Supporting Magdalen College School

MCS could not be the school that it is today without the generosity of generations of its supporters. Nevertheless, unlike several schools in its peer group, MCS does not benefit from a permanent endowment. Over the centuries, periodic appeals and campaigns have transformed MCS. 

We are committed to two key principles:

1. MCS owes its unique spirit and past successes to the fact that it has always been socially inclusive. The school’s continued success is dependent upon admitting the brightest pupils with the most potential, regardless of their backgrounds or their parents’ ability to pay the school fees. Therefore, the school is committed to increasing the funds available for bursaries.

2. MCS aims to provide the very best in academic and extra-curricular opportunities for all our pupils. MCS is not in the ‘facilities arms race’. However, we believe our facilities must be fit for purpose, so that our buildings and infrastructure can support our heartfelt philosophy – that every facet of an MCS education should be second to none.

For more information about giving to MCS since 2014, click here to read our Donor Report 2014-15 and Donor Report 2015-16.
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How Can I Help?

One-off Gifts: You can make a single donation to support a variety of areas at MCS by clicking here. If you would like to give to the new Sixth Form Centre, click here.

Regular Giving: Many donors prefer to spread their gift out into monthly, quarterly or annual instalments. If 20 parents and Old Waynfletes each gave £30 per month for a year, with Gift Aid that would be £9,000, the equivalent of a 50% bursary for one pupil for a year. If you would like to help in this way, please click here.

Gift Aid: Both regular and single gifts can be made to a registered charity such as MCS in a tax efficient way by completing a Gift Aid declaration. Gift Aid enables us to claim an additional 25% from the Government for your gift at no extra cost to you. Higher-rate taxpayers can themselves claim tax relief on their gross donation when completing their annual Self Assessment tax return. Click here to download a donation/Gift Aid declaration form.Gift Aid It

Payroll and Matched Giving: Your company may offer payroll or matched giving. Payroll giving is deducted from your salary before tax, with the result that each pound that you give will cost you 78 pence (or 60 pence for higher-rate tax payers). Many companies also offer a Matched Giving scheme. Rates vary according to your company, but could in some cases treble your donation. Contact the Waynflete Office for further information on either of these schemes.

Leaving a Legacy: Once you have made provision for family and other loved ones in your Will, please consider leaving a legacy to Magdalen College School. Legacies have always been an important part of the distinguished tradition of benefaction which has underpinned the school’s success. All bequests will go towards ensuring that MCS can continue to offer the very best in education to future generations of pupils. Please email the Senior Development Manager, Shona Nicholson, to set up a confidential discussion.

2016 saw the launch of the Bob Stanier Society for those planning a bequest to MCS, giving us the opportunity to thank such donors at an annual lunch. It is named after former Master (1944-67) Bob Stanier, who played such a formative role in making MCS the school it is today.

To find out about other methods of giving, such as gifts of shares, please email the Senior Development Manager, Shona Nicholson.

Careers and Talks: MCS is hugely fortunate to have a community that is generous with time and expertise. We always welcome offers of assistance with careers, through advice, networking, internships and more. We also have a thriving series of talks, both for pupils and for the wider community. If you or someone you know would be interested in giving a talk, please get in touch.

Archives: We are always delighted to receive any items pertaining to the history of the school. Please contact the Waynflete Office if you have such items you would like to donate.

Donor’s Charter - Our Commitment to You

  • We will regularly publish information about the school’s activities and progress
  • We will take account of the views of donors
  • Fundraising activity will be supported by a clear case for support
  • If you wish your donation to go towards a particular project, we will ensure that this happens
  • If you request anonymity, we will treat your donation as confidential
  • We will acknowledge your donation appropriately as soon as possible after we receive it

Giving to MCS

All gifts are processed by Magdalen College School. Your kind gift will be held in the specific MCS fund whose purposes most closely correspond to the area you wish to support and shall then be applied in accordance with the purposes of the relevant fund. 


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