Charitable Trust | Gard'ner Memorial
Brother Joseph Gardner began The Thomas More School “to help boys of good intelligence” who need “extra consideration and individual attention” in order to achieve that of which they are capable
On the arrival of Barry Huggett OBE as Headmaster in 1993 the school embarked upon an ambitious building development plan.
The inaugural ‘More House Appeal’ was launched and looked to the charitable sector for support. The successful outcome resulted in the complete funding of the Multi Activity Sports Hall. This much needed resource was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in November 2001 when celebrating our Diamond Jubilee.
This set the trend during for the next fifteen years and numerous development projects, large and small were funded thanks to grants from a wide range of charitable trusts such as Garfield Weston, The Henry Smith Charity, The Wolfson Foundation but we owe a considerable debt of gratitude to The Bradbury Foundation. Various City Livery Companies such as the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Siemens PLC a generous corporate donor, together with the Wooden Spoon Society and individual parents have all contributed to our new resources.
Projects completed include the Simkins Performing Arts Centre, refurbished Science Laboratories, Bradbury School of Music, the Learning Development Centre concluding with a The Boyd Centre, comprising a cutting edge media department and library.
Ella Cattell, former parent and founding member of The Friends of More House, has worked alongside the Headmaster and Bursar to apply for grants since 1999. She continues to seek support for new projects to continue elevating the school resources which allow pupils the vast breadth of subjects and extra-curricular activities for which it is known.
The Gard’ner Memorial Charitable Trust is greatly indebted to the support it has received from the charitable sector and the legacy they have helped to build allowing More House School to become the largest school of its kind in the U.K. and a national centre of excellence in the support of children and young people with Speech, Language and communication problems.
For any further information, to propose ideas or suggestions or to make a donation, please do not hesitate to contact or make an appointment to meet with Mrs Ella Cattell at: firstname.lastname@example.org