The School Maintenance Fund
As All Saints is a Voluntary Aided school, parents are asked to make an annual voluntary contribution to support the maintenance of the school. This fund is held by the Governors in an account called The School Maintenance Fund.
This fund is entirely separate from the main school budget allocated by the Local Authority (LA) to the school under a formula based on the number of pupils in the school. We receive about £4500 per year per pupil from the LA which helps to cover the running costs of the school. However, due to the relatively wealthy demographics of some of our families we are one of the lowest funded schools in the borough and this is why your contribution to the School Maintenance Fund is vital to the school.
In the 2017/18 school year we raised over £12,700 with just under 33% of families contributing to the fund. We are extremely grateful for the contributions and are fully aware that many parents donate to the school in different ways including being very active in FASS and fund raising.
Why do we have the School Maintenance Fund?
- Unlike Local Authority state schools, voluntary aided schools are required to contribute 10% towards the cost of any refurbishment or building works. To cover this our Governors via the School Maintenance Fund pay an fixed annual sum per pupil out of this Fund, rather like an insurance premium, into a scheme run by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) in which funds accumulate for capital expenditure, maintenance and minor improvements.
- Under the scheme the LDBS also undertakes many supportive tasks such as meeting the cost of nsultants and administering building contracts. Any planned large capital expenditure is bid for and the success of the bid will be determined by the urgency of the need and the demands of other schools also bidding for that money.
- The School Maintenance Fund also pays for buildings insurance and for core services from the LDBS such as Governor training.
Once the above commitments are covered (about £13k pa), the fund is then able to be used to improve the learning environment for your children.
Whilst the fund is voluntary the governors cannot stress its importance strongly enough and we thank you for your continued generosity and investment in the school.
What has it funded?
In 2015/16 we were able to completely upgrade the ICT suite, installing new PCs to support the computing curriculum. In addition, the Maintenance Fund used its remaining funds to pay for new cabling to bring the IT infrastructure up to a minimum standard necessary to meet the increasing IT needs of the school. This project cost £23,000 and we were allowed to pay over two years and second tranch of this was paid in July 2017. This work was urgently required and has improved our IT facility immensely. In 2021 we have invested in a new digital system for signing into the school, ensuring the safeguarding of pupils and peace of mind by knowing who is on-site at any given time. This will be invaluable to us with regard to fire evacuation roll call, health features and visitor management.
How to contribute to the Maintenance Fund
We have received generous donations in the past to help us and hope you will be able to give what you can. Although we suggest payments of £70 per child per year, we must stress we ask you to only pay what you can afford, and if you can pay more, extra donations are greatly appreciated.
In an effort to suit all parents’ requirements, we have a number of ways of paying:
- Standing Order: You can pay £70 by standing order, at the beginning of each school year (September) or £17.50 each quarter
- Cheque: You can pay an annual instalment by writing a cheque for £70 (please make this payable to ‘All Saints CE Primary School’ and print the name of your child on the back of the cheque). Please hand this to the school office.
- Alternatively, you can pay by cash in a marked envelope, ‘Maintenance Fund” please print the name of your child and hand this to the school office.
- Direct Debit: You can pay £6 per month by direct debit straight into the account. The bank details are as follows:
|Account:||All Saints C of E Primary School|
Please also download, complete and hand into the school office the following form which will enable us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, which means that if you are a taxpayer, the school can claim an additional 25% (or £20 on £100 donation) back from the government. Click on Gift Aid Form.
Cash or cheque payments are also gratefully received and should be delivered to the school office addressed to ‘All Saints C of E Primary School'
All contributions are voluntary and totally confidential. The Governors, Staff and Children are very grateful to you for your support.
Thank you for supporting our school!