From humble beginnings in a shed in Belvoir Terrace in 1884 our school has grown in size, stature and reputation. Many of our former students have gone on to become leaders and innovators on the national and international stage. These include John Maynard Keynes, economist; Sir Christopher Cockerell, the inventor of the Hovercraft; Sir John Tusa, former Director of the BBC and Professor Lord Robert Mair, founder of the Geotechnical Consulting Group and a member of the Expert Panel for Crossrail in London. More recent leavers have gone on to be a concert pianist (Victoria Royce), international rugby and hockey players (Alex Goode and Tess Howard) and Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (James White). We are in no doubt that within our school today many future leaders and innovators are beginning their journeys.
In the school’s 135 year history we have relied solely on fee income and the generosity of Old Fidelians and the wider St Faith’s community to fund both bursaries and infrastructure projects. Indeed, Ashburton Hall would not exist today had it not been for the many kind donations which made its construction possible.
St Faith’s is inclusive in nature, valuing diversity and welcoming children from all cultural and religious backgrounds. However, due to rising costs and reduced affordability, we are beginning to witness a shift in the balance of our school’s character and social make-up.
St Faith’s injects £175,000 per year into a Bursary Fund which currently allows more than 35 (or around 6% of) pupils to receive a St Faith’s education. The fund also provides a mechanism for assisting current families who experience hard times and, for short periods, may need support in meeting their school fee commitments.
By supporting our Bursary Fund you can help to transform the educational experience of a child whose circumstances would otherwise preclude them from receiving a St Faith’s education, and in so doing you can help us to maintain the diverse culture of our school.
If you share our vision for the future of St Faith’s, and are able to support our Bursary Fund, we would be extremely grateful for any donations, made via this easy on-line form or downloadable forms above.
To provide the world-class, future focused education for which we are renowned, we need to make regular capital investments into our infrastructure. Facilities which we all enjoy today and remember fondly from yesterday would not be possible without the support of Old Fidelians and the wider St Faith’s community. We invite you to make donations of any size to supplement our own source of funding for future capital projects. These include the renovation and expansion of our Year 3 and 4 facilities in School House, an indoor waiting area for parents, an all-weather sports surface on site and expansion and refurbishment of the dining room.
If you share our vision for the future of St Faith’s, and are able to support us, we would extremely grateful for any donations towards our infrastructure projects. This can be done via this easy on-line donation form or downloadable forms above.
Every contribution to St Faith’s counts, regardless of the amount. If you give regularly, your contribution, added to others, makes a significant difference to the future of our school. Where possible, please select GiftAid as this adds an additional 25% to the value of your already generous donation.
Thank you very much indeed for supporting St Faith’s.