Leave a lasting impact

Leaving a legacy to City of London School will impact the whole school community.

Almost 600 years ago, John Carpenter's bequest led to the foundation of our School. He wanted his legacy to provide broader access to an education that challenged conceived norms and celebrated diverse perspectives. This tradition continues today through our commitment to providing transformational bursaries to young people across London. We continue to fulfil John Carpenter’s ambition with the support of Old Citizens who support the Bursary Appeal with a gift in their will.

Did you know that City of London School has a charitable foundation?

We understand that family and loved ones come first but leaving a gift in your will to a charity may reduce the inheritance tax due on your estate with little impact to your family. The City of London School Charitable Trust is a registered charity, therefore legacy gifts are exempt from Inheritance Tax (Charity Number 1020824).

To find out more about the lasting impact of your gift, you can ready the latest copy of our Impact Report here.

Recognising your support

Named after John Carpenter’s bequest in 1442, the 1442 Society was established to recognise Old Citizens who have informed the School of their plans to leave a legacy.

As a member of the 1442 Society you will receive:

  • Regular communications and invitations to exclusive School events, including a special event for 1442 Society members
  • A commemorative lapel pin
  • Special recognition in the School's annual impact report as a 1442 Society member

If you have already remembered CLS in your will, we want to be able to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ and welcome you to the 1442 Society.

Please contact Jess Bishop, Philanthropy Manager, to let us know of your intentions, or if you have any questions via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 3680 6313.

Please note that the information on these pages does not constitute legal or tax advice. Should you decide to include City of London School Charitable Trust in your will, we recommend that you speak with your solicitor or will writer for legal and tax information.

It was an absolute no-brainer that I should remember CLS as part of my will. Without my education, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I really hope my pledge can pay it forward to future generations.

Kien Tan (Class of 1992)

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