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.


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”.