Westfield School is a well-managed and carefully financed school but it does not have any endowments. All development and refurbishment is funded from fee income and philanthropic support. We are ambitious for the girls and want them to have the facilities they need and deserve. We rely on the support of the Westfield community to ensure Westfield’s continuity as a model of all that is best about an independent, girls’ school education.
Our new STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths) area is an ambitious project to meld cutting edge new design with completely refurbished and renovated existing heritage buildings. Deliberately placing our three creative arts studios nestled between the science laboratories and a new IT and Maths suite means that the creativity of STEM and the precision inherent within art can blend to inspire our girls to explore each in greater depth. We are delighted to have the area operative and we are already witnessing its impact.
At the same time, the new Junior House wing has enabled our younger girls to enjoy purpose-built facilities in a light and airy building. The free flow between outside and in for the younger girls gives them a safe space to explore and play while the older girls enjoy a separate playground area. The closer links this building has with our Forest School areas helps develop the independence and exploration of the girls and transforms the teaching provision the School offers.
"It has been exciting to introduce our new facilities to the girls. The bright and well-equipped labs allow us to develop closer relationships, both within and between departments, to enhance the curriculum for the pupils." A quote from Mrs Morell, a Biology teacher
Our key capital campaigns are:
• STEAM centre
• Future development fund (Performing Arts and Sport)
• Westfield 60 Bursary Appeal
• Alumna bursary fund
The total cost of the building works thus far stands at £1.7 million with a further £700,000 planned for which new fundraising is required. £50,000 has already been raised through philanthropic giving with a further £30,000 in pledges and we are hugely grateful to all those who have contributed to this project.
If you would like to make a single or regular donation, please download and complete a Gift Form or for further information, please call Joe Leese on 0191 255 3981 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See also our Donor Charter
Ways of Giving
All gifts, irrespective of size, are essential in helping us to achieve our long-term vision for the school. Single gifts can have an immediate impact on fundraising for capital campaigns, while regular gifts help us to plan ahead for the future knowing that we have a steady income stream to rely on. There are many ways in which to make a gift.
By Direct Bank Transfer - If you would like to make a donation by direct bank transfer, please complete the Gift Form and make the payment to:
Barclays Bank PLC
Acc No: 00659371
Sort Code: 20-59-42
IBAN: GB66 BARC 2059 4200 659371
BIC Address: BARCGB22
By Cheque - If you would like to donate by cheque please complete the Gift Form making the cheque payable to ‘Westfield School’ and return to:
Newcastle Upon Tyne
By Standing Order - If you would like to set up a regular gift via standing order on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, please complete the Gift Form and return to:
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tax Efficient Giving - Westfield is a registered charity (charity number 528143) which means there are many ways in which to make your gift go further. If you are a UK taxpayer you can enhance your gift to the school by allowing us to claim back Gift Aid on your donation. Gift Aid is an invaluable source of 'additional' income allowing us to reclaim 25p on every £1 donated, at no extra cost to you. If you would like to Gift Aid your donation, please complete and sign the relevant section of the Gift Form.
Higher rate tax payers donating through Gift Aid can claim further tax relief via their self-assessment tax return.
Matched Giving - Many companies help charities through a matched giving scheme. Some will match pound for pound, and others will double match any donations which its employees make to registered charities. Please check with your Payroll or HR department whether your company operates such a scheme as this could make your donation worth even more to us.
Leaving a Legacy
Westfield has benefited from a history of philanthropy. In 1962 parents and donors came together to purchase Oakfield House which has been the home to Senior House ever since. Since then many Old Girls, current and former parents, and teachers have supported the school, either during their lifetime or through leaving a legacy to Westfield in their will.
We do understand that not everyone has the ability to make donations during their lifetime and a bequest may be an easier or more appropriate opportunity to make a significant contribution. As Westfield is a registered charity (charity number 528143), leaving a legacy in your Will is tax-efficient; all legacies to charities are excluded from your Estate for both Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax.