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Celebrating our past by supporting our future

The 1874 Foundation Appeal was launched following a great deal of thought and considerable support for the idea from our alumnae. Our hope was that it would give members of this community who wish to, an opportunity to offer regular financial support for the aims of the school.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this form of fundraising, it simply means that donors set an amount that they are happy to give and a frequency at which they wish to donate. This may be a small amount on a monthly basis or a larger amount annually. The important thing is that the donor has control over what they give and a say in how the money is spent.

Since its launch in 2013, we have received so many offers of support from friends and alumnae of all eras, some financial and others offering their time and expertise for the benefit of the school.

It has been a humbling experience; we have learned how much Croydon High School means to so many people and it has inspired us more than anything to ensure that this sense of pride and community is retained by the current generation.

Please read on to find out more about our fundraising activities

One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade (Chinese Proverb)

Building our Bursary provision provides more opportunities for bright girls - whatever their circumstances.

There is a significant need for increase our level of bursary funding at the school. We have become increasingly aware that every year we turn down applications from extremely bright girls, who we feel sure would do well here, because of their families’ financial circumstances.

We know that a good number of our alumnae have benefited from some form of financial support and will often refer to this - and the difference they feel it made to their lives - when they communicate with the school. Our bursary fund is steadily growing thanks to the generosity of our friends and alumnae, but as we have said before, it takes a significant capital investment to be able to fund even one seven year bursary.

This is why, at this point in our history, we have decided to focus all our fundraising efforts on bursary provision. 

We hear so many positive stories from alumnae who benefited from financial support during their time at school and so feel it is an appropriate challenge to set ourselves that we continue the legacy of providing outstanding education for girls who could otherwise not access it.

The Margaret Adams Bursary

Following our initial bursary appeal, we were contacted by an alumna who left Croydon High in the 1950’s and who was inspired to fund a bursary in the name of her Headmistress, Dr Margaret Adams. We sent a letter on her behalf to all of her former classmates, suggesting that they might consider banding together to fund this very special bursary.

We would also like to extend this invitation to everyone who considers Dr Adams ( or 'Fanny Adams' as she was very affectionately known!) to be ‘their’ Headmistress. She led the school from 1939 to 1960 and so will have touched the lives of a very large number of our alumnae and we hope she would approve of this initiative. Please contact us via ivylink@cry.gdst.net to find out more about this initiative.

We look forward to updating you with news of the on-going response to this appeal.

One of the founding aims of the school in 1874 was to provide opportunities to girls from all financial backgrounds and we will always aim to uphold this worthy principle. 

To find out more about how the GDST is supporting bursaries across our network please click here 

https://www.gdst.net/openingdoors

 

Building our Sports Pavilion – for the school and for the local community

In 2013, under Debbie Leonard's Headship, we also launched a two year fundraising programme  to build a sports pavilion next to our artificial hockey pitch. We are most grateful to those who chose to support this initiative which has become a real asset for the school and for clubs and schools in the local community who have access to it.

 

Of course, everyone who decides to give, either to The 1874 Bursary Appeal or as an unrestricted gift, or who remembers the school in their Will, can be sure that that their generosity will be greatly valued and that all funds raised will be used to benefit the girls of Croydon High School. 

 
 

Please read on to find out more about the power of a Legacy

A Living Legacy

Legacies are vitally important to the long term future of Croydon High School. Every gift in every Will, no matter what the size, helps keep us at the forefront of education in the Croydon area and provides more opportunities for more girls to experience the many extraordinary benefits of an education in our school.

For many, the ability to make donations in their lifetime is limited. Leaving a gift in a Will can provide a more suitable opportunity to make a significant contribution. At the wishes of the donor, legacies can benefit Croydon High School specifically. They will be used to support bursaries, provide new school facilities or other additional educational opportunities for our girls.

In recent years, we have received generous legacies from alumnae, former staff and parents of alumnae. The school is hugely appreciative of this generosity and committed to ensuring that every penny donated benefits current or future pupils of this school.

The Girls’ Day School Trust is a registered charity (no 306983) and by leaving a gift in your Will to any GDST School, you can also reduce the total tax liability of your estate to your family. All legacies to the GDST are free from capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

If you are considering naming Croydon High School in your Will or would like to inform us that you have already done so, please download the pledge form below. You may prefer to contact us by phone or email to discuss your gift. If so we suggest you contact Fiona Williams, the Head's PA (f.williams@cry.gdst.net). By informing us of your pledge, you will of course help us plan for the future, but please be assured that this does not commit you to a particular course of action.

 

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