Our School Developments

Raising funds for the school to enable the development of our buildings and resources for the benefit of our students.

The MGGS Development Trust Office

The MGGS Development Trust Office has raised over £100,000 since 2017 from the generosity of parents, alumni and friends of the school. This has allowed us to replace the failing power distribution system in the main hall, which prevented the use of the stage lights, the refurbishment of the school library and the creation of ‘The Woodland Garden ~ Our space to remember and reflect’.

In order to sustain Maidstone Grammar School for Girls’ successes, it is important that the MGGS Development Trust continues to grow. This ensures that the very best facilities are available for our students, supporting them academically and pastorally.

The MGGS Development Trust was established in 2011 to raise much-needed funds. This chart below shows how the different funding within the school works:

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Development Trust and PFA Hierarchy

Aims of the MGGS Development Trust Office

The MGGS Development Trust Office was established with the following specific aims:

  • To raise the profile of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

  • To connect or reconnect Alumni, Parents, Staff, Students and other friends of the school

  • To build a sense of school community spirit and to establish a sense of pride within the school

  • To raise funds

As a Head Student at MGGS, I have worked closely with The MGGS Development Trust, getting to know how it runs and who gets involved. I am overjoyed that I have had this opportunity as I genuinely love every second of it. It is truly amazing to see how the community of students comes together for fundraising events and how much they enjoy using our recent developments. I am excited for what the future holds, and how we can integrate roles of responsibility for the MGGS Development Trust into every year group of our school.

Bethany S, Year 13 Student

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Past Projects Supported by the Development Trust Office

MGGS - Buckland House

In 2012 Buckland House was opened as the new English, Art, Social Sciences and 6th Form Block. The MGGS Development Trust raised £300,000 towards this project.

The Molly Tipples Sports Hall

The MGGS Development Trust raised in excess of £80,000 to cover the cost of the flooring in The Molly Tipples Sports Hall.

BeforeAfter

The Oldham Quad was renovated in 2017. The old quad ended up looking quite run down and the pond was a hazard. The William and Edith Oldham Charitable Trust kindly donated money, and so the Oldham Quad is now named after them. It is a wonderful place to study with new benches and raised beds.

BeforeAfter

Our ‘Let There Be Light’ campaign raised £20,000 to replace the stage lighting in the main hall. The new stage lighting power distribution systems have enabled the school to make use of the amazing lighting facilities, which had to be taken out of action due to ageing wiring and electrical problems of the 30 year old system. Special thanks to The Rochester Bridge Trust and also to The William and Edith Oldham Charitable Trust who helped to make this happen.

BeforeAfter

We held ‘The Great Silence 2’, where MGGS fell silent for a whole school day! This was a fundraising event with a difference because the Houses competed against each other to raise the most money. Romans were victorious, securing extra points towards the House Cup. This, together with a raffle at our fabulous 130th Birthday Party, allowed us to raise £7,000 to refurbish the school library, which has now become ‘The Mary Smith Library’.

BeforeAfter

The MGGS Development Trust was delighted to welcome The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Marion Ring as the guest of honour on Tuesday 9th July 2019 to officially open ‘The Woodland Garden ~ Our space to remember and reflect’. It is a sobering statistic that 1 in 29 young people have experienced the death of a parent or sibling and many more will have experienced the death of another loved one, such as a grandparent, a friend or a pet. In a world that is so busy “doing”, this garden is a space to “be” rather than “do”.

MGGS Summer Fair

On Friday the 5th of July 2019, the MGGS community enjoyed a wonderful afternoon celebrating our school and the weather certainly lent itself to our tropical theme! The sun shone brightly as students and staff alike enjoyed an extended lunch break for the summer fair, raising around £2,500 to enhance our WWII tunnels experience.

Supporting Future Projects

The Molly Tipples Sports Hall is a wonderful addition to the school and sport and fitness is very important at MGGS. However, there are a few issues which the Sports Hall has not solved:

  • MGGS offers GCSE Dance and has a tradition of extensive dance, with groups of students competing and being placed in the top 10 at national finals in the last two years. Unfortunately, the current dance studios are being used as changing facilities

  • There are approximately 50 boys currently in the 6th Form at MGGS who do not have any access to a PE changing room

  • The Molly Tipples Sports hall is let on a regular basis, but it does not contain any showers. This is an issue for some of the groups who let the facilities.

