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Set up in 2001, the Development Office at Godolphin & Latymer School aims to create a warm, welcoming and active community for the benefit of the School, bursaries and local charities.

We host and support various events and activities including, the annual Gala and Auction, Primary School Partnership programme, the Lecture series, the Christmas Bazaar, the girls' Raising and Giving Team (RaG), volunteering in the community and the Elderly Tea Party. We have an active alumnae relations team and an engaged Old Dolphins Association (ODA) which ensures the girls' education and network continues beyond G&L.

Highlights

Gala Dinner and Auction

On Friday 6 October 2017, the Development Department were proud to open the doors to this year’s Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. Guests were taken on a journey ‘Around the World’ starting with beautiful Latin music at the champagne and canape reception followed by a sumptuous meal with lots of entertainment. The highlight of the evening was, of course, the fabulous auctioneer – our very own Julia Hodgkins! With a gavel in-hand, the evening of live auction prizes was extremely well received, with lots of generous donors and fun bidding wars. The evening altogether made over £76,000 which will go directly towards our Bursary Fund.

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar is a fun, family-friendly fundraising event which, since it started in 1913, has been popular with the Hammersmith community. A family-friendly day out for all with Christmas gifts, external stall holders, Santa's grotto, stalls by the girls, Christmas decorations, games, second hand toys and books, delicious food and much, much more. All profits go to charities and local causes, as well as the G&L Bursary Fund.

Public Lecture Series

The Public Lecture Series, which started in 1994, brings inspiring speakers to Godolphin & Latymer and raises money for our Bursary Fund.

It was fantastic to host Daisy Goodwin, writer and television producer, and Anna Wilson Jones (Lady Portman in Victoria) at Godolphin and Latymer towards the end of 2017.

The funny and entertaining talk brought Queen Victoria to life and captivated the packed-out audience in the Bishops Centre, and gave us an insight into Daisy’s most recent 8 part screenplay, Victoria.

Thank you to everyone who attended and raised money for the Bursary Fund.

Books Unbound Literary Festival

In June 2016 G & L hosted its first literary festival - Books Unbound. Authors from across the genres, including Old Dolphins, parents and some of our current staff, joined us to celebrate the written word. As part of the festival Barry Loser author, Jim Smith, delivered a free session for children about how to draw cartoons.

Gala Dinner and Auction

On Friday 6 October 2017, the Development Department were proud to open the doors to this year’s Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. Guests were taken on a journey ‘Around the World’ starting with beautiful Latin music at the champagne and canape reception followed by a sumptuous meal with lots of entertainment. The highlight of the evening was, of course, the fabulous auctioneer – our very own Julia Hodgkins! With a gavel in-hand, the evening of live auction prizes was extremely well received, with lots of generous donors and fun bidding wars. The evening altogether made over £76,000 which will go directly towards our Bursary Fund.

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar is a fun, family-friendly fundraising event which, since it started in 1913, has been popular with the Hammersmith community. A family-friendly day out for all with Christmas gifts, external stall holders, Santa's grotto, stalls by the girls, Christmas decorations, games, second hand toys and books, delicious food and much, much more. All profits go to charities and local causes, as well as the G&L Bursary Fund.

Public Lecture Series

The Public Lecture Series, which started in 1994, brings inspiring speakers to Godolphin & Latymer and raises money for our Bursary Fund.

It was fantastic to host Daisy Goodwin, writer and television producer, and Anna Wilson Jones (Lady Portman in Victoria) at Godolphin and Latymer towards the end of 2017.

The funny and entertaining talk brought Queen Victoria to life and captivated the packed-out audience in the Bishops Centre, and gave us an insight into Daisy’s most recent 8 part screenplay, Victoria.

Thank you to everyone who attended and raised money for the Bursary Fund.

Books Unbound Literary Festival

In June 2016 G & L hosted its first literary festival - Books Unbound. Authors from across the genres, including Old Dolphins, parents and some of our current staff, joined us to celebrate the written word. As part of the festival Barry Loser author, Jim Smith, delivered a free session for children about how to draw cartoons.

