Welcome to Development
Any great school ensures that its students are supported to develop as well-rounded individuals. At Wycombe High School we believe this is the true measure of success. We want the very best for our students, and at a a time when educational costs are rising rapidly and the level of state funding is deteriorating, we need to build capacity for further improvement.
We have a strong and successful history of managing change and externally imposed budget cuts. We are also extremely well supported by parents in all aspects of school life. Over the past thirteen years, £717,000 has been pledged and donated by parents and friends of Wycombe High School. This money has directly supported the building of the Music Centre, Wainwright Learning Centre, Science Prep Room and Data Logging Suite and the refurbishment of our Dining Room, Science Labs, Christie and Dungeon loos, Dance and Drama studios and our All-Weather Pitch..
Thanks to the generous support of current and former students, staff, parents, friends, grants and local business; we raised £72,275 in the 2018 - 2019 academic year for the Wycombe High School Fund. Donations to our Future Fund and Play Your Part for Sport Campaigns and from our Parents And Friends Association make up the majority of gifts. We are deeply grateful to all those who have supported the school in terms of time, skills and funds. Your involvement is invaluable and strengthens our community.
Please follow this link to our annual donor report including all gifts (one-off, regular and gift-in-kind) made during the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the following list. If your name has been omitted or misrepresented, please contact DPalmer@whs.bucks.sch.uk and accept our apologies and gratitude for your support.
Now more than ever we urge you to consider a financial donation, if you have not already done so. We acknowledge that the economic climate is difficult and that we all have to prioritise expenditures. However, unless we can convince you to contribute we will have to scale back our plans to improve facilities.
With that in mind we hope you feel able to support us by making a regular donation to the school using the gift aid scheme which provides our largest source of income. Please use the Wycombe High School Fund Future Fund Gift Form to make a regular contribution. Thank you in advance for your anticipated support and to those parents and friends who are already contributing generously, we are hugely grateful.
We encourage you to read about the many fundraising initiatives below which contribute to the Wycombe High School Fund and to contact Dr D Palmer on 01494 523961 or DPalmer@whs.bucks.sch.uk with any questions and /or suggestions regarding our development programme.
Each academic year we produce an 'Our Future' brochure with information on the Wycombe High School Fund, achievements we have been able to accomplish so far with the support of donors and future projects we are considering. Please follow this link to download the 2020-2021 version of the 'Our Future' brochure.
Development Office Volunteers Needed
If you have spare time on your hands and would like to be part of our Development Office and help raise funds for your daughter(s) school we would love to hear from you. Competence with Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel and good organisational and communication skills would be an advantage. If you are interested please review the job description and get in touch with Dr Palmer via email at DPalmer@whs.bucks.sch.uk or by telephone on 01494 523961.
Please follow this link to the Play Your Part For Sport Campaign web page.
Our thanks go to current and former students, staff, parents, friends and suppliers, government and private foundations who have helped to raise total of £1.6m required to build our beautiful Music Centre and equip the 9 Practise Rooms and Music Technology Suite!
In April 2015 the Music Centre opened its doors to the excitement of students and staff. This inspiring building is a testament to the hard work and generosity of so many people who share our ambition of delivering an outstanding education to all our students. Students enjoy lessons in the building centrepiece - the Rehearsal, Recital and Performance Space. This flexible area can be transformed, in minutes, from two acoustically separate classrooms into a 150 seat performance space available to our many choirs, bands and ensembles. This facility will also open up new opportunities for students interested in the direction, production and technical aspects of performance.
In October 2017 we purchased and installed state of the art recording studio which is an exciting first for Wycombe High School. In addition to recording GCSE and A level performance work, recitals and productions can now be captured for posterity.
We now we require £2,000 for lighting equipment to showcase our performances in the best possible light. We recognise that the economic climate is not just tough for education. Any gift, of any size, is truly appreciated. If you feel inspired to help us 'kit out' the new Music Centre, please complete the Wycombe High School Future Fund Gift Form and return it to the Development Office.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our current sponsors who are contributing generously. We are delighted to see them interested, involved and invested in the future of Wycombe High School. We thank them for their continued support and encourage you, your family, friends, colleagues and employers to consider sponsoring Wycombe High School. Giving is good.
