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The Richard Durban Trust

Since 1729 Richard Durban’s Charity has supported the education of young people in Yatton, Claverham, and Kingston Seymour. Richard Durban, who was a member of the Society of Friends (the Quakers), left a legacy to support the education of local children and local young people.

Over the past centuries, the Durban Trust set up the first schools in Yatton, and continues to disperse grants to the young people of Yatton and the villages close to Yatton.

It is the Foundation Body of Yatton V.C. Infant School. When the new Infant School was built, the trustees sold the old Infants School building on the High Street to North Somerset; the income from the sale, together with an annual income with a small parcel of farm land at Kingston Seymour, has provided monies to be invested into charities investment schemes.

The trust’s annual income comes from any investment profits we receive from the charities investment scheme and the rent of the land at Kingston Seymour.

 In recent years we have provided an annual grant to Yatton schools to give a share of the grant to benefit the pupils of the schools.

The schools have invested the grant money towards focused projected works such as improving the kitchen classroom in the Infant School and the ICT suite in Junior School, purchasing extra iPads to both schools, smart screens into  the classes- all were planned improvement projects but enabled the schools to invest further than expected .

 Annually we disperse grants to young people, up to the age of twenty five years, going into Trade Training, Further Education and Higher Education.

The terms of the Trust document restricts the grants to those young people who have attended schools in Yatton or Claverham.