The School Fund
We are profoundly grateful for all gifts to the School Fund from parents, alumni and friends of the School, which provide enriching opportunities and activities, far beyond what would otherwise be affordable from the core funding. The School Fund enhances learning, enabling an outstanding, varied and stimulating educational experience .
Below is a sample of the fund's breadth this year. Thank you for making all this possible.
Our annual Foundation Day, a much-anticipated vibrant celebration of the school year, brings together former and current students. It enables students to showcase performances and work and provides students with the opportunity to attend interactive workshops and listen to inspirational speakers.
Without the School Fund much of this wouldn’t be possible.
The School Fund has provided new outdoor seating around the School, providing students with a wider variety of places to meet, study informally, and enjoy lunch.
Students continue to benefit from conversing with our ‘mother tongue’ language assistants. This year the School Fund has allowed us to provide Italian, Spanish and French assistants.
The School Fund has enabled TGS to trial having a dedicated School Nurse.
The expertise of an on-site healthcare professional allows students to access medical, first aid and well-being support on a day-to-day basis.
Following the trial, we want this service to continue to be provided into the future.
Many of the vibrant and stimulating STEM activities at TGS are supported by the School Fund, including ‘Race for the Line’ in which TGS students qualified to compete in the regional final, Lego club, Crest Awards and Young Enterprise.
Crucial hardware to support STEM such as iPads is also provided by the School Fund.
Our annual Careers Fair brings together a group of professionals from wide-ranging industries and TGS Students. It provides students with the opportunity to learn more about specific career paths, obtain hints and tips about how to obtain relevant work experience and choose appropriate further education courses and programmes.
This, and ongoing dedicated careers support provided by an external agency, is supported by the School Fund.
In 2018-19 the House Music Final, orchestras, Cantores, Motet and tea concerts, enabling younger students to build performing skills, have all been supported by the School Fund.
This provides students with wide-ranging opportunities to perform, and much enjoyment to audiences.
Along with the PTA, the School Fund has supported the lease of two minibuses that transport students daily to sports and music fixtures in the local area.
Other enrichment activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, CAS placements and the Action! programme all rely on the minibuses on a regular basis.
The School Fund purchases planners for all students from Years 7-11, allowing the students to efficiently plan their day and homework and facilitate home-school communications.
The School Fund allows the library to refresh its selection of books and periodicals on an ongoing basis as well as funding a dedicated librarian and access to an online catalogue. The library is now proud to have built a collection of over 7,000 titles that are closely aligned with the interests and needs of readers.
What the Students say…
“Extra-curricular music has been a huge part of my life at TGS, and the opportunities that the school offer have really helped my love of music to grow”.
“It helped me to formalise my speaking and writing style”.
“I love the library because it has a wide range of books in all genres, which means that there is something for everyone to read. It is also a great place to read and work because of the calm atmosphere. We also have a great librarian who is always willing to help recommend great books!”