The all-weather pitch offers opportunities to sponsor perimeter fencing, team dugouts, gates, a pitch divider, spectator fencing and goals. We welcome any recommendations for companies or individuals who would like to contribute as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programme and encourage you, your family, friends, colleagues and employers to consider sponsoring Wycombe High School.
If your company would like to sponsor a project, sporting event, or you would like to recommend a company, please contact Dr Palmer at DPalmer@whs.bucks.sch.ukor 01494 523961.
Many companies will help charities such as WHS (registered charity number 1068409) through a matched giving scheme. Some will match pound for pound, and others will even double match donations made to registered charities by its employees. If you are making a gift to WHS, please check with your Payroll or HR department whether your company operates a scheme like this as it could make your donation worth even more to us.
Please follow this link to review a list of companies that we know match gifts, or have done so in the past. If your company does not appear on the list, but does match gifts made by employees, please let Dr Palmer know at DPalmer@whs.bucks.sch.uk. Please also let us know if your company is detailed incorrectly on this list.
Since the inception of the Development Ambassador Programme in 2010, students have conducted market research and produced branded products to help raise much needed funds to improve our facilities for the students and local community. Our current offerings include a slimline twist-action retractable metal ball pen, an 8GB flash drive (home use only), an eco-friendly dishwasher safe 750 ml water bottle, a silver key ring, house lanyards, card holders, House Coloured T-Shirts and a 'Team WHS' headband.
Parents of students currently at the school can make payment using ParentPay (www.parentpay.com) our online payment system, choosing the relevant services(s) for example ’Wycombe High School 2019 Art Calendar’. We would be extremely grateful if you could use ParentPay to make payment. However, if you are unable to do so, please send a cheque made payable to ‘Wycombe High School’ in an envelope, to the Development Office (Room C306) along with the completed form below. Please write your daughter’s name, Tutor Group, Year Group and ’Wycombe High School Merchandise’ on the envelope and on the back of the cheque.
Introducing the WHS 2020 Fundraising Art Calendar showcasing the creative talents of Rebecca Manktelow, Ellie Rose, Megan Riley, Jessie Laughton, Julia Ogarkova, Zaynab Ashraf, Rowen Bennee, Nandini Sehgal, Mikaela Burt, Robyn Srikandran, Stephanie Williams, Alice McIver and Ishika Arora.
Parents of students currently at the school can make payment using ParentPay (www.parentpay.com) our online payment system, choosing the relevant service(s) for example ’Wycombe High School 2019 Art Calendar’. We would be extremely grateful if you could use ParentPay to make payment. However, if you are unable to do so, please send a cheque made payable to ‘Wycombe High School’ in an envelope, to the Development Office (Room C306) along with the completed form below. The cost of the calendar is £5.00 per copy to collect from school, or £6.00 if you would like a copy posted in UK, £8.25 posted in Europe or £8.25 posted in Rest of World. Prices include VAT, postage and packaging.
Since 2010, Wycombe High School’s Development Ambassadors have been recycling textiles to help raise money for the school. An estimated £25 million worth of textiles are thrown out for waste collection and sent to landfill sites in the UK every year.
Textile recycling is a great opportunity to get rid of old clothes whilst contributing to the protection of the environment. With the help of students, staff and parents, Wycombe High School Development Ambassadors have collected 6,203 kg of textiles and raised £3,011.40 over the past seven years, raising an average of £376.45 each year.
Wycombe High School is currently working in partnership with UK Textile Recycling to help raise money for the school, by recycling textiles donated by you. By simply cleaning out your wardrobe and donating your unwanted textiles, you can help the school raise money for new and improved facilities for the students and staff, present and future.
The recycling bank is located in the small car park behind Downs near the entrance to Lost Property. We request that donations be made in small carrier bags. We accept adult and children’s clothing; shoes and trainers; handbags and belts; sheets, curtains and towels. We do not accept soiled or wet clothing; textile cut-offs and unwearable clothing. Please encourage your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to recycle with Wycombe High School this year. Together we can raise much-needed funds for the school and reduce carbon, water and waste footprints.