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Celebrating St James's and St James's & The Abbey

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Celebrating St James's School and St James's & The Abbey School


Would you like to pass on the sense of purpose, service, tradition, academic and personal fulfilment that were hallmarks of your own St James’s or St James’s & The Abbey education? Can you help Malvern St James make a real difference, not just to the life of one individual but to our whole school community?

We launch a new bursary scholarship in the St James’s School name as part of our Founders’ Awards bursary programme. This will be called the St James’s School or the St James’s & The Abbey School Founders’ Award. The Award(s) will provide funded places at Malvern St James for talented girls who could not be with us without financial assistance. We may also create bursary awards in the name of an important individual in St James’s and St James’s & The Abbey’s history – Headmistress, Housemistress, teacher or pupil.

A day place in Senior school costs £12,575 per year, a boarding place £45,150. The only thing that stops us being able to admit more pupils on bursary awards is lack of funding. Malvern St James already puts circa £500,000 of income per annum towards means-tested bursaries, but we need more, to provide more.

If you are able to help us, please join our St James’s 1896 Donors Club. Single gifts, regular giving and legacy pledges are some of the ways that you can give. Please see the attached form for further information or to arrange a personal conversation with Fiona Meredith, Development Director:

meref@malvernstjames.co.uk tel: (+44) 1684 892288


In 2022, we raised the Head Girls boards of St James’s School, putting them on permanent display at Malvern St James so that this part of our history can be appreciated by former, current and future generations of girls.


Saturday 11 June 2022 was the date of the St James’s and St James’s & The Abbey reunion with lunch, tours of the St James’s building, and a black-tie dinner.


2021 was the 125th anniversary of the founding of St James’s School in 1896 by Katrine and Alice Baird. We weren’t able to celebrate this milestone in the way we would have wanted due to Covid restrictions.

2022 is the year that we reflect on the influence that the Bairds and successive generations of St James’s Headmistresses bring to our current school, Malvern St James, and the traditions and ethos of St James’s School which are imprinted on it.

We are proud to be celebrating the St James in Malvern St James.

The St James's Founder's Award

The aim of the St James’s School Founders’ Award is to create transformational educational opportunities in the St James’s name: bringing the gift of all-girls’ education to talented girls without financial means.

It is also possible to create a Founders’ Award in the name of a Headmistress, Housemistress, teacher, or former pupil who made a real impact on the school, or to create a specific St James’s & The Abbey Founders’ Award.

Donors will join the 1896 Donor Society, named after the year in which St James’s was founded by Alice and Katrine Baird.

All donors will be recognised appropriately alongside the St James’s Head Girls boards displayed in Malvern St James.

Ways of GivingThere are three suggested levels of giving to mark 125 years since 1896:

£18,960 : this will provide over 95% of a Sixth Form day girl place for a year

£1,896.00 : this will provide nearly 10% funding towards a Sixth Form day girl place for a year

£189.60 : gifts at this level provide impact when accumulated with other donors

Gifts can also be made as a legacy bequest or, for example, a gift of stocks and shares. More information on ways of giving is available HERE or from Fiona Meredith, Development Director: meredf@malvernstjames.co.uk tel: 01684 892288

Gift Aid

If you are an eligible UK tax payer, Gift Aid adds 25% to your gift, reducing the real cost of giving. If you are a higher rate tax payer, you can also claim tax relief on your self assessment form. Below is an example of the impact of Gift Aid and tax relief on your gift. The net cost of a donation is indicated in either column 2, 3 or 4, depending on your personal tax band.                               





Gross Gift Amount

Net cost to a UK basic rate tax payer with Gift Aid

Net cost to a UK 40% tax payer

Net cost to a UK 45% tax payer














Gifts Pledged Over Time

The table below shows the cost of a high level gift if pledged over a 2 year or 5 year period with Gift Aid.


Basic Rate Tax Payer 


40% Tax Payer 


45% Tax Payer 


Gross Gift Amount 

Annual Net cost over a 2 year pledge period 

5 year pledge period 

Annnual Net cost over a 2 year pledge period 

5 year pledge period 

Annual Net cost over a 2 year pledge period 

5 year pledge period 















£18,960 £7,584 £3,034 £5,688 £2,275 £5,214 £2,086

The 1896 Donor SocietyAll donors who give to this campaign, or any other area of Malvern St James school life, will become a member of the St James’s 1896 Donor Society, which organises specific events for donors and invites you to key school events such as concerts, plays, lectures, Headmistress’ Drinks and other socials in Malvern and London, and elsewhere around the world as we are able to travel.

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