The Trust was founded in 1980 to support the school’s pupils. Our aim is to provide funds for extras not covered by statutory funding, including basics such as school trips, play equipment and music lessons.
As Linden Lodge School has developed and the needs of the students have become more complex, the Trust has risen to the challenge of raising additional funding for much larger projects. These have included a wheelchair access adventure playground, wheelchair access mini-buses, a sensory garden, a hydrotherapy pool, and a library and learning resources centre.
The school’s success is a testament to the passion and commitment of the staff to provide the best possible environment and opportunities for Linden Lodge pupils. This means that there will always be a wish list for funding, whether to support important enhancements to the everyday curriculum, or to help realise future projects that will enable the school to do even more to support students’ development needs.
Linden Lodge Charitable Trust plays an important role in providing support to the school on a day-to-day basis, as well as helping to provide important new facilities when these are needed. Any major new projects need the approval of the School’s Board of Governors and Wandsworth Education Authority, but with their endorsement, the Trustees work hard with the school to raise funds for specific campaigns. We are proud to have supported some wonderful new facilities over the last ten years, and look forward to hearing about new projects that need our help in order to be realised.
As well as helping to raise funds for major new facilities, we want to ensure that funds are available for smaller items that make a difference on a day-to-day basis. Music is very important for some of the students, so one of our priorities is to make sure funds are available for music lessons. We also provide funds for playground equipment and toys for the weekly boarders. We raise funds through a range of activities, including encouraging as many people as possible to become Friends of Linden Lodge. We are always looking for new Friends to support this very worthwhile cause. Friends receive an invitation to a Summer Garden Party in the beautiful school grounds, and are kept informed about the school’s news in a newsletter.