The MGGS Development Trust hope to support the school in solving these issues by helping to raise the funds to build an extension to The Molly Tipples Sports Hall. The Sports Hall will contain 2 female and 2 male changing rooms which will include shower facilities. These new changing rooms will free up the dance studios in the main Sports Hall, allowing them to be used for their intended purpose.

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls is incredibly proud of its history and are fortunate to have original WWII tunnels beneath the school grounds, as well as detailed accounts and drawings of school life during that time. The first set of tunnels was reopened in 2013 and since then the school has been offering visits to Primary Schools in order to enrich their pupils’ learning. However, the school does not have a permanent base to host these visits and as such feedback from primary schools has been that hosting the visits in a replica 1940s classroom would greatly enhance their pupils experience.  Unfortunately, the tunnel is not accessible to anyone with mobility issues due to the access being via steep concrete steps. This is an issue for both primary school visits and the general public, especially in the older age group. Awareness of the WWII tunnels is being raised by ‘A Schoolgirl’s War’, a book written about school life at MGGS during WWII. There is a lot of interest from the general public, but the school is not currently able to offer visits to the general public. The MGGS Development Trust aim to raise £140,000 to include a 1940s classroom in the Sports Hall extension and to create a virtual reality experience in order to allow the entire community to access a fully immersive, educational WWII attraction. In addition to this, a second set of tunnels has been rediscovered at the front of the school.The Development Trust would like to raise £30,000 to reopen them for students and the public.

Ways to Give

One-Off or Regular Gifts

We are very grateful for all donations, big or small. You are able to donate to The MGGS Development Trust via our Virgin Money Giving page www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/astepintime, by cheque made payable to the MGGS Development Trust or by BACS . Please pay: Account Name: The MGGS Development Trust, Sort code 40-31-06, Account Number 32495813

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Grants & Fundraising Ideas

If you hear of any grant making trusts who you feel would be able to help us with our projects, please do get in touch with us.

Do you have any experience of successful fundraisers? Do you have fundraising ideas to share? If so, it would be wonderful to hear from you.

The MGGS 1888 Society

We are delighted to be launching The MGGS 1888 Society in January 2020. MGGS was founded in 1888, at its original site in Albion Place in Maidstone. The MGGS 1888 Society is an exclusive group of alumni with two tiers of membership.

  • Level 1Alumni who pledge to donate at least £18.88 per month to The MGGS Development Trust.
  • Level 2Alumni who pledge to donate at least £18.88 per year to The MGGS Development Trust.

Each level will come with its own member benefits which will be announced soon.

In order to join, please complete and return the standing order form (and Gift Aid form if applicable). If you already donate, you will be automatically enrolled at the applicable level.

Standing Order Mandate & Gift Aid Declaration

A Schoolgirl’s War

A Schoolgirl’s War, written by former MGGS Headteacher – Mary Smith, is an evocative record of school life in wartime bringing together an exquisite and unparalleled set of paintings of girls at school during WW2, and first-hand recollections of pupils who experienced disrupted schooling, air-raids, doodlebugs and lessons in underground shelters. MGGS art teacher Helen Keen set out to record the life of the school as the war unfolded. Her paintings have never been published before. Those pictures and the vivid memories of the old girls, now in their 80’s and 90’s, will move you and surprise you. The material will be a rich read for anyone with an interest in the history of the home front in WW2.

The selling price is £10 (plus P&P), with profits going towards enhancing the MGGS WWII Tunnels Experience. If you have any queries about the book or would like to purchase a substantial order (more than 6 copies), please contact Lila Brewer – Development Trust Officer at MGGS via lbrewer@mggs.org.

You can purchase your copy for delivery using the PayPal link below. Postage is available to UK addresses only. Students of MGGS can purchase the book directly from the Development Trust Office – please use email above to place orders.


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Primary School Tunnel Visits

We host visits to our WWII tunnels experience for primary school students. Interested primary schools can request further information by contacting Lila Brewer via dto@mggs.org.

WWII Tunnel Visits

Latest News from the Development Trust

MGGS Development Trust Newsletter - Summer 2020
MGGS Development Trust Newsletter - December 2019

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