Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it?

It’s a 30-hour event, starting at 10am on Wednesday 3 February and finishing on Thursday 4 February at 4PM.

What is the Abingdon School Giving Day for?

To raise funds to double the number of bursaries and to enable boys who are unable to afford the fees to come to Abingdon School.

What are bursaries?

We are able to help families who cannot afford to pay full fees to fund places at Abingdon for their sons. We do this by offering financial help with fees known as a ‘bursary’. The bursaries are ‘means-tested’ so that the amount of help with fees that we provide depends on each family’s individual financial circumstances. The discount on the cost of day fees can be as much as 100%. We currently have 58 families who receive help with the cost of fees. The amount of a bursary is not influenced by the academic ability of the pupil (although he must meet the School’s academic standards) but rather by the extent of financial need. Bursaries are awarded to pupils who are likely to gain most from an Abingdon education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School.

Why give on the day?

Your gift will be doubled for this one day only. In addition, your gift as a parent or Old Abingdonian will help to contribute to challenges that release even more funds.

What else can I do?

Tell your friends, peers and Abingdon network about our Giving Day using social media, email, phone and in person #150AbingdonGivingDay


If you are happy to regularly share news and updates on Giving Day, why not become a Giving Day Ambassador. We’ll give you the messages and content and let you know when to send them… so all you need to do is hit send. Interested? Contact

How to get in touch

Want to contribute? Have questions? Call us on 01235 849107/117 or email

Gift aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, the Abingdon School Foundation can claim your tax back so for every £100 you gift, we can claim an additional £25 at no cost to you.* However you choose to donate, please Gift Aid it.

If you’re a higher-rate taxpayer, you can also claim back the difference between higher rate (40%) and basic rate tax (20%) on the value of your gross donation (ie the amount you donate plus the Gift Aid).**

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code. Please contact the Development Office for more information.

Why is my payment not going through?

Common errors that prevent gifts from being processed correctly are:

  • Incorrect card details
  • Postcode is incorrect or doesn’t match the address linked to your card
Please double-check the above. Please check that you have included your postcode in both the address field and the card details field of the gift form. If there is still a problem you may have to contact your card provider and inform them that the payment is valid. If you continue to have trouble, you could try our other donation form here. For any queries, please contact us on 01235 849107/117 or email

What are my options if I don't want to give online?

We have given two options for those that don't want to give online below. We ask that you either email us on or call us on 01235 849107 to let us know that you are donating so we can add your contribution to the event totals.

1. Please make cheques payable to 'Abingdon School Foundation' and post to: Development Office, Abingdon School, Park Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1DE.

2. If you would like to make a donation by bank transfer, please contact to obtain the relevant details.