Much of the historical character of the King’s School has been founded upon a community of diverse backgrounds. However King’s does not benefit from any major endowment funds to assist with the continuing provision of scholarships, bursaries or the funding of major projects.

The generosity of our community is needed more than ever to secure this provision for the future. The Development Trust is an independent and separately registered charity from the School. It exists to receive and allocate funds donated to King’s to help young people reach their potential and to lead confident, fulfilled and unselfish lives as adults.

After substantial support in recent years for some of the school’s major capital projects the trust is now committed to securing a bursary fund which will enable us to honour one of our key founding principles:

The provision of forty free places for scholars who are poor and destitute of the help of friends, already literate, of native genius, and with an inborn aptitude for learning.

Excerpt from our founding charter 1541.

In July 2017, following a year of celebrations to mark the four hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary since our re-founding, we will launch our Anniversary Campaign. The aim is that by the time of our five hundredth anniversary in 2041, we will finally have secured the provision of these forty free places.

This is a long term vision and the target is ambitious but it is the key to securing bursary provision in perpetuity and the essence on which the King's school is founded.

The Development Trust Annual Report 2015/16