Governors’ Building Fund

Posted 22 March 2016

Governors’ Building Fund

Most parents decide to send their children to a Catholic school because they know that their child will be educated in a Catholic environment and because they know that the school will provide an excellent education.

The quality of Catholic schools (and other foundation schools) has also been recognised by the Government and they have granted many of them ‘voluntary aided’ status. What this means is that although the schools are in the state system, we can retain our traditions and organise the school on the basis of the teachings of the Church. But, in return, we are required by law to raise 10% of the cost of maintaining and developing the school buildings and playgrounds.

So, as a voluntary aided school, if we need to improve the school, undertake basic repairs or add additional facilities, we need to find 10% of the cost ourselves. There is no choice in the matter. If the money is not raised, the work cannot be undertaken. The Governors therefore have to turn to the families at the school for donations to the Governors’ Building Fund so that we can continue to provide the best possible teaching and learning environment. We are very grateful to all the generous families who support the school through regular contributions.

Contributions to the fund can be made by standing order and a mandate is available for download below. If you would like to contribute in this manner please complete the form and forward it to the School Office.

Gift Aid

Any parents who contribute to the fund can now do so under the Gift Aid Scheme. Under this scheme the school can reclaim from the HM Customs and Revenue the basic tax you have already paid on your contribution. This increases the value of your contribution at no cost to you - for each £100 that we receive, the school claims back an additional £25! And if you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim relief on the difference between the basic rate and the higher rate of tax. The other requirements of the scheme are detailed on the ‘Gift Aid Declaration form’ and leaflet below and further information is available here. If you want to “gift aid’ your contribution please fill in and sign the declaration form below and return it to the School office.