The Foundation believes that it can help Rossall achieve its aims by striving for support in the following areas: Annual Fund, Bursary Appeal, Capital Project, and the growth of the 1844 Legacy Society.
Rossall has a tradition of Benefaction and the Foundation has been able to play its part in ensuring that the excellent education that Rossall has provided over the years will continue to benefit generations to come.
The Foundation aims to continue that tradition of giving back to the School so that the School and its pupils can continue to prosper, flourish and enjoy the most marvellous opportunities afforded by a Rossall education.
Message from the Chairman
Chair of The Rossall Foundation, Alf Tansey (F 49 to 54)
Rossall has come a long way since it was founded in 1844, and the long and historic journey has had its ups and a few downs.
Today Rossall offers a traditional British Boarding experience, with dynamic international, day pupil and junior elements.
In the last 5 years the school has been able to re-establish its strength, viability and reputation and is a school we can be very proud of.
It is a privilege to be part of The Rossall Foundation, which has played a small part in the School’s revival, but we are on the threshold of greater things. The School is moving forwards at a startling pace under the leadership of our Head, Bursar and Chairman. The programme of refurbishment of every boarding house in the main square is now complete, along with the iconic Archway. The former Junior School has now been converted to teach over 100 pupils in our unique International Study Centre and The Hall now houses Reception and administrative departments. The school’s Astroturf has been re-laid and a new Multi Use Games Area built adjacent to it.
Where does that leave us? I genuinely believe the School is in a healthier state than it has been for decades. But do not take my word for it, come and see for yourself.
I have passed my three score years and ten, but like so many Rossallians over the generations, have a great debt of gratitude I personally received free(my Grandfather paid). I made many lifelong friends at Rossall, some of whom are no longer with us. I want to honour them by giving something back to the School. Please can I also persuade you to want to support Rossall. Even a regular gift-aided donation monthly given by each Rossallian would make an enormous difference.
Last but not least may I sincerely thank those who have already supported the School through the Foundation; this has helped significantly in the upturn of our fortunes.
Why The Rossall Foundation Is Important To Me
Life Governor, Mrs Hazel Trapnell
I became involved with Rossall through my late husband, Leigh Trapnell, who had been a pupil in Rose House in the 1920s. Leigh had been a notable athlete at School and, whilst at King’s College, Cambridge, represented England in an athletics match against Sweden. He became involved with Rossall again in the 1950s when he put his expertise, learned on the Stock Exchange, to good use by becoming the School’s financial advisor. Leigh later made a generous contribution to the improvement of the School’s running track and in 1973 the athletics team had an unbeaten season in both junior and senior events. In the 1985 he made an amazing gift to the School of £1,000,000 to set up a fund for distribution of “Trapnell Scholarships”. Gareth Phillips was the first Trapnell scholar and the scholarships are still awarded. I am now delighted that my grandson, David, is at Rossall School continuing the family’s connection.
Rossall School has changed markedly from the 1970s. Contemporary Rossall is a true blend of the traditional and modern and is now a co-educational international college, for 2-18 year olds.
Most independent schools today are unable to balance their books simply from fee income, nor increase the number of scholarships and bursaries available, nor carry out the necessary refurbishments. Rossall is particularly sensitive in this respect because of its geographical and economic location.
It was for these reasons that, on my recommendation as Chairman of Council at the time, it was decided to set up The Rossall Foundation, to raise funds to support the School in a variety of different ways.
Why Support Rossall School?
When I think back on my memories of Rossall (which wasn’t that long ago) I, like many other ORs remember Chapel, The Archway, The Carmen and the many friends and teachers that helped me get to where I am today. Many of us will have seen considerable changes over the years, most of which have been necessary in order for the School to survive.
However, one thing which hasn’t changed at Rossall is the atmosphere. There has always been a community feel, where we all pull together and support each other. I will always remember the help and support of my teachers; whether staying behind on Wednesday nights in Sixth Form with Mr Hoffman to go through economics, Mr Emmett working with me on Sunday’s to get my history coursework sorted or working with my friends in the Sumner Library whist we studied for tests and exams.
Outside of the classroom, I took part in the CCF where I had the opportunity to take part in shooting competitions and go on camps all over the country (even a trip to Germany in one year), rugby where I played for the 2nd XV and the school plays, where Mrs Briggs loved to use me as the comedian, one year dressing me up in a pink and yellow outfit (it was hideous!).
I have so many happy memories of Rossall. My school life will always stay with me and I want others to experience the fantastic opportunities I had whilst there. This is why I choose to make a small donation to the Rossall Foundation each month. It’s not a huge amount (and I honestly don’t miss it!) but I hope that my contribution towards the Bursary Fund will allow talented local children to benefit from the Rossall experience.
The friends I made here I will have for life and I will always be grateful to those who gave me such a wonderful school life. Throughout my time at Rossall I was told it will be what you make it, and it is so true.
I give a monthly donation to Rossall School through The Rossall Foundation. I do this because I really enjoyed my time there (three years in the Junior School and then five years in Dolphin House as a day girl) and I would like other people to be able to enjoy the experience.
When I started in Dolphin there were only forty girls and five hundred boys in the Senior School so as you can imagine we were something of a novelty!
Academically the opportunities were excellent. I did science A-Levels (where there were even less girls at that time) and went on to Manchester University to study Medicine (following in my two brothers’ footsteps – they were in Falcon as day boys). In medicine it is important to get on with many different types of people and at Rossall I was able to mix with people from all over the UK and overseas.
The extra-curricular activities were great. I was a keen swimmer (Captain of the Girls Team in my last year) and was involved in music. I played the flute in the band and army band, including the ‘Beating of the Retreat’ the night before Prize Day as well as singing in an ‘Octet’ and in the occasional musical. We used to play Ross Hockey on the beach in February (in games skirts – freezing but character building!) and I enjoyed helping to edit the School Magazine.
Rossall provided me with a rich and full school life and enabled me to experience many activities out of the classroom. I enjoy hearing about the progress of the School and by giving a monthly donation feel that I’m contributing to its future.