“With your help and involvement, we are building a vital funding stream to enhance the purpose, experience, facilities and surroundings of both schools for future generations.”
The King’s Schools Development Office exists to foster friendship and community between past and present members of the schools, whether alumni, staff, friends or parents, and to inspire philanthropy to ensure the schools flourish in the future. The reality is that the world of education is changing rapidly. While King’s Schools are highly successful, we are not complacent. With your help and involvement, we are building a vital funding stream to enhance the purpose, experience, facilities and surroundings of both schools for future generations.
Join The 1880 Club
To encourage a habit of life long giving, we have introduced the 1880 Club. This is a simple way to donate to King’s Hall in manageable, monthly amounts. With 25% gift aid and the aggregation effect of many members, we put the funds to use based on pupil driven ideas. Donations can be £1.88 to £100 per month or you can make a one off donation.
In return for your generosity, we will send you a stylish Castelli 1880 note book, a letter of thanks from Justin Chippendale, our Headmaster, and regular updates on the impact of your kindness.If you would like to join, choose a monthly amount with which you are comfortable, download our standing order and gift aid form, and send them back to us at Freepost RRBS-CAZU-YCLK, King’s College, Development Office, South Road, Taunton, TA1 3LA. Your involvement, at whatever level, is much more important to us than the amount you donate.
Enhancing King's Projects
The Enhancing King's Fund has been established in order to support the academic, sporting, pastoral and co-curricular needs of every pupil within the school. To sustain the excellence of our provision to increasing numbers it is vital to plan ahead and build for the future.
How do I give?
Your money will go towards a variety of different projects across all areas of school life, and will therefore benefit all members of the King's community. When you make a donation to the Enhancing King's Fund, it is up to you to decide whether you would like to specify where your money is directed, or whether you are happy for the school to use it where it is needed most. There is an online list of possible projects, simply choose a project that you are passionate about and click the link underneath the item. If you do not want to give to any specific project, you can still donate by clicking the link below. If you require any further information, please call us on 01823 328184.
Leaving Your Legacy
If you have a fondness for King’s Schools and a desire to see them flourish in perpetuity, we ask that you consider making a bequest in your will. Unless you specify otherwise, we will add your bequest to the King’s Schools Bursary Fund to provide a King’s education to gifted, less advantaged children from the local area. Not only will a legacy make an enormous difference to the long term prosperity of the schools, it is highly tax effective in terms of your estate.
The King’s Schools Bursary Fund
In founding King’s Schools, Canon Woodard’s aim was to make a first class education accessible to a much broader spectrum of society. He was an early standard bearer for what we now call social mobility. Over the next five years, we will build a substantial endowment fund to pay for the education of academically gifted, local children whose parents could not otherwise afford a King’s education. Aside from improving the life chances of the bursary recipients, and several generations through those they influence later in life, these gifted children will add to the richness of our community and boost our academic gene pool.
The schools have made a start by depositing £1m of the proceeds from the sale of Convent land on South Road in to the bursary fund. But, we have a long way to go. If you have had a positive experience of independent education, we hope you will consider the gift of a bursary to provide a life changing opportunity for a child.
Meet the Team
"Our aim in the Development Office (that's me, Brenda and Sue) is to provoke a torrent of philanthropy and good will towards the schools across all ages so that we can help to make King’s the best possible place for young people to expand their intellectual horizons and grow their characters."
Julian Mack, Director of Development