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.
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
The MGGS Development Trust was established in 2011 to raise much-needed funds. The chart below shows how the different funding within the school works:
Past Projects Supported by the Development Trust Office
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.
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.
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’.
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”.
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.