Support Us

First things first, we want to thank you for being one of our loyal alumni. When the Alumni Office was set up several years ago, it would have been hard to imagine how many Old Lawrentians would remain so closely connected with the School and with each other socially and professionally. So many of you also help current and future pupils too.

Although we have come a long way in recent years, we are looking for ways to improve your experience even further. Things change online at a rapid pace and it is important that we keep up.

Fundraising Code of Practice

Governors at St Lawrence College recognise that philanthropic support is critical if we are to sustain and advance the mission and ambitions of the School. We are very grateful to all donors for their generous support to date. All fundraising undertaken on behalf of the Charity is conducted by the Development Office which is dedicated to treating constituents and donors with the highest levels of care and respect. As a School that has confirmed its intention to adhere to good practice by also signing up to the Fundraising Regulator, we are committed to ethical fundraising and will adhere to the following practices:-

We will:

  • act with honesty, integrity and transparency when soliciting support from constituents and donors
  • honour all requests from constituents and donors regarding the frequency and manner of solicitation, as well as any communication preferences
  • immediately cease solicitation from a constituent or donor at their request
  • respect every donor’s right to privacy and comply fully with the General Data Protection Regulations (which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998)
  • acknowledge, recognise and publicise donations appropriately in consultation with donors and in accordance with the School’s policies and procedures. We will respect anonymity when requested
  • provide progress reports and updates to donors on their supported activities
  • include the name of the fundraiser, their job role, contact details, designated purpose of the donation and relevant charity number in all solicitation and fundraising materials

How your donation will be used:

All donations will be used to support the charitable objectives of St Lawrence College

  • The School will take the greatest care to ensure that donations are used to fund the project for which the gift is intended
  • Undesignated donations will be used to fund the areas of greatest need as identified by the Governors and in accordance with the School’s relevant policies and procedures

There are various ways in which you can make a donation to St Lawrence College:

  • A Single Gift
  • Regular Giving
  • Gift Aid
  • Payroll Giving
  • Stocks and Shares
  • Company Giving
  • Legacies
  • International Donations
  • CAF

A Single Gift

If you would like to make a single donation by cheque, this should be made payable to ‘St Lawrence College’ and be sent to:

The Development Office
St Lawrence College
College Road
Ramsgate
Kent CT11 7AE

Bank transfers can be made to St Lawrence College to:

Barclays Bank plc, Leicester, Leicestershire LE87 2BB UK

Sort code: 20 – 18 – 00

Account number: 30719617

Swift code: BARCGB22

International bank account Number: GB84BARC20180030719617.

Debit/credit card

Debit/credit cards can be accepted by telephone by calling the Finance Office on + 44 (0) 1843 808080 or in person at the Bursary.

Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express.

 

If you are a UK tax payer, please complete the Gift Form and the Gift Aid declaration. This will increase the value of your donation by 25 pence for every £1 donated at no cost to yourself.

Regular Giving

Regular donations are not only extremely important to the ongoing work of the College as they provide a predictable income, but they also enable you to support areas that matter most in an affordable way. You may also be surprised how big the impact of giving regularly can be over time!
Your support on a monthly basis can make this happen

Amount per month 

My actual pledge over ten years

 

 

Total value of my donations with Gift Aid

 

 

Net cost to 40% tax payers per annum

 

Net cost to 40% tax payers per month

 

Net cost to 45% tax payers per annum

 

Net cost to 45% tax payers per month

£100£12,000£15,000£9,000£75£8,250£68.75
£75£9,000£11,250£6,750£56.25£6,187£51.26
£50£6,000£7,500£4,500£37.50£4,126£34.38
£40£4,800£6,000£3,600£30£3,300£27.50
£30£3,600£4,500£2,700£22.50£2,476£20.76
£25£3,000£3,750£2,250£18.75£2,063£17.19
£20£2,400£3,000£1,800£15£1,650£13.75
£15£1,800£2,250£1,350£11.25£1,237£10.31
£10£1,200£1,500£900£7.50£826£6.88

 

If you would like to make a regular gift, you can set up a Direct Debit by completing the form below and returning it to the Development Office at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate CT11 7AE

 

Gift Form

Gift Aid

As a registered charity St Lawrence College can reclaim the tax (20%) on any donation from a UK tax payer through Gift Aid. If you are a higher or additional rate taxpayer you can personally reclaim the difference between your rate and the 20% basic rate of tax through your HMRC Self Assessment form.

