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Project information

CHANGING LIVES - The Giggleswick Bursary Campaign

Every year several young people, who could have enjoyed a Giggleswick education have to be denied the opportunity by limited funds. Our mission is to provide the widest access to this unique educational opportunity that is ever more costly through our Changing Lives Bursaries Campaign.

September 2017 - July 2022

Charity information: Giggleswick School Foundation

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  • Need


    Rising costs combined with the loss of the Assisted Places Scheme has reduced access to the educational opportunities available at independent schools. As a consequence many children from the widest backgrounds are denied this unique opportunity because funds to underwrite bursaries are so limited. This has narrowed the educational and social experience for all pupils and limits our ability to serve the regional community, which the school is such an integral part of.


    Over 120 pupils have received bursary assistance in the last three years. We continue to make prospective applicants aware of what is on offer to help them. Our initial target in year one is £120000 which will enable 3 full sixth form boarders or five Year 9 Day Pupils to attend the school on 100% fee relief. We expect the fund to be self-sustaining, rising to £500000 by the end of year 3 & £1m by the end of year seven. Up to 10 pupils will then have completed their experience at Giggleswick

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To generate income to underwrite at least 2 100% bursaries for sixth form boarding entry per year.


    » Publicise the campaign across the alumni and parent community of 4000 interested supporters using print and web material.
    » Meet with and discuss the campaign and its purpose with selected suporters and donors.
    » To approach and meet with local organisations who might be sympathetic to sponsoring the campaign.

    What success will look like

    Nominated recipients of the bursary scheme will be identified to donors by the start of the academic year 2018 / 19. There will be a written report on the fund available to donors.

    Aim 2

    To raise understanding of the need for bursaries throughout the community of alumni and parents.


    » To cultivate and recruit new donors through organised campaigning and events.
    » To advertise the success of previous recipients by gathering news and publishing it in our alumni journal and in on line publications.
    » Invite recipients willing to speak of their experiences at reunions and gatherings to show what benefits are possible to the active community.

    What success will look like

    High profile publication of our progress at major events including Speech Day and the annual reunion. Through articles in the alumni journal and at events such as the Legacy Lunch.

    Aim 3

    To provide a life changing opportunity for young people from financially restricted circumstances.


    » To work with the parents community to enable full sponsorship of uniform, books, equipment and activities such as tours and trips.
    » To provide ongoing support from the alumni community with mentoring, careers advice and work experience after leaving Giggleswick School.
    » To approach local and national institutions such as trusts and major alumni employers to help underwrite the costs of the fund and to boost it.

    What success will look like

    To report back through the alumni magazine and at fundraising events on the funds raised. Also by reporting on the progress and activities of the recipients as they pass through.

  • Impact


    This campaign is intended to be life influencing for its recipients. It is expected that recipients will benefit by enhanced qualifications, higher education opportunities and career pathways. They will gain skills, contacts, friendships and social experiences that enable them to make a fundamental difference to those who succeed them.
    This will be demonstrated by increased bursary uptake at the school and by publicised benefits to the recipients over time.


    The key risks are: Insufficient donors coming forward, insufficient funds being raised from the available donors and lack of appropriate recipients from outside the existing community.
    Any bursaries offered by the school will be honoured whatever the fund raising status of the campaign. We will not have inappropriate expectations of the community and adjust targets accordingly. Widespread publicity of the campaign across several platforms over a realistic time period will minimise the risks.


    The published foundation report to governors and all donors will account for the activities and level of success. The Chair of Governors and Headmaster make regular reports to parents and the wider community via the alumni magazine, school chronicle and various public events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £121,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £700 Print production and distribut Print and mailing of campaign literature to 4000 recipients.
      £300 Admin costs Data cleansing and subcontracted data processing time.
      £30,000 1 Full boarding Bursary year 1 100% bursary for 1 senior boarder for 1st full year's tuition and sustenance
      £30,000 1 Full boarding Bursary year 1 100% bursary for 1 senior boarder for 1st full year's tuition and sustenance
      £30,000 1 Full boarding Bursary year 2 100% bursary for 1 senior boarder for 2nd full year's tuition and sustenance
      £30,000 1 Full boarding Bursary year 2 100% bursary for 1 senior boarder for 2nd full year's tuition and sustenance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Old Giggleswickian Club £5,000 Guaranteed
    Existing bursary funds £6,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Giggleswick Foundation Changing Lives Fund is intended for the tuition, personal development and subsistence of young people at Giggleswick School near Settle in North Yorkshire.


    Year 7 to 13 entrants to the school whose family background forces them to be unable to afford the education and experiences provided, are the main beneficiaries. In addition the whole school community, pupils and teachers alike will be enriched by the personalities, life experiences and talents of those who receive these bursaries. We expect that the recipients will take their holistic development home and enhance their family life through what they learn and experience.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Giggleswick School has been providing life changing education for young people across the North of England for 500 years. Our tradition of high quality tuition combined with the personal enhancement of the boarding experience, challenging activities in outdoor pursuits and co-curricular activities as well as a wide variety of sporting opportunities and achievements under the umbrella of excellent and sensitive pastoral care, backed by a loyal community of 5000 alumni and former parents.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Turnbull

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

    James Bellis

    Development Officer - Has developed our projects and initiatives for Bursaries and Legacies, he has close links with the parent & alumni communities.

    Jane Paul

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

    Matthew Hodge

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

"My parents could not have afforded any fees. When my parents moved away, Giggleswick boarded me. So I owe so many thanks for my bursary .............. Giggleswick was not only good to me, it was also good for me. It is time now to acknowledge that debt".

Christopher 1950's