Past Campaigns

1905
Godolphin & Latymer founded
The Godolphin boys school which started in 1852 is closed and re-opened as a girls' day school. G & L moved to the Iffley Road site one year later.
1910
Old Dolphins Association formed
Head Mistress Miss Clement reported that the ODA was 'strong and lusty' in 1916 with over 200 members who met regularly, enjoyed a weekly OD gym class, lectures and playing school teams at hockey
1913
Christmas Bazaar raises money for a school organ
This fundraiser offered "attractive and inexpensive Christmas presents" for sale. Numerous entrainments and sideshows." £377 was raised for the organ which was unveiled at the prize giving in October 1914
1931
Franc Ha Leal Fund started
This fund helped current and former Dolphins who were in financial hardship. The annual school Fete each July was a major source of income along with small envelopes tucked in school reports inviting contributions.
1950
Gymnasium re-opened after wartime bomb damage
Head Mistress Dame Joyce Bishop led a campaign amongst parents, Old Dolphins and friends of the School to raise the £4,100 needed to re-build the gym which had been partially destroyed by a bomb ten years earlier.
1955
School Jubilee celebrated
A commemorative book is published to mark the occasion and Old Dolphins attending the events donate to the Jubilee Fund for new staging and curtains for the Hall and furnishings for a rebuilt staffroom
1977
Bursary Fund launched
Godolphin & Latymer becomes a fully independent school to preserve the academic standards. The Bursary Fund was established to ensure that bright girls whatever their financial circumstance can attend
1991
Art, Science and Technology block opened
Half a million pounds were raised to construct the new three storey building through a series of events organised by Old Dolphins staff and the PTA. An auction of promises attracts generous bids for the Head Mistress to clean a car. The Rt Hon Chris Patten performs the opening.
2004
Annual Fund launched
The Annual Fund ensures that the gifts from regular donors are diverted to areas of most immediate need which will benefit the maximum number of pupils. The inaugural Annual Fund project was floodlighting for the sports fields
2005
2006
Building the Future campaign begins and the Margaret Gray Building opens
£2.5m is raised from the current and past school communities for the next 3 years of developments. The conversion of the former vicarage allows for the extra classroom space and staff offices which are needed to accommodate the introduction of the IB programme and to keep class sizes small.
2008
The Rudland Music School opens
The music department expands their curricular and extracurricular offerings with state of the art facilities including a recording studio and a music technology centre. There is also a music library, 18 practice rooms and a rehearsal space for a full orchestra
2009
Bishop Centre opens
The former St John the Evangelist church, a Grade 2 listed building, is tastefully converted to create a flexible space for large scale events and performances. A highly versatile lighting rig, acoustic blinds and movable floor space means that concerts and dance or drama performances of practically any configuration are possible
2015
Hampton Sport & Fitness Centre opens
A successful 3 year £4m capital campaign ends with the opening of the new facilities including a dance studio, climbing wall, multi-sport hall and fitness suite. Godolphin girls can enjoy an even greater range of sports as can the local Primary School pupils who visit weekly
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Who's Who

Julia Hodgkins

Director of Development

Julia is our Development Director, she runs the Development Department and coordinates all of the activities for parents, old dolphins and the girls and our fundraising programme. The Development Department is involved in fundraising for the Bursary Fund and Capital Projects within the school; we also offer many opportunities for parents to get involved with the life of the school. Julia also maintains links with our local primary schools, raising funds and also opportunities to use our facilities. She jointly coordinates charitable giving within the school working with Kirsty and the RaG Team which is made up of Sixth Formers.

Email Julia

Jenny Hanley

Development Department Administrator

Jenny manages our supporter database, helps run our events and is on-hand to assist the team with any administrative tasks. Email Jenny

Kirsty Murdoch

Development and Events Officer

Kirsty is our key fundraising events organiser and supports Julia on opportunities for parents to be involved within the school community. She is also joint coordinator for the school’s Raising and Giving Team. Email Kirsty

Rebecca Thomas

Alumnae Relations Officer

Rebecca works with the Old Dolphins’ Association to provide alumnae with opportunities to stay connected with their classmates and the wider school community, including Old Dolphins’ Day, year group and regional reunions, networking events and careers panels. She also is responsible for publishing the annual alumnae magazine, Dolphin Link. Email Rebecca

Contact Us

Address:
Development Office
The Godolphin and Latymer School
Iffley Road, Hammersmith
London, W6 0PG

Telephone:
020 8735 9550

E-mail:
development@godolphinandlatymer.com

The Godolphin and Latymer School
Iffley Road, Hammersmith
London, W6 0PG

020 8741 1936

office@godolphinandlatymer.com

The Charity called The Godolphin and Latymer School (charity registration number 312699) is administered by The Godolphin and Latymer School Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee (Company number 3598439)