As a state school, our budget from the Surrey Local Authority is calculated on a ‘per pupil’ basis and, in inflation adjusted terms, has not risen commensurately with our costs for several years. Despite considerable efforts by the school’s staff to rigorously control costs while maintaining high standards of educational quality, costs have risen.
We are establishing a voluntary contribution fund to advance the education of pupils at West Ashtead Primary School by the provision of resources, equipment, teaching and facilities for education in addition to those provided out of public funds. The voluntary contributions are essential if our school is to maintain its current standards and provision. Our intention is that the fund has a specific focus, this year it is technology and specifically raising funds to upgrade our interactive boards.
Request - what are we asking of you?
Contributing to the fund is voluntary. We’re aware that many families already contribute generously to the school through supporting the Friends’ initiatives. This is an invaluable source of funding for us that has financed some fantastic additional resources for the pupils, such as iPads, our library, STEAM room and classroom resources. We also know that not all parents are able to attend and support the Friends’ events and may wish to support the School in other ways.
We are suggesting a donation of £50 annually per family. You may wish to contribute less or more, annually or monthly. Every contribution will go towards us being able to invest in additional technology to enhance our children's learning.
Registering for Gift Aid
We are able to claim Gift Aid back on any contributions made to the Technology Fund. You can register yourself for Gift Aid, by logging in to your Sco-Pay account through scopay.com. Seleect YOUR INFO, then GIFT AID. Tick the declaration box, ensure the address is correct and click CONFIRM. Should you no longer become eligible for Gift AId, you will need to untick the Gift Aid Declaration.
How to contribute
Contributions can be made through your Sco-Pay account. The checkout process allows you to personalise your payment amount. The Voluntary fund has been set up under “Products” and if you have registered for Gift Aid this will be claimed against this contribution.