Development

The Development Office at St Catherine’s School was set up in 2006 and works with alumnae, parents and friends to raise funds for the School in support of building projects, bursaries and exceptional pieces of equipment. Like many girls’ schools, St Catherine’s does not enjoy the benefits of a capital endowment, so donations are extremely valuable to the School which is a registered charity. Generous gifts have enabled the School to accelerate its provision of facilities like the Centennary Building Lecture Theatre, providing lasting benefits for both present and future generations. Current fundraising priorities include:

  • Support at St Catherine's
    For an overview of what gifts to St Catherine's have achieved in the past and how your support could impact the School in the future please view Support at St Catherine's.
  • The Bursary Fund - help a girl fulfil her true potential
    Throughout our history we have provided academic excellence for families with very restricted financial means by giving bursaries to talented young women.  Individual and collective generosity ensures that talented girls can gain a first class education.  Alumna Andrea, Class of 2012 and now studying Medicine at Liverpool University, says:  "St Catherine’s gave me everything I have now.  It taught me how to learn and how to think.  My potential was drawn out and I was encouraged to believe in myself." 

    View Bea’s story on the impact of a bursary place on her life.  Click far right. 

    We are holding a series of small evening gatherings to give parents and alumnae the chance to hear more about giving to the Bursary programme.  At each event an alumna who has benefited from a Bursary place will share their story. If you would like to join us please do call Pippa Carte on 014183 899754.

    If you would like to learn more online please see the leaflet to the right.  If you would like to you can donate online below.  If you wish to think about making a significant and longer-term commitment you can consider making a financial commitment to bursaries equivalent to 'Sponsoring a Student'.  
  • The Annual Fund - enhance and enrich learning - watch our video here
    This is our regular giving campaign which allows you to support the school by standing order of any size and frequency. Your gift will support a number of current projects at the School and exceptional pieces of equipment. A recent addition from our Annual Fund donors is new Televic Language Software - a tool being used in the University sector and an amazing support for the girls' learning. 
    This year donations are sought and being used for a Tymp for the Concert Band to keep the beat, equipment for digital learning, a mini-bus, Prep School language learning materials, Google Cardboard Virtual Reality glasses and more!  For further information see our brochure to the right.

  • Let us go on giving bright girls bright futures - leave a legacy
    Once family and friends have been provided for, you might wish to consider a gift in your Will to the School.  Your gift will secure the future of St Catherine's and sustain the values that have shaped the lives of alumnae.  You can find out more about leaving a gift in your Will here.  There is also a Codicil form available if you wish to make a gift and hold this as an addition with your current Will.

  • The Chapel Fund - £205,000 raised and campaign complete!
    Thank you so much for your support. Over £205,000 has now been raised towards a major refurbishment of our historic organ, installed in 1899, and to protect the fabric of the Chapel into the future. You can read memories of alumna here sharing just how special Chapel is to former generations and to girls today.  Read our blog charting the Chapel restoration and see a timelapse film of the organ being dismantled and reconstructed - see the Chapel Restoration Update arrow above. 

To discuss your support please contact our Development Director Pippa Carte email: pippa.carte@stcatherines.info. Direct Line: 01483 899754.  Thank you.

SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL

To make a donation in the following ways:

  • Online – make a secure single gift online at St Catherine’s MyDonate page.
    The MyDonate service is supplied by BT, who do not charge us for processing your donation.
  • Give online via your CAF account.
  • Print a donation form - for regular and single gift.

Gift Aid
Allows the School to claim an additional 25p for each £1 you donate from the Government at no additional cost to you, this makes your donation worth even more.

Matched Giving
Check with your personnel department if they have a matched-giving scheme, this is where the employer matches employee donations to charity, thereby increasing your gift to the School.

Payroll Giving
This is where you give a gift to charity as you earn, it is paid before tax and national insurance and so is very tax efficient.  Your payroll department will provide a form if this is available.

Our Promise to You  

St Catherine’s School Development are committed to high standards of fundraising, being open and honest, clear about our activities, respectful of you and accountable for the support you give us.  We are a member of the Fundraising Standards Board allowing you to give with confidence.  Here is our Fundraising Promise

We recognise that as a School with a large community we have a responsibility to be aware of vulnerable adults in our Association and Development activities.  To find out more about how we manage this responsibility please click here. Should you have a concern in regard to fundraising please see our Complaints Policy here.

Your data, your privacy and being in control
We take your personal privacy very seriously.  Our records are for use by the Association and for fundraising purposes.  Communications might include publications, surveys, appeals and event marketing and may be sent by post, telephone or email.  Rest assured we will never release your details to any third parties for use for marketing purposes.  The School has a responsibility to clean our data which is done with a third party under a strict data agreement solely for this purpose.  You are in control.  If at any time you would prefer not to be contacted please do inform us at association@stcatherines.info

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