The William Jones Fund

The William Jones Fund will be launched later in the summer to former pupils of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. This major new bursaries campaign will be central to the future evolution of Monmouth School for Girls whilst remaining faithful to the founding principles of William Jones.

The William Jones Fund will enable donors to support girls and to choose how their donation is allocated (academic, music, sport). The first telephone campaign at Monmouth will support the launch of the Fund and encourage donors to set up direct debits for regular amounts. Those in a position to donate in excess of £1,500 per annum will have an award named after them.

The cost from September 2018 of nearly £16,000 for a day fee per annum per child is beyond the incomes of many locally. Whether you are able to contribute a small percentage of a day fee or commit to educating a child through their whole school career, all is helpful.

So many have benefited from the generosity of William Jones and his foresight over 400 years ago, but we need to build on his legacy. The endowment provides only half the money needed to meet our current bursary commitments. If Monmouth School is to remain the socially diverse place it is today it is reliant on the generosity of former pupils.

For further information please contact the Development Director, Mrs Clare Anning, development@habsmonmouth.org

The Monmouth Schools’ Charitable Trust

All donations and legacies are channelled through the Monmouth Schools’ Charitable Trust which was established in 2013 as a vehicle separate from the William Jones’s Schools Foundation (the endowment). The Trust was formed to support fundraising at both schools and to help establish a culture of philanthropic giving through donations and legacies.

Under the Monmouth Schools’ Charitable Trust, a William Jones Fund for the benefit of Monmouth School for Girls and a separate William Jones Fund for the benefit of Monmouth School for Boys have been created.

Trustees are predominantly former pupils with a vested interest in the success of fundraising. Most have directly benefited from the generosity of William Jones. We are grateful to those who give up their time to serve as trustees.

A message from Chairman of Monmouth Schools' Chartitable Trust

In the past, a Monmouth School education for girls of ability, from low-income families, was a given. Generations of girls, whether their parents could afford full fees or none, have been educated to the highest standard and gone on to play their part locally and nationally in business, academia, the arts, politics and sport. The Direct Grant system and latterly the Government Assisted Places Scheme (which ended in 1997) made Monmouth accessible for more families at different times in our history.

Over the past few years, the school has reassessed its priorities and focused on much-needed repair and renewal work around teaching and boarding and is currently building a fantastic Performing Arts Centre. This work has inevitably depleted reserves and reduced the amount available to the school from the endowment. The focus now for fundraising is very firmly on the longer term aim to build a new William Jones (Bursary and Scholarship) Fund solely to provide ‘the gift of education’ to as many girls of ability from the local area as possible. The new fund will help with fees for girls who show potential not just academically but also in music or sport.

We believe that a well-rounded education, which encourages children to become independent thinkers and leaders, is a life-changing gift. We believe that every child who is talented, willing to work hard and contribute to the ethos of the school should have access to the first-class education Monmouth provides, regardless of their personal financial circumstance. Please support Monmouth today.

David Hitchcock OBE
Chairman, Monmouth Schools’ Charitable Trust

Testimonial

“Winning a Jones scholarship to Monmouth School for Girls when I was 11 years old (and my family lived in a caravan) changed my life and my opportunities completely. I will never know what my path in life would have been if I had not gone to Monmouth, but I am fairly certain that I may not even have gone to university (no-one in my family had gone before me) and by inference am unlikely to have had careers in so many different areas of life – social work, education, politics, the voluntary sector. Without that scholarship my life would have been much less rich and rewarding, and I suspect I would have given much less back to society.”

Jackie Ballard
Monmouth School for Girls (1964 – 1971)