Since its foundation in 1719, our school has benefited from the work of a group of locally appointed people known as ‘Trustees’. The Trustees are responsible for looking after the small trust fund left by Thomas Andrews. Originally, the money came from the ‘fee farm rents’ paid by tenants occupying lands and property owned by Thomas Andrews. The money had to pay for the setting up of the school, the hiring of the School Master and any additional staff, as well as the day to day upkeep of the school.
The small legacy fund that still remains is carefully looked after by our current Trustees. The Trustees meet at least termly and explore ways to support the school with grants towards special projects. In recent years the Trustees have provided funds for furniture when the new classrooms for Acorns and Year 1 were built, and for the new AV equipment and stage lighting when the Hall was refurbished. Currently, they are helping us with a grant to allow us to refresh some of the furniture in our classrooms.
In keeping with the spirit of Thomas Andrews’ original endowment to the school, the Trustees help support families who are in financial hardship, providing small bursaries towards the cost of our Year 6 Residential Visit, ensuring that no child misses out on any of the valuable learning experiences on offer at our school.