The Reading Foundation - Education Charity Established 1986

Reading Foundation Projects

Reading Foundation has funds available to assist Reading School with capital, development and maintenance projects to improve the facilities at Reading School. The key statutory limitation is that Reading Foundation cannot fund projects for which public funding is available. The Headmaster of Reading School liaises closely with Reading Foundation about potential projects which need funding.


One of the great benefits of the Foundation for Reading School is that it can fund projects which could not be covered by the School budget. Here are some recent projects supported by the Reading Foundation:

The Refectory

New Refectory opened in May 2012
New Refectory opened in May 2012

Until 2012, the pupils of Reading School had nowhere indoors to eat or gather during break times. Boarders were catered for separately in the boarding houses, and everyone else either ate in the classrooms or at picnic tables outside, with a tuckshop providing some food. When the Refectory was proposed, the Reading Foundation agreed that the life of the school and its pupils would be improved greatly if it could be built, and agreed to fund £200,000 of its cost, with a further £400,000 loan available if necessary. This provided the core funding (along with parent and Old Redingensian Association donations and a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation) to support a funding application to the Department of Education. After a successful application, sufficient grant monies were awarded to Reading School so the Foundation loan was not needed. This process highlights an important role of the Foundation in relation to major development projects at Reading School:

  • The Reading Foundation was able to fund the uncertain planning process
  • The RF funding gave a base on which Reading School could build a realistic funding proposal for the project
  • These two elements combined so that when the Department of Education invited Academies to apply for grants for projects with planning permission in place, Reading School was ready to fill in the forms!
  • The financial commitment of the Reading Foundation to the project demonstrated the support of stakeholders, which is an important element when others are considering funding
Now we can’t imagine Reading School without the Refectory: a welcoming space for pupils to meet and eat, and a meeting point for parents and alumni visiting the School for business or pleasure.

Dry rot!

In 2013 extensive dry rot was discovered in the Physics Laboratories. Reading School was already financially committed to a schedule of urgent repair work in the School, so the Reading Foundation agreed to fund the full cost of circa £45,000 to repair the dry rot. This put the Labs back into working order.

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