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Replenish the well and secure your future

State primaries and secondaries should follow the independent sector’s lead by cultivating donations from alumni to boost their coffers, says David James

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The phrase “old school tie” is often used pejoratively to describe the informal network of influence that independent schools maintain to promote their interests. But there is another side to this sector’s ability to cultivate extended communities of old boys and girls that is increasingly playing an active role in school development: fundraising.

You would think that families who are willing to pay in the region of £35,000 a year to send their children to school would breathe a huge sigh of relief when the final cheque has been written. But many former parents and students are happy to ...

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