Anthony Gell Foundation
Charity No 527178
What is it and what does it do?
The Foundation is a Charitable Trust responsible for administering its property and investments for the benefit of the School and its students. It provides items, services and facilities for Anthony Gell School. It also promotes the education of persons who are in need of financial assistance in the following order of priority:
- Students of the school
- Anyone who has at any time attended the school, or
- under the age of 25 and resident in the Parish of Wirksworth and the surrounding villages.
What properties and investments provide this money?
In recent years, the Foundation has sold much of its property and land, with the resulting money invested to provide funds for the benefit of the school. Currently the Foundation still owns:
- the Hannage Playing Fields,
- half of School House,
- the unadopted stone surfaced cul-de-sac at the end of Canterbury Terrace
- the perimeter land around the outside of the playing fields
- the land on which the school is built.
The Community Leisure Centre and car park
These were completed in 2001 by Derbyshire Dales District Council. The management of the Centre was taken over by Freedom Leisure in August 2018. The Foundation, along with other bodies, lobbied for the Leisure Centre to continue in partnership with the school, something which has been agreed and enshrined in a Revised Use Agreement. The Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre are built on land leased on a long term basis to 2079.
Use of Funds
The Foundation holds funds from bequests, donations and property sales. Since 1988, an overall total of over £860,000 has been used for charitable purposes. This funding has helped to make projects happen, assisted students with equipment and book purchases and helped to develop facilities. Some of these projects have attracted significant external funding. Special Projects include:
- Sixth Form accommodation - £16,000
- Science Block improvements - £10,000
- Changing Room Improvements - £25,000 (out of a total £70,000)
- Floodlit All Turf Pitch - £70,000 towards a total of £250,000 in 2001
- Additional All Weather Floodlit Pitch, car park for 23 cars and resurfacing existing all turf pitch (2013-15) - £292,000 from a total of £463,00
A full list of projects can be provided on request from the Foundation Secretary at: email@example.com
A Financial Spending Strategy is in place and the Trustees have agreed an Ethical Investment Policy. The Foundation welcomes the receipt of donations and bequests.
Who is involved?
Seven Trustees: Cathy Cooke (Chair), Anna Bristow (Vice Chair), Simon Hobbs, Nick Hodgson, Chris Whittall, Debi Hedderwick and Lee Shakespeare.
The Foundation's Governing Document allows for appointments for up to 4 years which can be renewed. Simon Hobbs and Debi Hedderwick are the current representatives of the Foundation on the School's Governing Body.
Representatives of school Governing Body: Lee Stevens(Chair of Governors), Rosie Harrison (Governor) and Malcolm Kelly (Headteacher).
Three Voluntary Special Advisers: Glenn McClenaghan (Legal), Peter Jones (Financial)and Michael Allsop.
Secretary: Hugo Lane.
Requests for funding can be made via the school or to the Foundation secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org