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 highly qualified 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