Yes. This is currently about £26,000 per annum but has decreased in recent years from about £100,000 per annum. This money is used in a variety of ways, including funding small capital projects and the current window replacement programme.
Q3 Will KCC make a capital grant to MaidstoneGrammar School?
KCC has a very limited budget and based on Maidstone’s changing demographics there is no need to increase secondary school places.
Q4 How can I find out more about why Maidstone Grammar School is now establishing the Development Fund?
For further information, please email the development office using the Contact Page
Q5 If I donate, will I be able to find out where my money is going?
The School’s 10-year Development Plan identifies the target areas for expenditure. We will keep you informed and up to date about the difference your donation has made to the School. Your contributions will help ensure the successful completion of our projects.
Q6 May I stipulate where my donation goes?
All donations will be very gratefully received but it would be more helpful for us to be able to use your donation where it is most needed at the time.
Q7 I have donated in the past. Why should Igive any more money to the School?
We thank you for your previous donation, which was probably made to the Amenities Fund. This helps fund our extensive extra-curricular programme. The Development Fund is new and has been established to finance future building and development projects.
Q8 I left Maidstone Grammar School years ago, why should I donate money to the School?
We really do hope you value the education you received whilst at MGS and that your time here was happy and successful. Your donation, whatever its size, will help ensure that future generations have the same chances and opportunities that you had.
“School, probably the most important time in a person’s life, not just for developing the mind but also in helping to shape character and morals. To make it truly an enjoyable experience, as with any good family unit, all members need to play their part in providing support to each other as they nurture the emerging personalities of its young.
In addition to my own family role, I have enjoyed the opportunity to play my small part, along with other likeminded
parents, in supporting the staff at MGS to fulfil their obligations in an ever more challenging financial backdrop. I urge all parents to reflect on the contribution they are able to make.”
Leon Date, Chairman of the Maidstone Grammar School Parents’ Association 2014