Simply tick the box marked ‘Gift Aid’ on the form attached, sign and return by post or email.

Gift Form

 

Single GiftValue to St Lawrence with Gift AidActual cost for a higher rate (40%) tax payerActual cost for an additional rate (45%) tax payer
£4,000£5,000£3,000£2,750
£800£1,000£600£550
£400£500£300£275
£80£100£60£55

Payroll Giving

Payroll giving is a highly tax effective way of supporting a charitable cause. It means that you give to a charity from your gross salary (before tax is deducted) and receive immediate tax relief.

How does it work?

Donations are taken from your gross salary which means that your gift costs 20%, 40% or 45% less according to your tax bracket.

For example

If you are a standard rate tax payer (20%), a gift of £10 per month to St Lawrence College will cost £8

If you are a higher rate tax payer (40%), a gift of £10 per month to St Lawrence College will cost you £6

If you are an additional rate tax payer (45%), a gift of £10 per month to St Lawrence College will cost you £5.50

Gifts can also be made regularly – e.g. monthly, quarterly or annually – or on a one-off basis.

Why should I give through my payroll?

Payroll Giving is an easy, tax-effective way to give so it costs you less to give more.

What do you need to do?

As St Lawrence College is recognised by HMRC as a registered charity (No. 307921), all you need to do is ask your payroll department to deduct regular charitable donations from your salary. You will need to complete a simple mandate form, stating how much you would like to give and to which charities. Your employer will forward your completed form to its chosen Payroll Giving Agency which manages all employees’ payroll giving and deduct your chosen amount from your pre-tax salary. The Payroll Giving Agency will distribute the gifts at agreed intervals to the College. Your donations will show on your payslip.

What does my employer need to do?

If your employer does not already have a Payroll Giving scheme in place, don’t worry – it’s quick and easy to set up. Employers sign a contract with a Payroll Giving Agency who will transmit donations on their behalf.

Contact the Development Office on 01843 572932 or development@slcuk.com to find out more about payroll giving today.

For more information visit www.payrollgivingcentre.org.uk.

Does it cost anything?

PGAs make a small charge to cover their costs. All PGAs are registered charities and make on profit from administering Payroll Giving donations. An increasing number of employers (including St Lawrence College itself) pay the PGA’s charges so that the full amount goes to charity.

Will my details be passed to St Lawrence College?

We will always try to write a thank you letter and tell you how about the impact of your giving. However the information you provide is protected under the Data Protection Act and can only be used for the purpose for which it was given.

Stocks and Shares

There are benefits for both the donor and the College when shares are given. Please contact the Development Office on +44 1843 572932 development@slcuk.com for further information.

Company Giving

We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with local and UK companies.

All companies can get tax relief when they give money to UK charities, although the relief works differently for companies, self-employed people and partnerships. Many companies will match an individual employee’s gift to a charity.

If someone is self-employed and wants to Gift Aid their donation it is handled in the same way as a donation from an individual.

For further details please view:
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/businesses/giving/companies…
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/businesses/giving/self-empl…

Legacies

Gifts left to St Lawrence in your Will are highly tax-effective and in the future are likely to provide substantial funds to support the College’s longer term objectives. As this would be exempt from inheritance tax, a donation made in your will can also reduce the tax burden on your estate.

How does it work?
A charitable legacy could be a gift of money or of any other assets. While there are a number of options to consider, there are two main types of charitable legacies:- pecuniary and residuary. Pecuniary legacies specify a sum of money or item of value to be donated, whilst a residuary legacy allows you to donate a percentage of the net value of your estate or the remaining sum after you have made provision for your family and friends.

What do you need to do?
To leave a legacy to St Lawrence College you simply need to include details of the donation in your will. This can be done by writing a will, by making an amendment or ‘codicil’ to an existing will or by setting up a Trust. Contact us to find out more about leaving a legacy to St Lawrence College.

For more information about the St Lawrence 1879 Legacy Society, please contact the Development Director on 01843 572879 or click here to view the latest Legacy brochure.

