Welcome to the 2018 annual telephone calling information page
Thank you for your interest and I am sure you will enjoy finding out who our callers are, why they are calling and what you will be able to achieve by speaking with them.
Put a face to the voice
You will be speaking with one of the following fellow OBs:
Currently: Reading English Literature at Newcastle University
Favourite School Memory: Acting in the Lion King during the A3 festival
Life Ambition: To have a successful career as a screenplay writer.
Currently: Reading Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent University.
Favourite School Memory: Seeing my work exhibited at my final Speech Day.
Life Ambition: To be happy!
Currently: Graduated from Oxford Brooks (Planning & Property Development)
Favourite School Memory: I loved my whole five years at Bryanston!
Life Ambition: Have a successful career in the property industry.
Currently: At University of Kent reading Military History.
Favourite School Memory: Leading Shaftesbury House Swim Team to victory.
Life Ambition: I hope to join the British Army as an Officer.
Currently: Reading Politics and International Relations at University of Sussex.
Favourite School Memory: Mr Jones abseiling from Coade Hall ceiling.
Life Ambition: Happiness and success.
Currently: Reading English & Related Literature at the University of York.
Favourite School Memory: Dressing as the Facebook symbol for A3 Festival.
Life Ambition: To travel and to turn my passion for writing into a career.
Currently: University of Gloucestershire (Music and Media Management)
Favourite School Memory: A3 Festival
Life Ambition: To have a charitable component added to everything my future business carries out.
Currently: .Reading Business and Management at Oxford Brooks University.
Favourite School Memory: House dinner in A2.
Life Ambition: To have a successful career and happiness.
Currently: Reading History at the University of Warwick.
Favourite School Memory: Playing the lead in our house play Dodgeball
Life Ambition: To have a successful career and live in America.
What is the purpose of the call?
The annual telephone calling fundraises for Bryanston and enables pupils to benefit from educational opportunities beyond the curriculum and to have the education they want.
Donations to the Greatest Need Fund will support smaller projects not covered by school fees which have an immediate impact for pupils. In 2016/17 the Greatest Need Fund provided opportunities for pupils in design and technology, Pioneering and provided bursary funds for those pupils who need them in order to attend classes at Bryanston.
A gift from you this year will mean additional opportunities for pupils. For instance:
The Impulse Racing team have ambitions to improve their Top Ten position in the national schools' Greenpower Challenge, the additional funding provided by you and others will give them that opportunity.
Pioneers and IB pupils will be able to learn about tree husbandry for their European heritage fruit trees as well as pursue their Heritage Orchard Project local outreach programme.
With one in six pupils on some kind of bursarial support, those pupils who need financial support in order to take up their place at Bryanston will get it.
When are we calling?
We will call between Thursday 12 July and Sunday 29 July
Our typical calling hours are:
- Afternoons and evenings – weekdays
- 11:00am – 5:00pm Saturdays
- 2:00pm – 8:00pm Sundays
We may sometimes call earlier on a weekday should we have difficulty getting through or you are based in a different time-zone.
Will I be asked for money?
Yes. During the call, which shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, we will take a moment to let you know what our pupils' projects are this year. These projects will be outside areas covered by fees. We will ask you very politely whether you would like to offer your financial support and, if so, which area you would like to direct this to. There is absolutely no pressure on you to agree. Because of our past history together, we feel confident that we can ask you if you are interested in being part of a unique education for current and future pupils, on the basis that you feel confident that you can politely say no thank you, not now.
We will also be asking you if you are interested in getting involved in other ways too. We welcome OBs' participation in the life of the school – as benefactors, as governors, as volunteers for our careers programme, as members of sports and social groups – in fact, we can’t think of many areas of Bryanston where OBs are not important or valued.
Why does Bryanston need philanthropic support?
Because without it some pupils who want to be educated at Bryanston will not be able to take up their place.
