The gifts of our donors – whether financial, of time, or of expertise – are decisive, visible, and valued.


The depth and range of support that MCS garners ensures that the school continues to flourish and widen its benevolent reach far beyond the individuals in our care, in keeping with William Waynflete’s ethos.


Bursaries and Hardship

Raising funds for bursaries and hardship was the focus of our Conveniamus campaign, which ran from July through September 2020, raising £262,000.

Through gifts to bursaries, the school is able to protect its direct grant ethos and the school’s founding ideals. That our pupils come from a range of backgrounds and societal parts will remain fundamentally important to MCS.

Of course, the current pandemic also poses immediate challenges for our current and future families.  Donors have also had an enormous impact here in raising hardship funds for those temporarily but profoundly impacted by implications of the virus.

The 2019-2020 Donor Report outlines how donations are used here at MCS.



Our inspirational bursary stories illustrate how MCS offers support to pupils in a way that can be transformational.

Approximately 10% of Senior School pupils are in receipt of bursaries or hardship grants, thanks to the generosity of our donors. With the support of our community and through the 1480 Society, we have begun building endowment funds to secure the school’s ability to fund pupils in perpetuity.

Giving at all levels can make such a difference.  To illustrate the power of regular giving, if 20 people 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.





Hardship funds have also gone a long way to give support to current MCS families.

Every single penny (over £100k) of the hardship funds supporting families affected by COVID-19 for Trinity 2020 term has come from donors.

We don’t yet know how families will be affected in the longer term, which is why this will be the focus of our fundraising in the years to come.


"Both our boys are now proud OWs with a great sense of attachment to MCS and an instinct for contribution and aspiration ... I truly hope that one day we will be in a position to give back to the school and help support other children the way it did ours."

Parent of two Old Waynfletes


By naming buildings (and bursaries) after major benefactors, MCS recognises the generosity of donors and continues the tradition of one generation at MCS supporting the next.

The Richard Record Sixth Form building is a gift to future pupils, funded through generous donations and a loan facility.

See more about what this building has meant to the school in the below piece.

Other Projects

Our MCS community support a wide range of additional activities which enrich the educational experience of our pupils.

We are pleased to honour your wishes as to which priority area you would like your support to benefit.

Below outlines some of the school activities that our donors have enabled:

  • Prizes and help with school trips
  • Talks and workshops with current pupils
  • Piano tuning throughout the school
  • 3D printers in Design Technology (an output of which is pictured below)
  • The purchase of sketches by Peter Greenham, former MCS teacher and then Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools (pictured below)
  • The purchase of ‘Snow Flakes’, the 1900 childhood ‘scrapbook’ of twins Noel and Christopher Chavasse
  • Partnership with Oxford Brookes University on an A-level Biosciences project for nine schools
  • An MCS-run Maths outreach programme
  • The installation of the Big School organ
  • A commissioned portrait of former Master Tim Hands (2008-2016

Will you be part of this?

Regular giving, the 1480 Society, Legacies, and volunteering all have a profound impact on enriching MCS pupils’ experiences and in enabling MCS to have a positive impact on our global city.

Please do get in touch if you’d like to join us in supporting MCS.

Thank you for all that you do.

(Susie Baker, Director of the Waynflete office)