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Welcome to the Development Office at St John’s

St John's School is a registered charity and raises money, through the Development Office, to support the School's charitable and community work.

Each year the Development Office particularly supports the School in the provision of funds for:

  • Capital projects around St John's for the benefit of the pupils and the wider community. In recent years this has included the restoration of the Old Chapel, the renovation of the War memorial, equipment for the new Science Centre, a bespoke organ for the Chapel and refurbishment of the cricket pavilion.

St John's is enormously grateful for the financial support, involvement and charitable giving it receives from parent past and present, OJs and friends of the School to carry out its important work.

If you would like more information on current fundraising priorities or how to make a gift please contact the Development Office.

St John's Foundation School is a Registered Charity number 312064.

History of support

St John's has a long tradition of benefaction dating to its foundation in 1851 as a charity school to provide an education for the ‘sons of the poor clergy'. It was the only school in England to do so completely free of charge, and we are very proud to continue this support today with Foundationer bursaries ensuring the School is affordable and accessible to clergy families.

To date, over 4,000 families have received financial help to attend the School. In its early days, donors had the authority to vote on which pupils were admitted to St John's. A donation of £500 allowed a donor "always to have one boy on the foundation". Early supporters included the great Victorian philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts.

In 2010 the scope of the School’s fundraising was broadened to provide support for all of the School's charitable and community projects. A new bursary known as the Albany Award, providing full funding for children from very low-income backgrounds was launched and today 6 pupils are being supported through the School in this way.

Support is also sought to fund other carefully selected capital projects to develop the School.