And, some of our pupils will not have the breadth of opportunities to fully explore their educational interests because the extra-curricular activity that is so vital to personal growth and enrichment beyond the classroom may not be available.
Bryanston relies on charitable support over and above the fees to fund those pupils who would like a Bryanston education, like, let's call her Farah, and you can read about her here, and to provide the additional educational enrichment we believe is vital for pupils to thrive and flourish. Read about the difference that an ECA made to, let's call him Freddie, here.
Because Bryanston aims to continue to offer a bespoke education to individuals and there is no other school that does this in the way that we do or as successfully as we do. This is evidenced in our latest inspection report:
“Bryanston School is highly successful in meeting its aims to explore and develop the individual talents of pupils to achieve their potential. … It successfully combines academic studies with an exceptionally wide-ranging extra-curricular programme enabling pupils to pursue their interests and excel in their chosen activity.”
The school has never been resourced solely by parents’ ability to meet costs through fees but it has achieved its phenomenal success with the help of loans and past philanthropic support. All pupils will have benefitted in some way from our past support. By asking everyone, to whom Bryanston matters, to give in some way, the Bryanston family will continue to help provide a thriving future for the pupils of the school.
As a Bryanstonian, you too will have likely benefited from, perhaps unseen, philanthropic support during your own time at school. The effect of this support has been profound for our pupils and it is our sincere hope that you will want to continue to provide the support that will benefit those who follow in your footsteps. In this way, you can be assured that many, many more pupils will have a similar educationally exciting and enriching experience.
How can I turn £20 into £50?
If you are making a new gift this year or renewing a gift from last year, your gift will be increased by a further £20 either from our group of OB Collective Champions or by Justin Urquhart-Stewart if you are renewing your gift again this year from Justin's 2017 Challenge.
Your gift should be £20 or more and be made before 1 September 2018.
When we receive your gift of £20 or more with a gift date prior to 1 September 2018 then £20 will be added to make the value of your gift to the school £40.
If you let us know that you are eligible for gift aid, it will be even more!
Your gift £20 > plus a further £20 > Value of your gift £40 > Add gift aid at 25%, so £10 > Value of your gift £50
If you do not wish to commit to a gift of £20, we will still welcome your gift!
Gifts of all amounts are immensely valuable to us. See the Will my gift make a difference? section for more details.
You have been selected because we may not have spoken to you for while, you may have told us you are interested in the school or you may have supported us in the past.
Will my gift make a difference?
By adding your gift to the Greatest Need Fund, you will be providing educational opportunities to young men and women now and in the future. You will create a host of experiences that will benefit pupil enrichment. The Greatest Need Fund also supports the Bursary Fund, enabling it to grow more quickly, meaning that more pupils from lower income families can take up a place at Bryanston.
We urgently need more people to give to Bryanston this year. More benefactors are needed to build the giving momentum that will be pivotal in securing the financial success of the school. As a benefactor of Bryanston, you will be an important flag-bearer to encourage others to follow in your footsteps and consider adding their contribution. This will result in thousands of fellow Bryanstonians having a similar educational experience to you. It is only the Bryanston family that will support this.
If you do not wish to be included in our annual telephone calling in July for any reason, please let us know. The best way to do this is to email email@example.com with 'Opt Out' in the subject line, stating your name, postcode, house and class year so that we can remove your details from the call fundraising list for this year.
Alternatively, please telephone Jessica Hall on 01258 484591.
If you are a carer and are concerned that the person you care for is an OB who may not cope well or enjoy receiving a call from the school, please contact Amanda Lovejoy, Bryanston’s Development Manager, direct on the following number 01258 484556.
Feedback or complaints
If we do something you like or do not like, please let us know!
It is really helpful for us to know what you do or do not like so that we can do more of the things you do like and address any issues or concerns where you are unhappy.
For matters relating to Development and Alumni please contact Elisabeth Anderson, Bryanston’s Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her direct on 01258 484555.