The success of iBOS is built on the success of those who have studied with us before. This includes our alumni and our current students, as well as our founders who guided the school’s ethos to develop a proper educational tool and environment for our students, recognising that each one of our students can do more than what they think possible.
As we start a new decade, we are embarking on a comprehensive development plan for a sound foundation for the many years to come. This plan includes developing our site facilities to adapt to our increased student roll, and developing our teaching and learning practices to meet the skills our students will need. We also want to ensure that while iBOS may be a school of choice for many, we are still able to embrace students who will contribute to the school, by expanding our scholarship and bursary funds.
If you are interested in supporting iBOS to continue to advance into the next decade, we would welcome your support in joining us or this journey.
We are grateful to all our benefactors, and appreciate every gift, large or small.
iBOS is committed to supporting students who are able to achieve our minimum academic requirements and contribute positively within our ethos and guidelines.
We understand that an independent school education is not easily attainable for everyone, and we are pleased to offer a range of bursaries to support children who can truly thrive here, but who might otherwise not be able to attend.
If you have experienced the benefit of an education at iBOS yourself, or would just like to support a student by giving them an opportunity to reach their potential at our school, you can donate via our bursary fund.
In 2017, building work began on the school’s 15 year master plan development project. State of the art, purpose built classrooms and laboratories are being added, and we are upgrading existing buildings to cater for modern school needs and the small increase in pupil roll over the years.
Phase one includes the new science and technology building, which will be completed in spring 2019 along with complete renovation of the Prep School. Phase two of the project will include the redevelopment of the Joyce Grenfell Centre (JGC) to include a dedicated sixth form centre and a new school library, as well as upgrading our music school and transforming our performance space into a dedicated theatre setting.
While phase one of our master plan is funded primarily through reinvestment, work on the later phases of the project will be contingent on fundraising.
The gift of a legacy to iBOS makes a lasting difference to our current and future students. In the past, it has been legacy donations that have allowed us to complete major projects, like our new science and technology building. After providing for your family and friends, you may wish to leave a charitable gift in your will to support the continued development of iBOS.
If you have already made a will, but you want to leave a legacy to the school, you can make an addition or change without re-writing your current will. This addition is called a codicil; for your convenience, we have prepared a codicil form which you can download and take along to your solicitor to be held alongside your current will. However, please be aware that the codicil is not a valid legal document on its own, and must be held with a legally valid will.
If you haven’t made a will yet, making a pledge to leave a gift in your will enables us to plan for the future. Pledges are not legally binding, but do allow us to confidently estimate future support. If you do decide to leave a legacy to the school, it is important that your will is legally drawn up and correctly witnessed when you feel ready.
A legacy to a registered charity such as The iBOS Foundation (registered charity number 274664) can not only help to reduce or eliminate your liability to inheritance tax, but also provides an excellent opportunity to help secure the long-term future of the school.
Since 6 April 2012, if you leave 10% of your estate to charity, the tax due may be paid at a reduced rate of 36% instead of 40%. Gifts of capital assets or shares can also be made directly to iBOS without the donor incurring any liability to capital gains tax or inheritance tax.
For further information on the benefits of giving to charity to reduce an inheritance tax bill, please visit the HMRC website or speak to your financial advisor. You can also contact the HM Revenue and Customs charities helpline: +44 (0)20 3880 9270.