Wispers Trust

Wispers School for Girls in Haslemere enjoyed an excellent reputation for over 60 years, as is testified by the Independent Schools Report 2007. Its motto - Fortiter, Fideliter, Feliciter (Bravely, Faithfully, Happily) - inspired numerous girls and their teachers throughout its existence.

In the harder times of the present century, the Governors were mindful of the school's traditions and values, which would have been severely compromised in any amalgamation. They took a more positive view and, following the school's closure and sale in 2008, established a revised trust, the Wispers Trust. This will offer financial assistance to deserving pupils, particularly secondary pupils in Year 11 (GCSE) or Year 13 (A2), whose parents or guardians are experiencing unforeseen difficulties.

In their strategic planning the Wispers Trustees have worked closely with the Charity Commission who, in particular, applauded the Trust's intention to offer support in perpetuity. This is seen as the most effective way of preserving the founding principles of the school.

Wispers Trust has awarded several grants during successive academic years since 2010. This has enabled a number of pupils to complete either their GCSE or A2 studies.

Trustees' Report for public release on behalf of Wispers Trust.

Wispers Trust was founded following the closure and sale of Wispers School for Girls, Haslemere. An investment portfolio was created for the dedicated purpose of providing an interest-profit base that would be used to assist pupils whose education in Years 10-11 (GCSE) or Years 12-13 (A2) would be compromised by parents or guardians being unable to pay the fees, through no fault of their own. Recipients have to be resident in Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Greater London or the Home Counties.

In September 2012 the Trust was in place to offer grant assistance, and this has continued to the present academic year.

Applications for each new academic year will need to be made by the preceding March, for consideration by the Trustees.

Wispers Trust, PO Box 119, GU29 1BH

Charity Number: 307309
Email: wisperstrust@btconnect.com