Project information

Giggleswick School Annual Fund 2016

The Annual Fund is a great way to support small to medium scale projects which will have an immediate impact on the lives of our current and future pupils. This year we're 'Aiming High' with our main focus on a new indoor climbing wall.

June 2016 - June 2017

Charity information: Giggleswick School Foundation

Giggleswick School Foundation logo
  • Need


    Between midday on Tuesday 29 November and midday on Friday 2 December we aim to raise £11,250 of our £28,000 target for our Annual Fund 2016-17. This will help us to ensure Giggleswick School continues to build on the reputation for well-rounded, high quality education that it has enjoyed for over 500 years.


    Each project that will be funded by your donation has been carefully chosen because it supports each pupil in becoming a true Giggleswick Learner.

    2016 projects that you will be helping to fund are:
    An indoor climbing wall
    Outdoor classroom for Junior School
    Chapel Projection System
    Kit Car
    Catteral common room
    Robotics equipment
    Samba drums
    All-weather table tennis table
    Morrison outdoor social space
    Bursary Fund

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable the provision of an indoor climbing wall which will allow extended outdoor opportunities.


    » Climbing at Gigg is very popular but our external site is weather dependent - this wall will help us make climbing more accessible to more pupils.
    » Our new wall will enable us to invite local maintained schools and other groups to climbing workshops, competitions and training.
    » We aim to become a Centre of Excellence in climbing to add to our Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Scheme Status.

    Increased participation in climbing activities from girls and boys. Improved teamwork and leadership skills when on outdoor crags.

    Aim 2

    Provide life changing bursary support to prospective pupils who otherwise may not be able to attend.


    » Over 99 pupils received bursaries over the last two years. We will continue to make prospective applicants aware of what is on offer to help them.
    » We publicise the benefits of bursarial support in the local community and beyond, and make prospective Scholars aware of the Bursary Fund too.

    Increased ability to fulfil requests for enhanced funding by entrants from families with limited means as well as seeing more pupils staying on to study in the sixth form.

    Aim 3

    Annual Fund also helps Junior School and Chapel this year.


    » We will build an Outdoor Classroom for Junior School, as well as audio visual facilities in the Chapel.

    Monitor the feedback from students after weekly services and attend house events and Junior School classes to monitor pupil reaction to the use of the facilities.

  • Impact


    Your donation, no matter the size, will have a tremendous impact on the lives of current and future Giggleswickians. It will help to ensure Giggleswick School continues to build on the reputation for well-rounded, high quality education that it has enjoyed for over 500 years. You'll see this not only in our exam results, but in the variety of courses and universities leavers will go on to attend, in the EPQs sixth formers choose to study, and the talents celebrated outside the classroom.


    Rising costs of materials, components and professional services may undermine available funds. We have secured firm bids and offers of equipment. Also there is the risk that changing climate may cause some of the facilities to be underused. The marketing to the local community will ensure that this does not happen.


    Biannual alumni and community magazine reports on development as well as monthly e-bulletins and use of social media platforms.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £46,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Bursary funds Provision of funds to help subsidise fee costs for entry by less advantaged applicants
      £10,000 Climbing Wall Provision of an indoor climbing wall for the school and local community
      £5,000 Chapel audio Visual system Enhancement of the worship and participation experience for the school and community
      £4,500 Outdoor Classroom Provision of outdoor learning area for early years and junior pupils in a safe area
      £3,500 Improved coomon areas Outdoor and indoor activity spaces for boarding pupils
      £3,000 activity equipment Music, Science & Kit Car projects
  • Background


    Giggleswick is a small school (400 pupils) at the heart of the village community in the Yorkshire Dales. The village has a population of 1200. It is an essentially rural, farming and tourism based economy and the school is the largest employer in the area. The school is 500 years old but has seen the local community shrink due to rural-urban drift in the last 60 years.


    Young local people who wish to enter the school, current pupils and the local community who use the school's facilities. By enhancing the school operations we sustain the employability of its work force as well.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The school as a charity is highly experienced in providing the activities and functions which are proposed. There is over 100 years of recent experience in providing local community activites and 500 years of educational activity. We have strong connections throughout the region and an alumni and former parent community committed to sustaining the school.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Bellis

    Alumni Officer - Annual Fund Manager. James has developed our Annual Fund project and has close links with the parent & alumni community.

    Matthew Hodge

    Bursar - Financial Manager. Matthew is responsible for the fiscal management of the charity and guiding wise use of all our financial resources

    Mark Turnbull

    Headmaster - Key in the stewardship of all donors he leads the whole school planning and direction of policy, directing and nurturing support.

    Jane Paul

    Director of External Relations - She has overall responsibility for publicising and maintaining relationships with all our donor constituencies.

“Everything is here for you, which has made it easy for me to focus on my A-Levels and get involved in all the co-curricular activities too. I have never had to turn something down because I can’t find the time to do it."

Daniel Chivers, Leaver 2016