International Donations

USA Residents

There are substantial tax benefits available to US taxpayers by giving to Charities and Foundations, but such bodies must be recognised by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and based in the USA.

In order to allow our US taxpayers to donate to St Lawrence College without removing these benefits, we have registered with the British Schools and Universities Foundation, Inc. (BSUF), a US registered charity. Contributions are deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers or gifts are deductible for Federal estate and gift tax purposes.

BSUF operates a reliable system under which monies are properly transferred to the Foundation. For further information on the BSUF or donating, please use the following link: https://www.bsuf.org/donate

Alternatively, complete the BSUF section of the Gift Form and return to the Development Office on development@slcuk.com.

CAF

Single gifts of any amount can be made by cheque or Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) voucher. Please make all cheques and CAF vouchers payable to St Lawrence College and send them to the Development Office. The School receives no extra tax benefit from gifts made by cheque or CAF voucher. Please visit www.cafonline.org for more information.

James Barden

James Barden

Old Lawrentian

“Even though my time at St Lawrence College in the 1980s was a challenging one, I recognize that the School helped me to achieve so much – an ability to get on with people from diverse backgrounds, a resilience and determination to succeed in my business, and a strong network of friends and family. Also I think that the Principal’s vision for the School is incredibly inspirational and believe education is the key to social and economic stability in the world. I am happy to support future generations of pupils in this way.”

Ivan McCracken

Ivan McCracken

Old Lawrentian

“After looking after my family’s needs, I want to ensure that I can give something worthwhile back to the school which gave me a flying start to my adult life and a rewarding career as well as many great and lasting friendships. I vividly recall the warm and caring ‘home from home’ welcome that greeted an anxious 13 year old as well as the ensuing years enriched by first class teaching and hugely enjoyable and varied extra-curricular activities. I consider myself to have been incredibly fortunate to have spent my formative years at the College and I hope that the pupils of today and tomorrow get the chance to be as happy and fulfilled as I was.”

John Binfield

John Binfield

Former Headmaster

“Throughout my time at St Lawrence College I have been Headmaster, Second Master, House Master, Librarian, Head of English and Drama, Head of the Junior School, and in my early days from 1961, one of the opening bowlers in the Staff Cricket XI! During my 35 years on the staff, I was driven not only by the passion for my subject but more profoundly by those I taught. June and I have had the privilege of engaging with so many pupils on their journey to adulthood – their triumphs, great and small – because of the school’s Christian embrace and the rewarding friendships and expertise of staff and governors. The school has a holistic focus and its heart is in the right place, nurturing individual needs and talents within a harmonious community. Our own granddaughters have learnt to work to their best and be caring to others – an effective preparation for adulthood.”

Sam Palacios

Sam Palacios

Former Lodge Housemaster

“As a resident Housemaster in the College, I have the privilege of working very closely and supporting boarders both academically and in their day to day personal lives. I have seen first-hand the enormous impact that bursaries and additional financial support can provide to students who need it the most. These funds can enrich their surroundings, provide resources for wider teaching and learning and give every child an equal opportunity regardless of their own financial background. From hockey sticks to exciting school trips, this generous giving can really enhance a child’s ability to learn and develop holistically throughout their time at the College.”

Jonathan Gale

Jonathan Gale

French & Latin Teacher

“I think that it is good and important to support things in which one believes. St Lawrence College is a real community in which, in my experience, an outstanding education is provided for its pupils in a deeply caring environment. Everybody connected with the college performs a vital role and, at every level, supports one another. Strong, traditional values are maintained and good manners are expected from all. St Lawrence College is a microcosm of a utopian society and one which I am very happy to support.”

Jim Laslett

Jim Laslett

Old Lawrentian & Governor

“St Lawrence College has, and continues to be, a big part of my life. I learnt to play hockey at the Junior School under John Dixon and went on to play for Canterbury and England Masters. I still play today with my club, family and other OLs. The fact that I also married my wife, Mary, in the School Chapel and am now a Governor has only reinforced my commitment. I want to recognise how important St Lawrence has been throughout my life by leaving a gift in my Will.”

“The school is successful in providing opportunities for pupils of all abilities to gain academic success and develop their individual talents.”

ISI Inspection Report 2015
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