The Annual Fund
The Annual Fund seeks to raise funds that make a difference to pupils across a range of areas from sports to the arts, and has the added benefit of reducing pressure on annual fee income. Below is a list of completed projects. To make a gift to this year's Annual Fund, please click here.
A three-part, carved bench featuring the crests of all twelve College Houses, has been installed in the 6th Form quad. This was made possible through the generous support of the 2013 Leavers and their parents.
Screen Printing in the John Piper Art School
Pupils studying in the John Piper Art School are now able to enjoy screen printing, a new medium, which broadens the range of creative opportunities for all pupils, especially those who do not have more traditional, polished drawing skills. This equipment furthers a multimedia approach to contemporary practice.
Video Monitors in Chapel
New video monitors fed from a wide angled camera at the rear of Chapel, discreetly placed in the unsighted areas of the Chancel, have improved the worship experience for 150 pupils who sit behind both sides of the choir and have an obscured view of the pulpit, nave, and high altar.
Developing the Life of the Mind
This is a recurring project of the Annual Fund, which aims to provide funds that will enrich learning across the school and further support the Headmaster's aim to expand cultural activities. In the academic year 2013/14, initiatives made possible through this project included a poet in residence, an art history lecture series and masterclasses for piano and voice. Initiatives for 2014/15 will be announced in due course.
Making a House a Home
The aim of this on-going fund is to add furnishings and resources that create a sense of home within each of the houses, adding to pupils' sense of well-being and reflecting the heritage of Epsom College. In the academic year 2013/14, all houses benefitted, purchasing items ranging from popcorn machines to new honours boards. Outcomes for the academic year 2014/15 will be reported in due course.
The climbing wall was installed on the CCF assault course in September 2013. Member of Common Room and climbing enthusiast, Henry Meier, who supports the CCF, comments, "Climbing is a wonderful sport that combines strength, poise and flexibility, as well as a calm and focused mind in order to drive oneself upwards. Climbing will be a new activity for many, and one in which a latent talent might be discovered!"
In February 2013, the proceeds from a Designer Bring and Buy Sale, held in Main Hall, went towards the installation of dugouts on the recently resurfaced astro pitch. They are side by side shelters, with a bench for players and space for a medical kit, providing much needed shelter for girls and boys and all kit in inclement weather.
In the summer of 2011, full-sized rugby posts were installed on the 1st XV pitch after £7,800 was generously donated by Old Epsomians and parents. College rugby master, Andy Wolstenholme commented, "The new posts transformed what was already a fantastic pitch into one that can rival that of any school in the country. The posts are identical to those at Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium in Wales, and their size and presence is awe-inspiring to players and spectators alike."