RGS: Changing Lives since 1675...

Henry Smith Club

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In the spirit of our founder, we have established a club in his name to support the Bursary Fund…

A great philanthropist, Henry Smith, was born in Wandsworth in 1548. He went on to accumulate great wealth through the acquisition of land and estates through the City and south of England. 

Henry died in 1627 and declared in his Will that a gift of £1,000 be used for the relief of the poor and to educate local children in Reigate. In 1675 RGS was founded to educate poor boys in reading, writing and simple calculations and has remained on the same site to this very day. 2025 will celebrate Reigate Grammar School’s 350th anniversary.

Membership to the club is through an annual donation of £1,675, representing our foundation date, for a minimum seven year term (the school cycle of a child). Your donation would solely be used to provide bursarial support. 

 

It currently only takes 8 Henry Smith Club members
to provide a full bursary

 

The School’s very own foundation was built from philanthropy for those young people with the necessary ability and dedication, but who lacked the means to benefit from such excellent educational provision. The Henry Smith Club now looks to support those children who possess talent, ability and dedication, but who lack the financial means to benefit from the educational experience RGS can offer.

 

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I firmly believe that a good education is a powerful enabler of social mobility and am extremely proud to be the President of this important philanthropic group. I urge you to join the Henry Smith Club so that together, we can continue to change the lives of future students of RGS and help them fufil their potential.

Sir Peter Gershon CBE
President, Henry Smith Club
(RGS 1958-66)

Benefits

  • You will have a significant impact on the life chances of a talented young child
  • Handmade bespoke membership pin
  • Invitation to Henry Smith Club Annual Dinner
  • Membership certificate
  • Exclusive annual HSC mailing update
  • Membership of an important professional network of like-minded individuals

If you would like to join the Henry Smith Club you can either set up an online Direct Debit to complete your membership or alternatively download the Direct Debit form complete and post back to us.

To learn more about becoming a Henry Smith Patron click here.

Click below to read the new HSC brochure.

 

Testimonials...

RGS gave me the superb education my parents could not have afforded. I’ve never forgotten that... So I decided to give a bursary to a first year student and I hope it gives her some of the opportunities RGS gave to me.

Andrew Sullivan (RGS 1974–1981)

The lessons learned in those RGS years were certainly formative in terms of teamwork, resilience and lifelong learning.

Iain McLean (RGS 1971–1974)

Maybe if I had not had the opportunities and encouragement from RGS my life would have followed another path. Those days seem many miles away now but I will never forget my five happy years there.

Laurie Reed (RGS 1948–1953)

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