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Making a Difference

The Queen's College Foundation

The foundation is a separate charity to the school Chaired by David Jones OQ and one of our Governors the Foundation was set up to assist in building charitable funds which can assist individuals in various ways sometimes via a fee remission or assisting with paying for school trips or other outings which they may be precluded from.

In recent years the Foundation has agreed to match fund various projects and critically in the pandemic set up a special Wesley Fund to assist a number of pupils when there was financial distress within their family and we were as a result able to assist over 40 families.

Supporting children around the world

In the 1930s there was one particular young man that arrived at the School called Kluas Gross. He was one of nine children from what was known as the Kindertransport.

Kindertransport was the name given to the mission which took thousands of children to safety ahead of World War Two. It is believed to have helped up to 10,000 mainly Jewish children escape from Germany.

The first Kindertransport train was organised and masterminded by a Nurse called Florence Nankivell. The children left by train from Berlin on 1st December 1938 and a number of them came to Queens College. Klaus never told anyone of his experiences on leaving Germany and neither his wife nor his children knew he had been sent to England or been educated at Queen's until after his death. 

It was his granddaughter that discovered papers which revealed his background and she decided to base her MA thesis on his story and with the help of our School Historian Geoff Bisson a fuller picture of his experiences was built up. One picture she had was of Klaus with his wife, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and it was immediately evident that Klaus was wearing his Old Queenian tie.

Klaus was also fortunate that the then Headmaster, Mr Wiseman, spoke German and that the other boys in his predicament were at the school at the same time as it made it easier for him to settle here and to thrive. Although, sadly it was while he was at Queens that Mr Wiseman had to tell Klaus his parents had perished in Auschwitz.

The Kindertransport certainly saved his life and Queens played its part in protecting and educating him for his future life which proved to be extremely fulfilling.

In recent years, Queen's have helped refugees from Syria who have again been welcomed into our community and have thrived within our school. It is part of the schools DNA and it was at its very heart its Methodist tradition that was as important then as it is today.

This September we will therefore be welcoming some students from the Ukraine of which the majority will be living locally and will be able to play their own part in joining and building our community. 

The work of the Foundation can only be made possible by donations and fundraising. Please take a look at our fundraising options to find out how you can donate to the Foundation and specific projects.

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