The excellence that Wilson’s has enjoyed throughout its history has been underpinned by many selfless acts of altruism and philanthropy. After the generous bequest of the land and foundation by Edward Wilson himself in 1615, the earliest record of benefaction at the school dates back to 1649.

Since then, significant fundraising activity has featured at regular intervals in our history, the most recent example of which centred on the refurbishment of our assembly hall, the John Jenkins Hall, in 2015 and the construction of our new facilities for music and sport – the Britton Centre – opened by HRH Princess Eugenie in January 2023.

Wilson’s, as an Academy School, remains vulnerable though to the vicissitudes of government funding. Recent budget cuts have led to many hard choices about what we are able to offer our staff and pupils. Despite being constructed less than fifty years ago, parts of our campus are tired and dilapidated. Our aspiration to be a world class school is simply not matched by the quality of our facilities. Our science facilities are in urgent need of refurbishment and our classroom white boards are obsolete and require upgrading.

How you can help support Wilson's

It is only through our community becoming involved and working together that our targets will be met. We hope that as many members of Wilson’s community as possible will contribute to the campaign at the level most appropriate for them.

Major benefactors have the opportunity to associate their names or the names of their families or companies with any of the campaign projects. Support is being sought at all levels and every donation regardless of amount will be commemorated in a special donors’ book at the School.

Tax-efficient giving

Wilson’s School, through its linked charity, the Wilson’s School Trust CIO (charity number 1184877-7) can recover tax via the gift aid scheme on donations made by UK taxpayers. This increases the value of the gift to Wilson’s whilst offering the potential to decrease the cost to donors through tax recovery.
The best ways of giving are generally:
  • by giving a series of regular gifts
  • one or more lump sum gifts
  • through a company (companies can offset their donations against their liability for Corporation Tax)
  • through a tax-exempt charitable trust or foundation
  • by direct transfer of assets, such as stocks, shares, property and works of art

Regular Payments

Regular payments under the gift aid scheme offer a most effective way for many donors to give their support to the school as they enable significant funds to be given over time by way of monthly, quarterly or annual contributions. Under the gift aid scheme you can spread the cost of your gift over a number of years whilst enabling the school to recover the income tax you have already paid. With the basic rate of income tax at 20%, for every £100 you donate to Wilson’s, the school will receive an extra £25 at no extra cost to you. Higher and additional rate tax payers can also claim further relief via their annual tax returns.

Please contact Tim Edge, Director of Development, if you require any further information: 0208 773 7684

Wilson’s School

A boys’ grammar school in the London Borough of Sutton (UK), Wilson’s School is:

  • committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
  • a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (no. 7536970). Registered office: Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9JW
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