Project information

Giggleswick School Annual Fund 2016

To enable the furtherance of extended learning through the provision of holistic projects not fundable through the normal fee income of the school and to enhance the availability of bursary funding at the school.

June 2016 - June 2016

Charity information

Giggleswick School Foundation

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  • Need


    The Giggleswick Annual fund aims to raise funds to support extended opportunities within the school that cannot be supported through normal fee income. In particular subsidising otherwise prohibitively expensive fee levels making access to the school's opportunities difficult for many who wish to benefit from the educational opportunities that are available. Fee income cannot facilitate all the activities that the school wishes to offer. The Annual fund facilitates this.


    Implementation of a Bursary fund to allow less advantaged young people to access the advantages of the school. An indoor climbing wall is at the heart of the community element of the project allowing development of resilience and adventure as well as skills, teamwork and leadership. In addition there will be an outdoor classroom at the Junior school allowing greater enquiry activities and controlled outdoor study. Chapel projects will improve the spiritual element of the school experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

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


    » Sponsored climbing to the equivalent of Mt Chimborazo
    » Invite local maintained schools, Primary and Secondary to climbing competitions and training.
    » Provide climbing lessons in the local community through the Scouts and Church.

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

    Aim 2

    Continue to provide bursarial support funds enabling access to the school by less advantaged pupils.


    » Appeal to alumni, parents and former parents as well as friends of the school who have already benefitted from the school.
    » Publicise benefits of bursarial support in the local community which stimulates interest and demand with fund raising events at the school.

    Increased ability to fulfil requests for enhanced funding by entrants from families with limited means. more pupils staying to study in the 6th form.

    Aim 3

    Provide improvements to outdoor and spiritual education.


    » Develop an outdoor classroom for junior pupils and audio visual facilities in the chapel space. Provide outdoor social boarding space for boarders.

    Monitor the feedback from students after weekly services and attend house events to monitor pupil reaction to the use of the facilities. Expect increase in social engagement.

  • Impact


    Improved enrichment of the school experience by all pupils of all ages and ethnicities. By allowing access to pupils from a wider spectrum of backgrounds the pupil experience and social understanding will be noticeably better for all. Participation in challenging and spiritual activities will increase thus developing noticeably more engaged, open minded and confident young people with greater skills and consequent academic attainment.


    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.

    Giles Bowring

    Bursar - Financial Manager. Giles 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.