The Spinney Memorial Trust

The Spinney Memorial Trust, a registered charity, was established in 1990 by a group of Old Clayesmorians in memory of David Spinney, a much-loved history teacher and Clayesmore Housemaster. Its principal object is to provide bursaries and grants for the educational benefit of Clayesmore’s pupils and it is funded by Old Clayesmorians.

The Trust seeks to support individual pupils in a way that enables them to do things that, without the Trust’s financial support, they may not be able to do. In recent years, the Trust has been able to support a widening range of projects and activities with grants of up to £1,000 for each pupil applying for a grant. The Trust has provided grants to over 90 Clayesmorians to date, with a total value of just over £48,000.


The grants have helped to fund a wide range of projects including courses for music, drama, languages, various sports, UN Leadership conferences, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, design projects, sculptures and even a course for aspiring jockeys!

The Trust relies entirely on the generosity of OCs for its fund. We believe that by supporting the individual needs of Clayesmore’s pupils in the way we do, we foster a spirit of individualism and self-reliance and help to keep alive the distinctive nature of Clayesmore’s education.

If you would like to support the Spinney Memorial Trust, please contact the Sarah Kerr in the Development Office or donate online below.

01747 813177

Trip to China with the National Youth Choir

Former pupil Lauren travelled to China with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, on a trip partly funded by the Spinney Memorial Trust.

“Our tour to China and Hong Kong was an unforgettable adventure, and I have benefitted so much from my experiences, both musically and as a result of opening my eyes to a completely different culture. It has fuelled me with confidence and inspired me to work hard studying music at university this coming year. Working with the National Youth Choir teaches me extraordinary life skills, such as professionalism, team work, and the importance of commitment, and I cannot thank the Spinney Trust enough for all their support that enabled me to make the most of this experience.”

Support Team GB’s Olympic Trap Shooting Squad Member

The support the Spinney Trust has given me has been invaluable and I would like to start off by saying thank you to you all.  The world cup in Tuscon, Arizona, my first, was truly amazing, and I made the final, which is rarely heard of at my age. I also became the first British junior woman for ten years to make a senior ladies final at a world cup, which was an amazing moment in my shooting journey. With your support, I am paving the way for young women in my sport and you gave me the boost to really show my strength on the world stage. The Spinney Trust has also enabled me to keep hold of my seven British records and my one team world record.” Augusta Campos-Martyn 

Tall Ships Race participation

Current pupil Archie was offered a place on the 2018 Tallships race from Sunderland to Esbjerg in Denmark.

The race would count as the residential element of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award but costs were expensive.

“Sailing on board ‘Maybe’ in the Tall Ships Race 2018 has been perhaps the most enhancing experience of my life.  I am so grateful for this adventure, as it has changed me for the better and I will never forget it.”


Gliding Qualification

Former pupil Andrew Callaghan received support from the Spinney Memorial Trust, allowing him to undertake a 5-day intensive gliding course at Lasham Gliding Society.

It was an invaluable and very memorable experience and the quality of tuition was phenomenal.  I really cannot thank you all enough for your generosity.”