Whilst the fund is entirely voluntary, we all appreciate the continued generosity and investment in the school year after year – we simply couldn’t develop without it.
In 2017, we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £72 (£24 a term, this is £1.80 a week for each week a child is at school.
Some parents cannot afford this and offer less whilst others often contribute much more. We are grateful for all contributions. In September 2017, we built a new kitchen on the Grove site which has enabled us to cook food on site every day.
All church schools are required to manage their own maintenance fund
An annual contribution is made by parents for each child at the school
It ensures we create and maintain the best school infrastructure possible – for our pupils today and for those of successive generations
The fund is used by the Governing Body to cover external and internal refurbishment and maintenance work to the school which can include:
- building developments - we own and manage our own land and buildings - we are not local authority school
- contributions to any capital expenditure over £2000
- insurance and security
- discretionary items such as pupil hardship, facilities, staff retention, or enrichment activities - especially for vulnerable pupils
Is it a New Thing?
No, all church schools have had to operate maintenance funds for decades and there are parts of our school which have been beautifully built or extended by successive generations of parental contributions. For example, the classrooms in the year 3 tower of the Broadway, and the rebuilding work at the Grove Site ten years ago.
Why Do We Need It?
Unlike Local Authority controlled schools, all Church of England schools, are required to contribute 10% towards the cost of any refurbishment or building works over £2000
The new nursery on the Grove site
The new building on the Broadway Site
The new playgrounds in both sites
It is an essential fund which the governors use to support the leadership of the school in realizing their vision for educational excellence