The John Roan Foundation

John Roan died in 1644 and bequeathed his estate to educate the town-born children of Greenwich. The legacy still exists today and is managed by the John Roan Foundation.

The Trust owns several properties mainly in Roan Street, Greenwich, as well as the Maze Hill school building and the playing fields in Kidbrooke Park Road. Income from these assets allows the Trust to further students’ education by helping the school to fund projects which fall outside of State provision and therefore continuing to fulfil John Roan’s wishes.

For example it funds the school orchestra, allowing every student the opportunity to learn an instrument; it provides and maintains the minibuses and in the past has provided the computers throughout the school. The Foundation has frequently provided the school with over £100,000 a year.

The John Roan Foundation also funds the Roan Exhibition. This was first awarded in 1882. It is awarded every year to the boy and girl who have achieved the highest results in their A levels. It is a bursary of £500 paid for 3 years to help them through their choice of further education.

Linda Nelson   Viv Lawrence
Cath Smith Mick Moore Alex Wilson
Malcolm Smith (Staff) Pam Maras Chris Strong
Patrick Cooper Ivy McGeorge Jan Farmer

The John Roan Foundation: Registered Charity Number 312707

The John Roan Foundation is the charitable trust that owns the School building and provides much-needed additional funding to the School. The Foundation is modernising its governance structure by appointing a 'corporate trustee', which means that a not-for-profit company will become the sole trustee of the Foundation and the Foundation's current trustees will become directors of the not-for-profit company. This structure makes it easier for the Foundation to manage its property and is a common structure for charities like the Foundation.

Under the Foundation's constitution, teachers and the PTA at the School currently each elect one of the Foundation's trustees and will in future be able to elect a director of the not-for-profit company. This change has been approved by the Foundation's current trustees, but the Foundation is also required by the Charity Commission to consult more widely. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Linda Nelson, Chair of the Foundation, via email - no later than 11 August 2019.

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