The John Roan Foundation
John Roan died in 1644 and bequeathed his estate to educate the town-born children of Greenwich. Nearly 400 years later his original bequest has grown so the John Roan Foundation owns not only the Maze Hill school site and school's playing fields in Kidbrooke Park Road, but also a property portfolio in Greenwich.
The rental income from the property portfolio provides a significant yearly income which the Trustees apply in line with John Roan's original bequest and is used to pay for educational purposes and projects at The John Roan School which fall outside what the State would normally fund. This includes:
* additional improvements to the school, which would not have otherwise been possible, such as a dedicated sixth form area
* help for necessitous students to be able to participate in school life
* running costs for the school's minibuses
* additional equipment for curriculum areas
* prizes and awards, including the Roan Exhibition, started in 1882, and awarded every year to the boy and girl who have achieved the highest results in their A levels toward their university education.
In addition, the Foundation’s funding gives the students at John Roan a unique experience to widen their horizons in being able to experience a variety of extracurricular activities. Every member of staff can apply for funding for activities and equipment which means that the children can benefit from the inventive and creative ideas of any teacher in the school.
The opportunities the Foundation has been able to give to students is exhaustive, but the list includes:
* the opportunity for every child to learn a musical instrument which means the school has built a strong music tradition
* a variety of science, arts, language and sports trips
* sports leadership courses
* enhanced sport opportunities
* debating and public speaking training.
There are thirteen trustees (who are actually directors of a company which is the sole corporate trustee of The John Roan Foundation) of which nominations are made by Royal Borough of Greenwich (two nominations), University of Greenwich, the staff, Old Roan Association and JRSA. The headteacher is an ex officio member and the remaining six Trustees are co-opted. The Trustees normally meet six times a year to consider applications for funding and also to ensure the properties and other investments are properly managed, to ensure John Roan's bequest continues to benefit the children of Greenwich for generations to come.
The John Roan Foundation | c/o John Roan School | Maze Hill | Greenwich | SE3 7UD | Charity no. 312707