Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Here & Now


We are very grateful to all our supporters. Donations make a real difference to the student experience at Borlase and help us to maintain our outstanding quality of education and to continue to aspire to an even greater future.


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The Government funds a “basic” Borlase education only.  Borlase has been one of the worst-funded schools in the country for many years – Buckinghamshire is near the bottom of the National league table, and Borlase are near the bottom of Buckinghamshire due to demographics.  Government funds only provide the most basic level of educational provision

Borlase have only been able to provide such an incredibly wide range of opportunities beyond the boundaries of the Government’s basic funded level because of the generosity of parents and alumni in supporting the school at every fundraising event and to the dedication of staff who give their time beyond what is normal in most school environments

Borlase will remain at the Government’s minimum funding level even after their recent Fairer Funding changes have come into effect.  The school will be at the “joint bottom” of the National funding league table in relation to Key Stages 3&4. In addition, we have a particularly large 6th form, for which funding levels have actually fallen in recent years.

It is only through the generosity of our parents and alumni that we are able to achieve our mission to continue to provide all pupils with the rich curricular opportunities which have become the hallmark of our school.


Borlase is operating against a difficult funding background, but we continue to be even more ambitious. We keep adding more and more opportunities for our children – new activities, competitions, clubs, societies, academic groups and, of course, improving facilities.

We continue to offer a rich curriculum with a wide choice of subjects. We continue to offer practical science as we consider this to be essential for learning and understanding.

We have reduced teacher non-contact to the legal minimum and our class sizes are very efficiently run.

We continue to apply for grants for much needed facility improvements.  We are not permitted to use these funds from grants on any operating costs.  Upon receipt of a grant Borlase is obliged to make a percentage contribution to the building costs, paradoxically, decreasing funds.


By giving through a company matched-giving scheme, you could double the value of your donation to Borlase. Contact your employer to find out if they support matched-giving.

Donations made through a matched-giving scheme are “topped up” by the donor’s employer—sometimes pound-for-pound—increasing the amount that the donor’s chosen charity receives.

The details of how matched-giving schemes work can vary from one company to another.  Some schemes top-up donations by a percentage of the original gift.  Other schemes offer to match gifts up to a certain amount.

Click here for a list of some of the major organisations which we understand operate a corporate matched giving scheme.

If you have any questions about corporate matched giving please email our Director of Development, Ilona Cains at


This is why we are asking for support from our alumni and parents, so that we do not need to cut back on the education we provide or the breadth of extra-curricular opportunities we give each student at Borlase.

For all enquiries please contact Ilona Cains at or on 01628 816519.