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Finton’s story is built upon philanthropy.

Two Heads, generously supported by four families, originally welcomed 40 students into Balham Leisure Centre. That school has now grown to nearly 340 students in an estate that includes an Art Studio, Science laboratories, gym, library, and computing classrooms. All of this has been achieved through the unstinting support of Finton’s friends and families, trusts and foundations, and corporate donations.

2027 will see our 40th anniversary, but our story is only just beginning. Our ambitions are big, and we need your help to achieve them.

Why Support Finton House

Finton House is a registered charity (no. 296588) formed with two principles in mind:

  • Young children should not have to face the pressures of a competitive entry system.
  • All children, including those with specific needs, should have the same opportunities.

School fees cover the day to day running of the School, with any operational surplus put back into the charity, including support towards the bursary programme and a limited number of partnerships with our community partners.

We need additional funds to enable our vision moving forwards, including offering transformational bursaries to even more young people, to provide state of the art, innovative resources to support our curriculum, to initiate sustained and impactful partnerships with local state schools and charities, and to invest in our estate ensuring it is fit for 21st century learning.

Sally Walker Bursary

Finton House was founded on the principle of inclusivity, yet not everyone can afford the benefits of private schooling. The Sally Walker Bursary, created in memory of a much-loved Finton Headmistress, funds free or assisted places to children who would otherwise not have access to a Finton education.

A transformational bursary is just that; a life-changing opportunity for someone with potential, giving them a platform to achieve in the long term and give back to society. The scheme is targeted at those who will benefit the most and includes funding for everything from clubs to music lessons to travel support.

  • A gift of £500 can assist in providing a full set of uniform for a bursary student
  • A gift of £200 can cover the travel costs for a bursary student for a whole term
  • A gift of £75 can pay for an after-school club for a bursary student for a whole term

If you would like to donate to the Sally Walker Bursary, please complete the Donation Form and return it to the Development Office.

Annual Fund

School budgets are always squeezed by the unexpected. This often means ‘nice to have’ projects, which can have a positive impact on learning, never take off. We would like to create a dedicated annual fund for these plans and ideas to ensure they aren’t left behind. Example projects could include:

  • Finton Cares: investing in eco projects the children can participate in
  • Classroom of the Future: investing in new ideas to benefit the physical learning environment
  • Caves of Curiosity: creating nooks and spaces that inspire, perhaps a space ship, a hollow tree you can read in, or an underwater themed quiet space
  • Outdoor Learning: investing in outdoor spaces for learning such as our allotment, our partnership with Tom’s Farm or creating green spaces across the site to help combat pollution


If you would like to donate to Finton House’s Annual Fund, please complete the Donation Form and return it to the Development Office.

Leave a Gift in Your Will

After you have looked after your loved ones, remembering Finton House in your will is one of the most personal and significant ways that you can support our future students.

Legacy gifts can take the form of a percentage of your estate (the total of all of your possessions, finances and property), or a specific sum of money. A gift of any size in your will can make a transformative difference to future Fintonians.

For advice about leaving a gift in your will to charity, you can visit the Remember A Charity website.

If you would like to talk to someone about including Finton House in your will, and what a legacy gift could achieve, please contact our Head of Philanthropy, Andrew Baksi-Rye on 07415 876696 or email

We are incredibly grateful to those who have already chosen to include the School in their will. If you have also decided to leave a legacy gift to Finton House, please do let us know so that we can say thank you.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Finton’s charitable activities, or how your donation could make a difference to Finton’s future, please do get in touch:

Andrew Baksi-Rye, Head of Philanthropy

07415 876696

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