Legacies

There has long been a culture of giving at City of London School for Girls; indeed it has been central to its ethos from its inception. The school was founded by a generous bequest from William Ward in 1881 with the aim of transforming the lives of young women through an inspiring and empowering education.

We continue this proud tradition of philanthropy through our bursary programme. The school is committed to providing life-changing bursaries to exceptional students, who otherwise would not be able to afford the fees. Financial circumstance should not be a barrier to high-quality education, and it is our hope that one day City can be truly needs-blind, so that any pupil can attend upon merit alone.

The impact of gifts made to our bursary fund cannot be overestimated, and we are extremely grateful to members of the wider school community who have included us in their will. A legacy donation is a unique type of gift, one that transcends generations and leaves a lasting impact on both the school and the lives of future generations of City girls.

The Ward Legacy Circle has been established to honour City’s founding bequest from William Ward, and recognise the generosity of all those who have left the school a gift in their will. We will commemorate members of the Ward Legacy Circle on the school building, to demonstrate the lasting impact of their gift. Members will be sent regular communications from the school and receive invitations to school events, including a special event hosted by the Head. We will also include the names of this special group in our annual impact report as a mark of our gratitude.

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