Schools & Colleges

Compton — Schools & Colleges

Compton has been helping schools to raise capital funding and establish ongoing fundraising programmes since the early 1960s. Many schools and colleges have significant development plans, but Schools are, by their nature, “closed constituencies” of parents, alumni and other stakeholders who value the particular ethos and education that their institution has brought them.

These core audiences is where successful fundraising should start.

Wycombe Abbey School: 120 years of excellence

Wycombe Abbey is the top independent girl’s boarding school in the UK. We were invited to work with the Headmistress and Governors in late 2014 to reorganise the School’s development office – and went on from this initial review to plan and manage the first phase of capital fundraising for new boarding houses linked to Wycombe’s 120th Anniversary celebrations in 2016.

Thanks to a number of generous major gifts the £6 million goal was surpassed. Since then we have built on the momentum of the capital campaign and introduced annual giving and legacy campaigns.

The School’s latest phase of fundraising under our direction of Development and Communications operations has yielded £1.6 million in major gifts since January 2019.

Other assignments

Ladies' College, Guernsey

The Ladies' College partnered with Compton to deliver its successful £1 million 'Gift for Learning' Campaign, to secure funding for a new sixth form centre and classroom block.

Adams' Grammar School, Shropshire

Founded in 1656 by local benefactor and Haberdasher William Adams, the School raised over £1 million with the help of our team, to enhance its music and sixth form facilities.

Selected previous clients

  • Downside School, Somerset
  • Gordonstoun School, Scotland
  • Henrietta Barnett School, London
  • Inspiration Trust, Norfolk
  • King Alfred School, London
  • King Edward Grammar School, Birmingham
  • King's School, Ely
  • King’s School, Canterbury
  • Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
  • Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST)
  • Milton Abbey School, Dorset
  • Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall
  • Ripon Grammar School
  • Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School
  • St Mary’s School, Cambridge
  • St Thomas More Language College, Chelsea
  • Tonbridge Grammar School