Why Support Blundell's?

There are many charities appealing for your philanthropy. So why should Blundell’s be top of your list?

It is essential for us to provide our pupils with an environment that allows them to achieve their full potential. With your involvement and support, you will be certain of ensuring that pupils, past, present and future will appreciate and take pride in the ongoing success of the School. They too will develop loyalty and passion for the school, thus building on its long history; therefore perpetuating the original intentions of its founder, Peter Blundell.

The Popham Building, home to the Art, Business & Economics and ICT departments

We are very grateful indeed to many of you who have made generous donations in the past, large and small either to the general appeals or for specific areas of interest. We are also very thankful to those of you who have left the School something in your Will. Going forward we hope you will continue to be involved or become involved for the first time, your support really does make a difference as it ensures the continued development of this fine School, which strongly promotes a comprehensive preparation for life after Blundell’s, instilling as it does, the fundamental qualities of friendship, integrity, confidence and independence. These are developed not solely in the classroom, but in tandem with enjoyment on the sports field, in the music, drama and arts and in so many other areas.

Archery     Archery

The education that pupils receive at Blundell’s has been sustained by generations of donors from 1604 onwards. In donating to Blundell’s you are repaying your debt to the philanthropists of the past by making an investment in the future of your School.

The Russell - Panorama of SH at the start line
The Russell - panorama of SH at the start line

Recognition/Benefactor Charter: Our promise to donors

The Development Programme is here to stay. This is not a periodic appeal – a burst of activity followed by years of silence. Our intention is to build a culture of support for Blundell's future development. We can only achieve this if people feel positive about giving both initially and subsequently. This requires us to think of things from the benefactor's point of view.

In order to do this we will:

  • Acknowledge your gift appropriately and as soon as possible after receiving it.
  • Ensure that the money you give is committed to the project of your choice.
  • Be happy to discuss your plans and provide a school perspective before you give.
  • Respect requests for anonymity and in these circumstances keep details of your gift confidential.
  • Keep you updated on the School's activities on a regular basis, through reports in the Diary magazine, on the website and with occasional newsletters.
  • Maintain a permanent record of our gratitude to supporters in a Book of Benefactors, held permanently in the School library.
  • Publish a list of new benefactors each year in Development publications (excluding those who wish to remain anonymous).
  • Consider marking major gifts in more specific ways, by offering the benefactor the opportunity to name a room, building or project.
  • Offer membership to the 1604 Society to those people who pledge support in the form of a legacy.
  • Be happy to host visits to the school be existing or prospective benefactors.

The Development Director is available to discuss in more detail any of the points outlined above.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Surely Blundell's is a wealthy school – why does it need additional support?

The School certainly enjoys a healthy and secure financial position and is well managed to ensure the School is maintained to a high quality, introducing new facilities when surplus allows. However, Blundell's does not benefit from the large endowment funds available to some schools. In order to continue to build on past achievements and to bring our ambitious programme of future improvements to fruition, we need to supplement fee income with support from other sources.

Does this have something to do with the government looking at Charities?

Our history predates the Charities Commission by four centuries and we hope will endure for many more. However, we do know we must do more.

Why doesn't the School just raise fees?

School fees are important, but historically they only fund a portion of the School's budget. Fees pay for the day to day running costs of the School, which include teaching salaries, catering, cleaning, maintenance, laundry, nursing, sport, security, administrative support and transport. Despite this long list, we have to ensure that our fees remain competitive and offer value for money to parents. Annual gifts offer greater flexibility than fees and allow the school to meet new and exciting opportunities as they arise.

How can it be guaranteed that my gift will not be swallowed up in running costs?

We have an obligation to honour your wishes and to use the money you donate for the stated purpose. To ensure that this happens, a separate Blundell's School Foundation Fund has been created.

Does the School have charitable status for tax purposes?

Yes, the School is a registered charity and thanks to Gift Aid, your donation can be greater just by filling in a form! Our charity number is 1081249.