In founding Magdalen College School in 1480, William Waynflete was determined that others of ability should be able to learn, to flourish and to serve as he had.


Today, we are one of the UK’s leading schools and respected worldwide. Our modern roots as Oxford’s grammar school have kept us true to Waynflete’s ideals. But MCS could not be the school it is without the generosity of its supporters.

We celebrate those who made the school possible each year at Commem – the Commemoration of Benefactors, including William Waynflete. This year will be different. We welcomed the next generation of Old Waynfletes virtually on 4 July 2020, and we are also calling the MCS community to join together in the spirit of “Conveniamus”.

“Conveniamus” (-veni, -ventum)  means “to come together, convene, unify in agreement”, conveying:

  • Let us come together!
  • We would convene (if not for….)
  • A wish that we could meet again.

The subjunctive mood captures so well how we feel in 21st century MCS: we would convene, if it were not for the pandemic. Together, we can help future pupils from all backgrounds secure an MCS education.

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Over the next few months, we will be in touch to explain how, by acting together, we shall raise funds for bursaries and hardship, and we shall tell you more about our historic benefactors. We would love to hear from you too: not least about how we might get together again, once it is safe to do so.

The fundraising campaign will run from Commem on Saturday 4th July 2020 through to late September 2020. The first £50,000 of gifts was matched by an OW who is donating in memory of an inspirational teacher at MCS.

Recognising the ongoing challenges likely to face parents and future pupils in the months and years ahead, a second OW has come forward to match an additional £25,000 in gifts made to the campaign.

All gifts will go toward hardship funds and bursaries.

Thank you for considering making a singular or regular gift in support of hardship funds and bursaries.





There are many ways in which you can support MCS


With financial support:

Make a singular or regular gift

Join the 1480 Society

Leave a gift in your will

We can also suggest tax efficient ways of giving


If you would like to offer your time, expertise, or have items to give the MCS Archive:

Have a look at our page on ways to get involved.


Your support really does have an impact as we illustrate in The Impact of Giving.

As William Waynflete might have said:

Fructibus fruatur donandi donator

May the benefactor enjoy the fruits of their gift