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The Development Fund


What is the Development Fund? 

The Development Fund was established as a separate charity in 1986 to raise much needed funds for capital development at the school and is a way for parents and alumni to ‘give back’ something to the school for their (and their children’s) excellent education and start in life.


Past Successes

The success of the many projects which have been completed over the years are borne out by the ultimate success of John Hampden Grammar School, its students past and present, and the increasing demand for places

Building projects in the last ten years, made possible with the generous support of parents and alumni have included the major sixth form extension and new learning resource centre (opened in 2013), science lab improvements (2015), main hall improvements (2015), art studio improvements (2016), corridor and staircase decoration (2017 and 2018) and in 2020 the refurbishment of the design and technology block and provision of two new science labs.

Since 2018, the fund has also supported the school to employ a full-time counsellor, in addition to the part-time provision that existed previously.


Future Plans

Construction of the new teaching block, our Innovation Hub, is now well underway and a time-lapse video of the initial foundations and steelwork is now available on the front page of the school website.

The new teaching block is being funded in large part by a £3 million grant from the Department for Education, and the Department has also provided a £450,000 loan. This will provide the structure but we need financial help to make the interior fit for teaching in the 21st century.

The Maths department will move in which will give almost every student in the school regular access to the new facilities. There will be two new IT suites on the top floor which will provide a modern working space for our Computing students. The Business and Economics departments will also make this their new home.


Ways to Give & Forms


Regular Giving

This is the most popular way of making a gift, as it spreads the cost over a period of time. Whilst there is no minimum lifespan, we hope you will consider giving over a 7 year period. Payments are normally made by standing order monthly using the Gift Aid scheme. Giving in this way allows us to plan for future improvements in the certainty that the funding is available

One Off Gifts

By a single gift using the Gift Aid scheme. By making a single gift of an equivalent amount to a gift given over several years, it will reduce the school's need to borrow and therefore minimise any interest payments.

Payroll Giving

If you give through your payroll, your gift is made from your salary before it is taxed. So a monthly gift of £20 will cost you only £15.60 from your net pay.

A number of companies offer a "Matched Giving" scheme, through which they double, or sometimes more than double, any charitable donations made by their employees. Please check with your HR Department to see if your company operates any such scheme.

Legacy Pledges

Charitable legacies are donations made as part of your Will. By remembering John Hampden Grammar School in your Will, you can create a legacy of learning and help to contribute to the future success of the School.

Other Ways of Supporting Fundraising

  • Setting up and supporting appeal events
  • Organising separate events and activities
  • Encouraging other friends of the school to give.


Please click here for our current Gift Aid giving card.