Support us

Why your support matters

Our work in helping some of Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged primary pupils is more vital than ever. To support the work we do, simply click here. All donations, no matter how big or small, will help us in our quest to improve the life chances of thousands of children.

At Quest for Learning we firmly believe that education expands our horizons, fires our imagination, and gives us pleasure and opportunity in life. But not all children flourish at school and unfortunately our programmes remain as relevant, in demand and impactful as they did 29 years ago when we were founded.

We are always grateful for any donation, however small.

If you have any questions or would like to support us in some other way, please contact our fundraiser Annabelle via

Two ways to donate for free!

Easy Fundraising offers another excellent way to provide donations to us through online purchases made from a wide variety of retailers, including John Lewis, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose,, Ebay, M&S, Argos and around 4,000 others. The amount of the donation varies with the retailer.  Simply register with Easy Fundraising, choose Quest for Learning as the charity, and when shopping online, go into your chosen retailer website via  Easy Fundraising.

Give as you Live will also give us a donation every time you use it to shop online! Again, a wide variety of retailers participate (around 4,300 including Amazon), so there is overlap with Easy Fundraising and Amazon Smile – just choose whichever scheme suits you. Sign up by creating an account on our Give as you Live charity homepage. Once you have an account, whenever shopping online you just need to remember to start at your Give as you Live portal, and go in to your chosen retailer from there.

Support us

As an individual

We are always grateful for any donation, however small.

If you would like to set up a direct debit to donate on a monthly basis or would like to support us in some other way, please drop us a line at:

As a business

Are you a local business who is interested in making a real difference to your community? We’d love to hear from you!

Over the past twenty years, we have worked with a number of local businesses who have generously donated time and in-kind support through schemes such as Red Thread and Nexus.

We have also been supported financially by companies including Invesco, the Oak Investment Partnership, Arnold Clark, Usborne Publishing, and Waitrose

You may be able to fundraise for us for a year or offer match-funding for our own efforts. Alternatively, you may be looking for volunteer opportunities for your staff. Do drop us a line at

Trusts and Foundations

Much of our work is supported by grants and donations from charitable trusts and foundations who share our commitment to improving life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in Oxfordshire.

If you manage, or know of a fund to which we could apply, please do get in touch at

For more information about the size and structure of Quest for Learning, click here.

We would like to thank all the donors – individual, corporate and charitable – whose generosity ensures we can continue to help children reach their full potential.

In the past year, we have been supported by: 

Abingdon Lions

All Souls College, Oxford

Angus Lawson Memorial Trust

Christ Church College, Oxford

DCR Allen Charitable Trust

Doris Field Charitable Trust

Edgar E Lawley Foundation


Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust

Lifelines International

Makers of Playing Cards Charity

Masonic Charitable Trust

Mr and Mrs J.A. Pye’s Charitable Settlement

P F Charitable Trust

St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities


The Christopher Laing Foundation

The Pharsalia Charitable Trust

The Souldern Trust

The Stanton Ballard Charitable Trust

University of Oxford

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants


Our charity

We aim to support primary-age children with literacy and maths, helping to close the attainment gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers, improving academic achievement and overall life chances. We deliver our interventions in primary schools in Oxfordshire which either self-select or are identified through research.

In addition to a small income generated from the training programme, the charity is primarily funded by grants from charitable trusts and foundations. We also work in partnership with housing associations to deliver teaching and training in specific areas of the county. Some of our schools self-fund the interventions.  

We currently rent an office within Thameside Primary School in Abingdon.

Quest for Learning, Thameside Primary School, Cotman Close, Abingdon, OX14 5NL

  • Quest for Learning is managed by a full-time Executive Director and five part-time executive staff.
  • We employ tutors on fixed term contracts, according to demand.
  • The charity is overseen by a board of trustees, currently numbering six.
  • We have one regular volunteer and others who help the charity on an ad-hoc basis.
  • We employ freelance training consultants to run our training courses.

The latest accounts can be seen here.


Quest for Learning is a charity registered with the Charity Commission. For more details, click here. 

Charity number: 1107219

Registered Company Number: 5273829

Quest for Learning is a member of the Fair Education Alliance (FEA).

We are an approved tutition partner for the National Tutoring Programme (NTP).

We are a member of Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA).


Pupils achieved up to 41 months progress in reading accuracy after just 15 hours.


Pupils achieved up to 58 months progress in reading comprehension after just 15 hours.


95% teachers expected pupils to achieve better assessment results as a result of our Maths programme.