Rossall Foundation

The Rossall Foundation was founded in 2005, by the then Chair of Council Hazel Trapnell, with the sole aim of supporting the School and helping it flourish.

Rossall has a tradition of benefaction and the Foundation has been able to play its part in ensuring that the excellent education that Rossall has provided over the years will continue to benefit generations to come.

The Foundation aims to continue that tradition of giving back to the School so that the School and its pupils can continue to prosper, flourish and enjoy the most marvellous opportunities afforded by a Rossall education.

How Has the Foundation Supported the School?

Support has been given by over 750 Rossallians, from right across the spectrum of former pupils, in terms of age and financial resources. The one thing in common being the love for Rossall and in doing so the Foundation has raised over £2.6 million.

In the last 5 years, the Foundation has supported some major projects at School and we would like to thank everyone for their generosity.

How does the Foundation support Rossall?

Donations to the Foundation can be specifically directed to three initiatives: The Annual Appeal, Bursaries or Capital Projects. But there is also the Unrestricted Fund and all monies donated to this fund will be spent in areas of Rossall life that the School feel would benefit Rossall the most.

Support has been given by over 750 Rossallians, from right across the spectrum of former pupils, in terms of age and financial resources. The one thing in common being the love for Rossall and in doing so the Foundation has raised over £2.6 million.

In the last 5 years, the Foundation has supported some major projects at School and we would like to thank everyone for their generosity.

Annual Appeal

Above and Beyond

Do you want to donate to ensure an immediate benefit to Rossall? An annual gift will allow you to do that. Donating annually through direct debit or standing order (whether monthly, quarterly or annually) will be of immediate benefit to the School.

Recently, this form of giving has allowed for a weather station for the Geography department, science equipment, Ipads for the Junior School,  Golf Academy equipment. All of these could not be funded through school fees and have brought an instant benefit and impact to the various departments within Rossall School.

Make a difference now and sign up to a regular gift! click here to complete the online gift form or click here to download a hard copy.

Rossall 'Changing Lives' Bursary Programme

Widening Access, enabling opportunities

A Rossall ‘Changing Lives’ Bursary provides means-tested bursaries, allowing a child to benefit from a Rossall Education which they otherwise would not be able to afford.

It is very important that Rossall is supporting the local community in ensuring bright, talented and ambitious children can be supported with a Rossall education. It is truly life-changing.

Rossall Alumni have been supporting local pupils in this way since the School was founded and it is very important we continue to support local children in this way.

Many of you reading this will personally understand how important this is and how life-changing it is to be able to enjoy the opportunities, teaching and support at Rossall. Help us change more lives! CLICK HERE to complete the online gift form or CLICK HERE to download a hard copy.

Capital Projects

Celebrating the past. Building for the future

The School, with the support of the Foundation, has added an impressive array of buildings on the campus over the last few years (Golf Academy, Performing Arts Studio, Sports Centre) and also funded the refurbishment of the Dining Hall.

The Capital Project Fund allows us to work with the School on such projects. Rossall is fortunate to possess so many iconic buildings but their upkeep comes at a cost.

The Science Block is one of these buildings that are in need of refurbishment. It has probably not changed much since you were at Rossall and it would be fantastic if the Foundation could look towards financing three brand new state of the art Laboratories.

A ‘one-off gift’ to the Capital Project Fund would make a huge difference to helping the education of our aspiring Scientists! CLICK HERE to complete the online gift form or CLICK HERE to download a hard copy.

How Can You Support Rossall?



Contact the Foundation

For more information about the Rossall School Foundation please contact:

Henry Shepherd (JS&P 68-78) Foundation Director


[email protected]


Rossall School, Broadway, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8JW


01253 774201 (School Reception)

Your Legacy, Their Future

Since 1844, Rossall has been committed to helping young people grow intellectually, culturally, socially and emotionally. This is why so many Rossallians have made such positive contributions to the societies within which they live and work. This community is one rooted in tradition and generosity has always been at the heart of our collective character and culture.

A tradition of benefaction among Old Rossallians enables the School to fulfil its goals. Rossall is indebted to many benefactors, through whose generosity over the years the school has continued to flourish

The Legacy Studio. If you are considering leaving a Legacy to Rossall why not contact Tony Carter (Pelican 1972-77) who runs the Legacy Studio. Tony has very kindly agreed to offer a Free Wills Service to any OR leaving a Legacy to the School.

Should you already have a Will in place, he would be happy to discuss the provision of a Codicil, so you could add a bequest to your Will, and again all free of charge.

For more information  01484 817266

A tradition of benefaction amongst Old Rossallians enables the School to fulfil its goals.


If you have decided to leave a legacy to Rossall, please contact:

Henry Shepherd, Foundation Director, Rossall School, Broadway, Fleetwood, FY7 8JW


01253 774201


[email protected]


Membership of this society includes anyone who chooses to leave a legacy to Rossall. We hope that your experience and memories here at Rossall will enable you to seriously consider joining the 1844 Society.

Since Hazel Trapnell introduced the Foundation whilst Hazel was Chair of Council, seven hundred and fifty fellow Rossallians have raised over two and a half million pounds. We have assisted in the refurbishment of the houses in the Square, opened a Maths Department in what was the old Junior School; we now have a very fine Performing Arts Centre and have contributed £600K to the magnificent Sports Centre, not forgetting the Astroturf.


