The Cokethorpe Fund
The Cokethorpe Fund
Your gifts to the Cokethorpe Fund will enable the School to offer means-tested bursaries to brilliant pupils, develop the School estate and its popular co-curricular programme.
The Cokethorpe Fund allows you to direct your gift to one of the following priority areas:
Area of Greatest Need
A flexible gift that the School will use for its current priorities and areas of greatest need.
To ensure talented pupils can join the School and benefit from the same experiences that you had, regardless of financial circumstance.
Building and Estate Fund
To preserve the historic parkland estate and develop new teaching spaces for the next generation of Cokethorpeans.
Providing resources for Cokethorpe pupils (and pupils in our partner state schools) to participate in Outdoor Education, Drama and Music activities outside of the curriculum.
Please read our Cokethorpe Fund booklet to learn more:
For a limited time donations to Cokethorpe will be matched £ for £. This Match Fund has been made possible thanks to a generous gift from a former governor and is capped at £10,000.
Regular gifts provide the School with sustained income and allow us to plan effectively. If you make a regular gift the Fund will match £ for £ your gifts for a full 12-months. For example, if you made a regular gift of £30 per month (the equivalent of £1 per day or £360 per year), the Match Fund will add a further £360 to the value of your gift.
In addition, if you are a UK taxpayer, your gift will be eligible for Gift Aid, adding a further 25% to the value of your donation.
This means for every £1 you donate the School will receive £2.25.
The Fund will also match one-off gifts to the School.
All gifts will automatically be matched £ for £ until the Match Fund is expended. You do not need to do anything additional for your gift to be matched.
How to Make a Gift
Make a gift online
To securely make your gift online please click on one of the four priority areas below and make your donation through our partner Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
Send your details or a cheque by post
You can also set-up a Direct Debit, or make a one-off gift by cheque, by downloading our Donation Form and returning this by post to:
Development Office, Freepost COKETHORPE, OX29 7PU.
Gifts can be made via bank transfer to.
Sort code: 60-24-60
Account number: 4291 8553
Please notify the School of any bank transfers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leave a Legacy
For those who hold Cokethorpe high in their affections and who wish to help ensure its future growth and preservation; a legacy is a means of giving something back in a way that may not be possible during one’s lifetime.
The Peacock Society recognises those who wish to express their support and affection for Cokethorpe by remembering the School in their Will.
All successful schools rely on more than fee income to ensure the future and to continue to fund new developments and provide access through scholarships and bursaries. Cokethorpe is younger than many, and as a result does not have the benefit of hundreds of years of such support through substantial endowments. Nevertheless, through prudent financial management and good stewardship, the School has continued to develop and to invest in new facilities and increased activities over the years, and this has been, from its inception, greatly assisted by the generosity of its supporters.
We cannot rest on our laurels, however, and demands upon our resources can only increase as time goes by. I would therefore ask you to read the following information and consider making provision for Cokethorpe in your Will. It will make a real difference to the lives of generations of future Cokethorpe pupils and, moreover, can also reduce your estate’s liability to Inheritance Tax.
Mr D J Ettinger
Why make a bequest to Cokethorpe?
For those who hold Cokethorpe high in their affections and who wish to help ensure its future growth and preservation; a legacy is a means of giving something back in a way that may not be possible during one’s lifetime. Only through a Will can you protect the interests of those close to you after your death and make sure your assets are shared out in the way you would wish. Your family and loved ones will naturally come first but, having done this, the School hopes that you will consider including a legacy in its favour in your Will. Cokethorpe School is a registered charity and any bequests of money or assets that you make in your Will are exempt from Inheritance Tax.
Type of legacies
There are a number of different types of legacy and we list the most popular ones below. The School always recommends taking professional legal advice before making a new Will or changing an existing one.
This involves leaving a specific sum of money to your beneficiary and is the simplest form of bequest. In order to ensure that inflation does not erode the value of your gift, you might wish to consider a wording that links your actual gift to any official inflation rate following the date of your Will.
This is the easiest way to protect the real value of your gift and involves leaving a percentage, or fraction, of your estate after any specific bequests have been made.
This is a way of allowing your spouse or other beneficiary to enjoy the income of your assets for their lifetime whilst still making a gift to the School. When they in turn pass away, the assets (or a proportion thereof) then revert to the School.
If you feel that, although you would quite like to leave something to the School, someone else has a stronger claim or need for your estate, then a conditional legacy allows for Cokethorpe only to benefit if that person or persons predeceases you.
Rather than making a bequest, you can make a gift to Cokethorpe on your death by taking out a Life Assurance policy and naming the School as the beneficiary.
How to leave a legacy to Cokethorpe
If you wish to remember Cokethorpe, and already have a Will in place, you can make a simple amendment to it through a codicil: please take professional legal advice and inform the executors of your Will of your intentions.
All legators are entitled to become members of the Peacock Society as well as being remembered in official rolls of honour and publications, unless you wish to remain anonymous. The School would be delighted to discuss with you any specific form of remembrance or recognition with which you may wish to mark your gift.
Gifts for general purposes are the most helpful to the School as they enable us to allocate funds where they will have the maximum benefit at the time they become available. However, if you would prefer that your gift be allocated for a specific purpose, then please give details of this in your Will.
We very much hope that you will wish to consider making a gift to Cokethorpe School through your Will. If you do decide to leave a legacy to Cokethorpe, we would be grateful if you would let us know by completing the Pledge Form. We can then recognise your generosity and enrol you in to the Peacock Society.
You do not need to give details of your legacy if you do not wish to; nor is the Pledge in any way binding. It is simply a statement of your present intentions and will assist the School in its future planning and administration. If your circumstances alter in any way, you can change your Will again to ensure that those to whom you must give priority are protected.
The Peacock Society
In many ways, the leaving of a bequest to Cokethorpe is the greatest gift you can make, as you will not see the benefit that such generosity will bring to future generations of boys and girls. It is for this reason that we have created the Peacock Society, so that we can both honour and thank our legacy donors during their lifetime for what they have chosen to do thereafter.
Membership of the Society is limited to those who have signified their intention to make a bequest to the School. As a member, you will be invited every year to a special lunch at which, in a quiet but meaningful way, we will be able to say thank you and keep you abreast of current activities and development plans. We will also look to draw upon your experience and wisdom to advise the School on its future intentions. We very much hope that you will wish to become a member of this exclusive and very special body of Cokethorpe supporters.
For more information and for any other enquiries, both formal and informal, about the possibility of leaving a bequest to Cokethorpe in your Will please contact the Development Office:
The Development Office
Tel: 01993 892352
Facilities and the Parkland
What strikes you first is the beauty of our extensive parkland setting, venture further beyond the gaters and you will discover there is a great deal more to what Cokethorpe has to offer.
Founded as Cokethorpe School in 1957, Cokethorpe itself has a long history, stretching back to the tenth century. Originally a boys’ senior boarding school, it has developed significantly since those early days.
Expanding our pupils’ learning beyond the confines of the classroom and the curriculum affords them the opportunity for a greater depth of understanding, and academic independence.
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