From one generation to the next

Over the centuries, generous individuals have made the decision to include Abingdon in their wills.

The impact of these bequests has been huge: land, buildings, bursaries… we would not be the school we are today without this tradition of generosity. Now we would like to invite you to become part of this tradition. Legacies contribute to our future and enable us to expand the opportunities and excellence we have to offer.

Whether you decide to direct your support to bursaries, as I have, or whether you are happy for it to be used as an unrestricted gift, you can contribute to the future of this inspirational school. And, during your lifetime you can stay in closer touch with Abingdon through the 1563 Society and gain a growing understanding of the good your legacy will do.

Alan Williams (OA 1965), Chairman of The 1563 Society

The earliest document relating to the existence of what became Abingdon School dates from 1256 when John de Blosneville, Abbot of Abingdon Abbey, left a bequest for the support of thirteen poor scholars. Just over 300 years later, in 1563, John Roysse re-endowed the School as a new foundation following the dissolution of the Abbey under Henry VIII. Roysse’s endowment included property in the City of London, the income from which helped finance the School for the next 300 years. Sold in 1868, the proceeds underpinned the funding of the present school. However, our benefactors are by no means only historic: Richard Cox (1934), Hugh Leach (1953) and Nigel Hammond (1957), have all left substantial bequests to the School in recent years. Like many others before and since, they wanted to acknowledge the benefit they received from an Abingdon education and by so doing contribute to its future.

You can read two legators’ stories, or for more information on leaving a legacy, download our Support Us Handbook and Legacy Brochure.

To pledge a legacy, please download and complete this form.

The 1563 Society

The 1563 Society is one important way in which Abingdon shows gratitude to those who have pledged a legacy.

Get in touch

Alexa Broad, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Telephone: +44 (0)1235 849117
Email: alexa.broad@abingdon.org.uk

Harriet Alderman, Development Manager
Telephone: +44 (0)1235 849107
Email: harriet.alderman@abingdon.org.uk

Development and Alumni Relations Office
Abingdon School
Park Road
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 1DE