There have been other worthy causes, all of which have helped put the School in a strong position. For all this the School is extremely grateful for your magnificent support, particularly from such major donors as Hazel Trapnell, David McKee and Simon Borrows.


The School has coped admirably during the Coronavirus crisis and our thanks go to Chris Holt (Head of Council), the Council, Jeremy Quartermain (Headmaster), the Senior Leadership Team, and Staff, who have all played a magnificent part in the running of the School, particularly during the lockdowns.


This is why we are so grateful for the support we have had from ORs, in the past and we really must support the School now and in the future.


If you have any questions, or if I can help in any way, please come back to me.


Floreat Rossallia.

Message from the Chairman
Alf. Tansey. ( L. 1949-1964)

I became involved with Rossall through my late husband, Leigh Trapnell, who had been a pupil in Rose House in the 1920s. Leigh had been a notable athlete at School and, whilst at King’s College, Cambridge, represented England in an athletics match against Sweden. He became involved with Rossall again in the 1950s when he put his expertise, learned on the Stock Exchange, to good use by becoming the School’s financial advisor. Leigh later made a generous contribution to the improvement of the School’s running track and in 1973 the athletics team had an unbeaten season in both Junior and Senior events. In 1985 he made an amazing gift to the School of £1,000,000 to set up a fund for the distribution of “Trapnell Scholarships”. Gareth Phillips was the first Trapnell scholar and the scholarships are still awarded.


Rossall School has changed markedly from the 1970s. Contemporary Rossall is a true blend of the traditional and modern and is now a co-educational international college, for 0-18 year olds.


Most independent schools today are unable to balance their books simply from fee income, nor increase the number of scholarships and bursaries available, nor carry out the necessary refurbishments. Rossall is particularly sensitive in this respect because of its geographical and economic location.


It was for these reasons that, on my recommendation as Chairman of Council at the time, it was decided to set up The Rossall Foundation, to raise funds to support the School in a variety of different ways.

Why is the Foundation so important to me?
Life Governor, Mrs Hazel Trapnell

When I think back on my memories of Rossall (which wasn’t that long ago) I, like many other ORs remember Chapel, The Archway, The Carmen and the many friends and teachers that helped me get to where I am today. Many of us will have seen considerable changes over the years, most of which have been necessary in order for the School to survive.


However, one thing which hasn’t changed at Rossall is the atmosphere. There has always been a community feel, where we all pull together and support each other. I will always remember the help and support of my teachers; whether staying behind on Wednesday nights in Sixth Form with Mr Hoffman to go through economics, Mr Emmett working with me on Sunday’s to get my history coursework sorted or working with my friends in the Sumner Library whist we studied for tests and exams.


Outside of the classroom, I took part in the CCF where I had the opportunity to take part in shooting competitions and go on camps all over the country (even a trip to Germany one year), rugby where I played for the 2nd XV and the school plays, where Mrs Briggs loved to use me as the comedian, one year dressing me up in a pink and yellow outfit (it was hideous!).


I have so many happy memories of Rossall. My school life will always stay with me and I want others to experience the fantastic opportunities I had whilst there. This is why I choose to make a small donation to the Rossall Foundation each month. It’s not a huge amount (and I honestly don’t miss it!) but I hope that my contribution towards the Bursary Fund will allow talented local children to benefit from the Rossall experience.


The friends I made here I will have for life and I will always be grateful to those who gave me such a wonderful school life. Throughout my time at Rossall, I was told it will be what you make it, and it is so true.


Floreat Rossallia!

Why support Rossall?
OR Callum Baxter (Pre Prep, JS & P 97-11)

I give a monthly donation to Rossall School through The Rossall Foundation. I do this because I really enjoyed my time there (three years in the Junior School and then five years in Dolphin House as a day girl) and I would like other people to be able to enjoy the experience.


When I started in Dolphin there were only forty girls and five hundred boys in the Senior School so as you can imagine we were something of a novelty!


Academically the opportunities were excellent. I did science A-Levels (where there were even fewer girls at that time) and went on to Manchester University to study Medicine (following in my two brothers’ footsteps – they were in Falcon as day boys). In medicine, it is important to get on with many different types of people and at Rossall, I was able to mix with people from all over the UK and overseas.


The extra-curricular activities were great. I was a keen swimmer (Captain of the Girls Team in my last year) and was involved in music. I played the flute in the band and army band, including the ‘Beating of the Retreat’ the night before Prize Day as well as singing in an ‘Octet’ and in the occasional musical. We used to play Ross Hockey on the beach in February (in games skirts – freezing but character building!) and I enjoyed helping to edit the School Magazine.


Rossall provided me with a rich and full school life and enabled me to experience many activities outside of the classroom. I enjoy hearing about the progress of the School and by giving a monthly donation feel that I’m contributing to its future.

Why I contribute to Rossall's Future
OR Elizabeth Walton (JS & D 79-87)

Gift Form

If you wish to make a one time gift to the Rossall Foundation then please complete this form. If you require any assistance with it then please contact Adele Mullineaux via [email protected].

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