Fitzwygram Foundation

Hampton has a long-established tradition of providing free places to boys whose families could not otherwise afford a Hampton education. The Fitzwygram Foundation has one simple but transformative aim: to increase the number of Free Places available at Hampton School.

Applying for financial assistance

50 FREE PLACES

Our aim is to fund an additional 50 Free Places called Fitzwygram Scholarships at Hampton School by 2025.

  • Why Fitzwygram?  Fitzroy Fitzwygram was a local Victorian vicar who used his own money to fund schooling for Hampton children.
  • Why 2025? It is the 50th anniversary of Hampton becoming an independent school in 1975.
  • Why 50? One for each year of independence, so an extra 50 free places for 50 years on.

Hampton has a long tradition of providing financial assistance to families who might not otherwise be able to afford to send their sons to the School. In 2019-20, we provided Free Places to over 40 boys and financial help to another 40 families. We aspire to do a great deal more, but the School has no historic financial endowment and this limits the number of pupils we can currently support. We hope that Hamptonians, past and current parents, and other supporters of Hampton School, will share our vision and support the Foundation and its aims.

Patrick Aryee

 

Patrick attended Hampton on a Free Place. He was keen on Athletics, Rugby, Theatre Studies and Science. After studying Cancer Biology at the University of Bristol, he decided to pursue a career in wildlife film-making. He is now a regular presenter on BBC and Sky.

“The support I received to attend Hampton enabled me to become the person that I wanted to be. Hampton not only allowed my enthusiasm for science to grow, but also encouraged me to be conscious of the world around me. I am eternally grateful for all the opportunities that Hampton provided me with and I am delighted that The Fitzwygram Foundation will provide further free places to future Hamptonians.

Luke Dent

Luke graduated from St Edmund Hall, Oxford in 2017 with a First in Materials Science and a nomination for a national academic award. He is pursuing a career in patent law, starting in September 2018. While at Oxford, Luke spent one summer on placement at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and another researching synthetic diamond materials. He continued playing rugby after Hampton, representing his college as well as the Oxford Colleges XV against Cambridge Colleges XV.

“Hampton provided me with incredible opportunities and I am very grateful for the generosity of the benefactor who supported my place at the School. Hampton is far from a typical school; its nurturing atmosphere allows boys to work towards their ambitions, encouraging all-round development as people as well as students.”

Luca Cericola

Luca is currently at Bath University, where he is studying Biochemistry and playing rugby for the University. At Hampton, Luca was an integral part of the Rugby 1st XV and a School Vice-Captain.

“I was given a free place at Hampton and I knew that I had to make the most of my time at the School. Throughout my time I wanted to repay the School for giving me such an incredible opportunity. It was an absolute pleasure to get involved with as many sporting, social and academic opportunities as I could and I continuously pushed myself to my limits to ensure that I achieved my goals. Hampton gave me the chance to explore and express my potential in all aspects of life and this is something I simply could not have even dreamed of until I was awarded a free place to Hampton.”

 

REGULAR GIVING – THE 1557 CLUB

Our challenge is significant but we believe it is one that will inspire Hamptonians and the School’s friends and supporters. We welcome support from all and are relying on the generosity of smaller regular giving, as well as major donations, as we aim to increase the number of Free Places at Hampton School. One way that you can make a meaningful contribution is by giving a regular gift over a period of time.

The School was founded in 1557, endowed by a bequest in Robert Hammond’s Will. To reflect this, benefactors might wish to donate £15.57 per month or £1,557 per annum.

By donating tax effectively, the net cost to you, the donor, will be reduced considerably. An illustration of the net cost and impact of giving follows:

The cost and impact of gifts of £15.57 per month

Gift Amount Gift Aid Value to FF
Monthly £15.57 £3.89 £19.46
Annual £186.84 £46.71 £233.55
If 40% taxpayer £140.13 monthly cost to donor is £11.68
If 45% taxpayer £128.45 monthly cost to donor is £10.70

86 donors of £15.57 a month would support one Fitzwygram Scholarship at Hampton School.

The cost and impact of gifts of £1,557 per annum

Gift Amount Gift Aid Value to FF
Monthly £129.75 £32.44 £162.19
Annual £1,557.00 £389.25 £1,946.25
If 40% taxpayer £1,167.77 monthly cost to donor is £97.31
If 45% taxpayer £1,070.44 monthly cost to donor is £89.20

Ten donors of £1,557 a year would support one Fitzwygram Scholarship at Hampton School.

Join the 1557 Club

To join the 1557 Club please fill in the donation form and return it to The Fitzwygram Foundation, Hampton School, Freepost SEA0924, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3HD.

