Our 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 co-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; our Parents’ Association (MGSPA) has been instrumental in raising significant amounts of money, voluntary contributions to the Amenities Fund provide funding for our co-curricular programme and donations to the Old Maidstonian Society assist students in times of hardship.

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.

Mr M Tomkins BSc NPQH

Headmaster

 

Development Fund Achievements:

2005 - Built the Walker Building. (This became home to our Maths, History and Art Departments).

2005 - Built the Refectory.

2009 - Built the Applied Learning Centre. (This became home to our Film and Media Department).

2011 - Built the Sixth Form Common Room and Food Technology Block.

2013 - Refurbished the Sports Hall.

2017 - Built the Performing Arts Block. Click here to take a virtual tour of our Performing Arts Block.

2018 - Built the Ron McCormick Pavilion. Click here to take a 2018 virtual tour - this building has become much more impressive since.

2019 - Refurbished the War Memorial Library.

2021 - Built the 3G All Weather Pitch.

2022 - Built the second floor on the Ron Mc Cormick Building (This became home to our MFL Department).

 

How to Get Involved

  • Regular donations - This is the most popular way of making a gift as donations can be made by monthly, quarterly or annual standing orders.
  • One-off donations - You may prefer to give a lump sum either as a one-off gift or just donate on an irregular basis. As a school we will be able to reclaim basic rate tax on your gift. This means that for every £1 you donate, we receive £1.25 and if you are a higher-rate taxpayer, you can claim extra relief on your donations. MGS Gift Aid Declaration Form
  • Payroll Giving - If your company operates the Payroll Giving scheme, you will be able to donate directly from your earnings or personal pension, before Income Tax is deducted. For further information see www.hmrc.gov.uk/businesses/giving/payroll-giving.htm Do also check if your employer has a Matched Giving Scheme.
  • Legacy Donations - None of us really likes to think about our wills, but you may wish to remember Maidstone Grammar School in yours. For advice, please visit: www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/will.htm

Other ways you may be able to support Maidstone Grammar School:

  • support our Parents’ Association (MGSPA) and School events.
  • encourage friends and family to support School events.
  • encourage corporate support and company match funding.
  • join the Old Maidstonian Society.
  • get in touch with fundraising ideas.

 

Get in Touch

We encourage you to come and see what we have achieved so far and hear our visions for the future. Click here to make an appointment or to get in touch.