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A Lasting Legacy

Philanthropy has been at the heart of RGS High Wycombe for over 450 years. Since this time the Foundation has acted as the charitable arm through which all our philanthropy and financial support is driven. It remains a key principle of the Foundation to support all students to fulfil their potential and, today, the Foundation provides a wide range of academic and pastoral support through named scholarships and bursaries.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Foundation, or any of our fundraising programmes, please contact Lucy Marshall,


The Development Fund

Our Development Fund is based on regular giving, committed pledges of support into the future. This kind of giving is vital; with income we can rely on each year, we can commit to supporting boys throughout their RGS education. It means we can use these funds for specific purposes which have a direct and immediate impact on our boys and help to future-proof RGS for generations to come.

Funds are disbursed following a bid process. All departments across the school are encouraged to apply for funding to support teaching and learning within their subject areas, over and above the essential requirements that are funded by their Academy budgets. This year your donations have been used to benefit all boys at RGS, funding equipment and projects across subject areas as diverse as Maths, Music and PE. For example, DT students in all years will now be able to use scroll saws in their work and our GCSE and A level students will have access to a bobbin sander machine, adding an additional layer of complexity to their coursework projects. Our Biology Department will benefit from the purchase of 20 stage micrometers and 18 stage callipers for microscopes, helping to enhance the practical skills of our students and encourage a deeper understanding of cellular structures whilst supporting teachers to provide more engaging and effective educational experiences and our SEN Department will be able to purchase two new seating 'sofa pods'. These practical seating solutions offer privacy and comfort for meetings with students and parents.

Your support of the Development Fund is crucial to the School; it ensures that we are able to enrich our provision across the breadth of subjects, sports and activities on offer. Thank you.

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The Fraser Youens Fund

The Fraser Youens Fund is named after two of our most distinguished alumni, Frederick Youens and Ian Edward Fraser, who were both awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery in the First and Second World Wars respectively. They continue to be an inspiration to us all, and a source of pride that we - through RGS - are so closely associated with them. It is fitting that this fund is used to support exceptional, one-off projects at RGS.
Donors wishing to support this Fund do so with a gift of £5,000 or more in a given academic year.  Donations can be made as a single payment or in quarterly or monthly instalments as outlined in the table below.. 


Donation Amount Value to RGS (with Gift Aid) Actual cost to basic rate tax payer Actual cost to higher rate tax payer Actual cost to additional rate tax payer
£5,000 £6,250 £5,000 or
£417 per month
£1,250 per quarter
£3,750 or
£313 per month
£938 per quarter
£3,437 or
£286 per month
£858 per quarter


We would like to thank and acknowledge you as a donor to the Fraser Youens Fund, with:

  • An invitation to our annual donor reception, hosted by the Headmaster.
  • Acknowledgement on the Fraser Youens donor board, on our website and in relevant RGS publications (unless preferring to remain anonymous).

Thank you for donating to The Fraser Youens Fund

Guy Milton

The Hobson Charity

Sue and Steve Ashton

The Prior Family

Simon and Liz Patient

The Inch Family

Paul and Nicola Fairbrother

Tahir and Tara Jawed


The Young Family

Sean and Lisa McGrath

Neil Record

If you would like to become a Friend of RGS by supporting

The Fraser Youens Fund

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The 1562 Society

1562 is an important year in the history of RGS High Wycombe. It is the year in which Queen Elizabeth I granted the School a Royal Charter. Five centuries later, much of RGS has altered beyond recognition.  But what remains unchanged is the School’s distinctive ethos, grounded in the enduring values reflected in its Elizabethan foundation. RGS High Wycombe remains committed to building on its rich heritage, and, in so doing, to further develop its reputation as one of the finest state selective schools in the UK.
The 1562 Society was established to thank and recognise individuals within the RGS High Wycombe community who share this dedication and commitment to the School.  Individuals are recognised for demonstrating significant support for RGS through the giving of their time, resources or expertise.
For our financial supporters this means donating £15,620 or more in a given academic year.  Donations can be made to any one of our fundraising programmes be that the RGS Development Fund, one of our ‘Friends of’ groups or a standalone fundraising campaign for a specific project within the School. 


1562 Donation Value to RGS (with Gift Aid) Actual cost to basic rate tax payer Actual cost to higher rate tax payer Actual cost to additional rate tax payer
£15,620 £19,525 £15,620 or £1,302 per month £11,715 or £976 per month £10,739 or £895 per month


As a member of the 1562 Society, you will receive:

  • An invitation to our annual 1562 Society reception, hosted by the Headmaster.
  • An annual 1562 Society e-newsletter, updating you on what’s happening at RGS and the difference your donations are making.
  • Special acknowledgement on our website and in relevant RGS publications (unless preferring to remain anonymous).

Our 1562 donors direct their support to projects of most interest to them.

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Thank you for donating to The 1562 Society

Keith Sansom

Philip Oldcorn

Doug Stewart

Matthew Appleton

Andrew Henton

Eric Coutts


The Bayly Family


Simon Hargreaves

The Lim Family

Paddy and Judith Woods Ballard

Leaving a Legacy to Support the Future of RGS

You left your mark on RGS when you were here. Remembering RGS with a gift in your will is one of the most powerful ways in which you can give back to future generations, helping them to leave their mark on RGS too.

Making a will is a significant and personal undertaking and the welfare of those closest to you will naturally come first. The decision to leave a legacy to RGS is a big one, but even the smallest donation will make a real difference, and leave an impact for many years to come. As a legacy gift is exempt from Inheritance Tax it also has the potential to reduce the tax burden on your family. 

For more information about remembering RGS in your will, or to let us know that you have done so, please have a look at the Lasting Legacy brochure below, or contact Lucy Marshall by phone on 01494 551407 or via email at so that we can thank you and tell you a bit more about how your gift will support the future of RGS.

Thank you for Past and for Future Legacies

Derek Sharp

Estate of Sir Roger Scruton



RGS Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund was established in December 1958 after the school raised over £20, which was divided between Dr Barnardo’s Homes and the Mayor’s Fund. As a result of this effort it was decided to start a regular Benevolent Fund with voluntary weekly collections. As was then, the prefects are responsible for the collection from each form.

The Benevolent Fund is our promise as a school community that we will always come together in support of those looking to make a difference in society. We hope that our fundraising goes a little way towards achieving those aims.

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