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The Rutlish Foundation is a Charity that took its current form in 1994 when the funds arising originally from the will of William Rutlish and more recent charities to assist current and former students at Rutlish School were consolidated. It was money from the forerunner charity that was used to found Rutlish School.
Having taken legal advice, the trustees are planning to establish a corporate trustee. This will be a not-for-profit company that will take the place of the current trustees, who will become directors of the company. This change will modernise the structure, ensure that the trustees are protected from personal liability and be more convenient for holding the Foundation’s property. The charitable purposes of the Foundation and its charity registration will not change.
The company must be appointed as corporate trustee by the Charity Commission. As part of the application to the Commission the Foundation must confirm that relevant parties have been informed of the proposed change so this is to make people aware of this.
Under the Foundation’s current governing document the Old Rutlishians’ Association, the Rutlish School Governors, Head and Teaching Staff and Parents Association each appoint three trustees of the Foundation and a further three are co-opted. In future, the provisions relating to the appointments will be set out in the articles of association of the company and the Trustees of the Foundation will be the directors of the company. However, the rights to appoint three board members of the Foundation will be unchanged when the company becomes the corporate trustee.
The Foundation provides financial support to the School for things the Governors cannot afford from the School budgets and provides grants to students in higher education who were born or live within the boundaries of the ancient Parish of Merton (about a quarter or the London Borough of Merton i.e. the bit that was Merton as against Morden, Wimbledon or Mitcham) or those who have been students of Rutlish School for at least 3 years. Applications for academic year 2020/21 will be available from July 2020. The deadline for receipt of applications is in November. The Foundation also appoints 4 Governors of Rutlish School and is the reason it is a Voluntary Controlled School.
If you have any concerns about the new structure or would like further information on this or the student grants, please contact the Clerk to the Trustees, Graham Mills on firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can also follow the Foundation on Twitter @RutlishFound
For more information, a copy of the application and current grant regulations please visit the Rutlish Foundation website
“Rutlish School – The First Hundred Years”, the book by Colin Brock is available from the Foundation price £10.