T 0208 783 4406

E alumni@hamptonschool.org.uk

Donate Online   Join the 1557 Club

We are delighted that you are considering your support for the Fitzwygram Foundation. Your generosity will help Hampton School preserve its long tradition of providing Free Places for boys whose families could not otherwise afford a Hampton School education. Many future Hamptonians, as well as the School, its governors and staff, will be hugely grateful.

We are most grateful to all those who are supporting The Fitzwygram Foundation in various ways, whether by a  single donation, by regular giving to the Foundation’s 1557 Club, or by making a legacy. Here are some brief details to help you decide what suits you best.

Tax Efficient Giving 

Taxpayers can maximise the impact of their donation to the Fitzwygram Foundation. Both in the UK and overseas gifts can be enhanced through a variety of tax concessions and charitable action. Your financial adviser can tell you more.

Gift Aid

You can increase the value of your donation to The Fitzwygram Foundation, a registered charity, by completing a Gift Aid declaration form. This allows the Foundation to reclaim the basic rate tax of your gift (£25 of tax on every £100 that you gift).  This means that that The Fitzwygram Foundation has £125 for Free Place Scholarships.

Donate Online – Please complete the online form

Donate by Post

To make a gift to The Fitzwygram Foundation by cheque or banker’s order, please fill in the donation form and return it toThe Fitzwygram Foundation, Hampton School, Freepost SEA0924, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3HD

Legacy Gifts

Those wishing to leave a legacy gift in their Will to the Fitzwygram Foundation, a registered charity, are invited to become members of the Hammond Society, a group of supporters who receive a Hammond Society tie and a regular invitation to the School.  All charitable bequests, whether cash, shares or other gifts, are exempt from inheritance tax.  Please contact Frank Keenan at the School for further information.

Donations from the US

If you live in the US and you would like to make a donation to the Fitzwygram Foundation, there are ways of making your gift tax-efficient.  To facilitate donations, The Fitzwygram Foundation is registered with the BSUF, the British Schools and Universities Foundation. Please make your donation here.

Donations from Europe

Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) enables donors who reside in one of the participating countries to support charitable organisations in other member countries, while benefiting directly from the tax advantages provided for in the legislation of their country of residence.

Currently, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland participate in the scheme. Further information is available here.

Corporate Gifts

Companies and partnerships can make tax-efficient gifts to the Fitzwygram Foundation. Gifts can be one-off or regular and the value of the gift can be offset against the company’s highest rate of Corporation Tax. More information about corporate giving can be found here.

Donation of Shares

Publicly quoted shares can be gifted to the Fitzwygram Foundation in a tax-efficient manner. Donors can receive a significant relief on their income tax bill and an exemption from Capital Gains Tax on any gains they have made on the shares.

In addition to the guidance provided above, you are encouraged to seek independent financial advice.

More information about donating shares to a charity here.

Hampton has a long-established tradition of providing free places to boys whose families could not otherwise afford a Hampton education

HAMPTON’S EARLY BENEFACTORS

Our earliest benefactors, Robert Hammond, Nicholas Pigeon, and his grandson Edmund Pigeon, were local philanthropists who used their wealth to support the education of children of poor families. Local Victorian social reformer, the Reverend FitzRoy Fitzwygram, funded the opening of new schools for underprivileged children in Hampton.

FREE PLACES AT HAMPTON

In the 1930s and 1940s, the much-loved Hampton Headmaster, Arthur Mason, awarded Free Places to boys whose families needed help with fees. Following national education reforms in 1944, places at Hampton Grammar School were free for all pupils, irrespective of a family’s financial means. From 1980, the government’s Assisted Places Scheme provided means-tested places for pupils joining at 11+ or in the Sixth Form.  Since the cessation of this scheme in 1998, the School itself has offered reduced-fee and Free Places to young people, and will continue to do so. In a typical year, Hampton provides Free Places to over 40 boys, with further 40 or so places offered on a reduced-fee basis, thus benefiting over 80 boys in all.

FUTURE PLANS

The Hampton School Trust is determined to welcome many more boys whose families cannot afford the fees and who would thrive at Hampton and beyond. Unlike many schools, Hampton has no historic endowment funds, which limits the number of pupils we can currently support. Over recent years, several boys have benefited from a Hampton education thanks to the generosity of individual donors who have funded their places. There are still many talented boys, however, who cannot benefit from a Hampton education at this time due to lack of available funding.  It is to provide funds for these boys that we have established The Fitzwygram Foundation.

We believe that Hamptonians, past and current parents, and other supporters of Hampton School, will share our vision and support the Foundation and its aims.