The Barrovian Foundation aims to support the development of the school, and its students, by raising funds for projects that enhance the educational offering King William’s College and The Buchan School provide, in order to enrich our students’ lives. We wish to sustain the core principles of the school, meet the challenges of independent education and secure a bright future.


We need the help of our community to help us to achieve our ambitious aims. Many alumni, parents and friends of the school have already pledged their support and we are grateful to all of them for their involvement.

There are many ways you can choose to support – giving a one-off gift, supporting our regular giving programme or leaving a legacy. No matter the size of your donation, your help will make a lasting and valuable contribution.


Participation in our regular giving programme is one of the best ways to support the school. It is the backbone of the Foundation’s financial activity and will help us to plan for the future.

If you would like to give a gift you can use the online giving form below. You can choose to direct your gift to one of the school’s development areas or leave it to our discretion. We will respect your wishes if you choose to be anonymous and you can be assured of our gratitude.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your donation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Barrovian Foundation UK CIO is a registered UK Charity, number 1157260. If you are a UK tax payer, your donation can go even further with Gift Aid adding 25p to every £1 that you give.



We hope that all those who leave Buchan or the College do so with a sense of community, and that their experiences here help to shape the next steps in their lives. In the Leavers’ Chapel service each May our outgoing U6 are charged:

“…never to forget the great benefits you have received in your education in this place and, in time to come, as God shall prosper you, do all you can to enable others to enjoy similar benefits. And remember that you carry with you, wherever you go, the good name of King William’s College.”

‘Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know from whom you learned it.’

2 Timothy 3:14

One of the greatest ways you can show your support for the school, and preserve our community for future generations, is by pledging to leave a legacy gift to the Barrovian Foundation. All gifts, no matter the size, enable us to continue our work and ensure that the school can look to the future with confidence and educate for the modern world.

By making a legacy pledge to support the Barrovian Foundation you have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your belief in what King William’s College and The Buchan School stand for and preserve this for future students.
  • Give something back to the school to show gratitude for the start it gave you, or your son or daughter.
  • Do more than might be possible in your lifetime.

We have established the 1668 Society to recognise those who have chosen to leave a legacy to the Foundation. This Society is named from the year Bishop Barrow set up his deed that led to the building of King William’s College and supported Lady Buchan’s efforts to establish The Buchan School.


Like many great schools, King William’s College and The Buchan School have benefitted from the generosity of past benefactors. Bishop Barrow’s Foundation formed the base from which the College was built, and Lady Laura Buchan’s belief in education for girls allowed the Buchan to be established. Harold ‘Hockey’ Hughes-Games, our alter fundator, was instrumental in the major building works and expansion of KWC in the first half of the 20th Century. Throughout our history, legacies left by alumni and friends have created scholarships, enabled redevelopment and helped the school keep looking towards the future.



There are a number of ways in which you can support the Barrovian Foundation through a legacy.

You may wish to give a specific sum of money to the school (a pecuniary legacy) or alternatively leave all or a percentage of the residue of your estate, after other bequests to your family and friends have been made and expenses have been met (a residuary legacy).

You may wish to give a specific possession such as property, valuables or stocks and shares rather than leaving a monetary donation. In some instances, we may wish to realise the monetary value of this gift and so, if you have other intentions, we advise you to contact us to discuss this.

An unrestricted gift provides the most flexibility for the Foundation. Our current needs are primarily in investing in teaching and learning facilities and expanding our bursary provision.

You may, however, prefer your bequest to be used for a specific purpose and we will of course honour your wishes. You may benefit from certain tax efficiencies by leaving a bequest to the Foundation. We recommend that you contact your legal adviser for further information and advice.


If you have already made a will leaving a bequest to the Foundation but have not yet let us know, please get in contact. If you have not yet made a will or wish to alter your existing will or add a codicil to include the Foundation, please contact your legal adviser for advice.

Once you have made or amended your will, we would appreciate that you advise us of your intentions. This has no legal status and will not restrict your freedom to amend your will in the future, but allows us to recognise your pledge and welcome you to the 1668 Society. If you wish to discuss your legacy, please contact us.

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