Bursary Fund Appeal
From The Head of Foundation
For more than four and a half centuries the generosity of benefactors and their belief in Dauntsey’s have been fundamental to the School’s development and success. Back in 1542, William Dauntesey had a vision to provide an education and opportunities for local West Lavington boys and girls. From those early seeds Dauntsey’s has grown into a wonderful place, with a large number of youngsters, both boarding and day, attending our magnificent school.
I hope that Old Dauntseians reflect on their time at Dauntsey’s with happy memories and fondness and that you will wish to help others have similar opportunities. Please join me in supporting our fundraising initiative. A gift, however small, will make a real difference: it is participation that counts.
The Bursary Fund
The School today is thriving, with 830 pupils enjoying their education in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Demand for places is high, with over 150 applicants sitting our January 2017 Year 7 entrance test papers. This is all good news and reflects our reputation for academic excellence and the wide range of opportunities available at the School.
The aim of the Bursary Fund is to widen accessibility to Dauntsey’s by offering financial support to those families that would otherwise be unable to afford the school fees. The scheme will involve free places for some and financial assistance for others. Local students from Lavington School will be encouraged to apply for Sixth Form places, reviving the former County Council ‘Lavington Link’.
Please give this request serious consideration and help us to make this initiative a real success. If 500 ODs donate £10 per month, this will raise an annual sum of £75000 after gift aid. Your donation will make a significant difference to our plans and enable many boys and girls to experience an outstanding Dauntsey’s education.
A list of our benefactors will appear in the summer edition of the OD newsletter, Odyssey.
Your Gift to Dauntsey's
Your gift, however small, will make a real difference to the Bursary Fund – it is participation that counts.
Dauntsey’s is a registered charity, so if you make a donation using Gift Aid we can reclaim basic rate tax on your gift. In addition, if you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and the basic rate on your donation. This is done either through your Self Assessment Tax Return or by asking HMRC to amend your tax code.
You donate £100
The School receives £125 after reclaimed tax
If you pay 40% tax, you can claim back 20% of the £125 total: £25
If you pay 45% tax, you can claim back 25% of the £125 total: £31.25
This means that if you donate £100 as a higher rate tax payer, the cost to you is £75 and the School receives £125.
The figures are very attractive indeed: please support our appeal.
To support the Dauntsey's Bursary Fund, please complete the attached form.