Thinking Forward

What is ‘Thinking Forward’?

‘Thinking Forward’ is our new initiative to raise funds for ‘extra and exceptional’ facilities and equipment that go well beyond standard school facilities, and which will greatly enhance our boys’ educational experience and help them to get the most from their time at The Beacon. The initiative also includes the Headmaster’s Bursary Fund, which helps provide a Beacon education to a wider selection of boys in our community.

Why do we need to raise funds?

Each year we reinvest surplus from school fees back into The Beacon to ensure that our resources and facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards, and provide means-tested bursary support for able boys whose families cannot afford the full fees.

In this fast-paced and ever-changing world that we now live in, we need to do more if we are to continue to provide the very best learning environment and opportunities for our pupils, and ensure that a Beacon education remains accessible to accomplished boys irrespective of background. Our ‘Thinking Forward’ initiative seeks additional sources of financial support to enable us to achieve these aspirations for the benefit of all our boys.

We are extremely fortunate to have an active and supportive parent body, The Beacon Parents’ Society (BPS), which raises funds through various social activities and events. ‘Thinking Forward’ aims to complement the work of the BPS and provides every member of our School community with the opportunity to get involved and make a gift.

Projects for 2019-20

Computing skills for the future

Thinking Forward’s first focus this academic year is to equip our new Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE) with cutting-edge technology that will feed our boys’ intellectual curiosity and enable them to develop computing skills for the future. With your generous support, we hope to add Virtual Reality headsets and screens to stimulate our pupils’ imaginations in new and exciting ways, an interactive whiteboard to enhance collaborative thinking, and a green screen, camera and editing software that will give all our boys the opportunity to safely learn how to use digital media to communicate with wider audiences. Our fundraising target for this project is £30,000.

Bursaries – changing a boy’s life

The Headmaster’s Bursary Fund helps to widen access by supporting boys who we know will thrive at The Beacon but who, for financial reasons, would otherwise be unable to take up a place at the School. Today, just over 2% of our pupils receive means-tested financial assistance, and the School remains committed to ensuring that a Beacon education remains accessible to talented and aspiring boys irrespective of background. We aim to increase our bursary provision to more than 4% in the next five years. Your support will make a very real difference to a young boy’s start in life, and will help to enrich our community by maintaining breadth and diversity across the School.

Make a donation

If you feel able to make a gift towards The Beacon’s ‘Thinking Forward’ initiative, then thank you. All gifts, large or small, are appreciated and will make a very real difference to our pupils, both now and in the years to come. Donations made regularly are especially valuable as they allow us to plan with confidence for the future.

Gifts can be made online or by bank transfer or cheque (for donations by bank transfer or cheque, please print and complete this donation form).

Recognising our supporters

By giving to our ‘Thinking Forward’ campaign you will help our boys to get the very most from their time at The Beacon. Progress will be published in our newsletters and in The Flame magazine, where your name will be listed (donation amounts will not be published). If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate this clearly when you make your gift.

Tax Efficient Giving

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can increase the value of your donation by 25%, making every £1,000 worth £1,250.

If you are a higher-rate taxpayer, then you can also reclaim 25% of the value of your donation when you come to complete your self-assessment tax return so that your donation costs you 60% of its value to us.

Please give – together we can make such a difference.

Monthly £25 £100 £250
12 payments/ Annual total £300 £1,200 £3,000
Value to The Beacon with Gift Aid £375 £1,500 £3,750
Cost to higher rate tax payer £225 £900 £2,250

 

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