The Pinewood Foundation has two main aims: to help finance the development strategy of the School and to establish an endowment fund for children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.
After the arrival of Philip Hoyland in 2003, a strategic review of the school highlighted the need to invest significantly in updating and providing some key facilities to allow Pinewood to achieve its aim of becoming the leading independent co-educational school for 3-13 in the area. The vision for completing these projects by 2020 was born, and fundraising for the astroturf pitch was launched by Lord Coe. Parents, staff, former staff, pupils and former pupils all contributed to this first project which was completed in 2004. Since then a vast amount of work has taken place including the build of a new Changing Block, the Science Block, a conversion of the former Girls’ changing rooms to classrooms and upgrades to the Pre-Prep and Nursery.
The last of these projects was the build for an indoor Sports Hall which was completed in Spring 2014 and opened by Champion Jockey A P McCoy OBE. Pinewood have been fortunate enough to complete the strategic aims much earlier than previously anticipated and a new strategic plan will soon be endorsed, setting out how the Headmaster and the governing body hope Pinewood will develop over the next ten years as the school approaches it’s 150th anniversary.
Pinewood also provides bursaries though its Endowment Fund to enable families who might not otherwise be able to send a child to Pinewood, to do so. Our Foundation funds provide bursaries for 13 children, with 2 on 100% and a further 11 receiving assistance of 60% or more.
The bursaries are currently funded by the school but we always welcome interest from those who would like to support the Endowment which gives children the chance to enjoy a first class educational experience, as well as contributing to the on-going successes of the school.
The School is mindful that its long term future security cannot rest simply on the income generated by fees and therefore welcomes donations from current or former parents, former pupils and other supporters.
If you wish to donate to the School and would like to discuss contributing to the Foundation or specifically to the Endowment Fund, then please telephone or email the Development Officer, Mrs Nicky Dingle (01793) 782205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who wish to consider Pinewood in their will have the opportunity to be part of the Brackenbury Society, please contact Nicky Dingle, as above, for further details.