St Catherine’s children benefit from former generations of Catholics, whose contributions have been used to achieve many of the facilities that your children enjoy today. St Catherine’s, unlike many schools, has a Voluntary Aided status which means that the School owns the school buildings (this is unlike other local schools such as Danegrove and Underhill). As a result of this status, we (the school community) have to contribute 10% to any building work and maintenance; we are not helped in this by the Local Authority, Government or the church; we simply rely on the generosity of our parents.
Over the past few years we have been fortunate to be able to access funding to do the following:
- Carry out urgent repairs to the roof, which is now completely watertight.
- Significantly improve the learning environment for the nursery children with replacement windows, a new canopy and play equipment in the outdoor play area.
- Replace the windows in the hall
- Fit a new disability lift to ensure access for all.
- Improving the children’s toilets in the dining room
Access to the funding required to facilitate these works relies on your generosity and contributions to the fund.
Parents are asked to consider making a regular donation to help this important development of the School campus.
We ask each family, to set up a Standing Order (see below for a link to the form) with a suggested monthly contribution of £15 per child. We understand that not all families can afford this and others can afford more – we currently have contributions ranging from £5 to £60 monthly. We would ask each family to be as generous as possible but to give something on a regular basis as we rely on your support.
If you are unable to commit to a standing order and would prefer to make a one off donation, please hand in or post your contribution, clearly marked, to the school office. If you are enclosing a cheque, please write your child’s name and class on the back of the cheque. Cheques should be made payable to: St. Catherine’s School.
Gift Aid Scheme
If you are a UK taxpayer, The Gift Aid Scheme allows us to claim back from HMRC an extra 25p for every £1 donated. It will not cost you any extra. This means that if you give £15, using Gift Aid it’s worth £18.75 to us at no extra cost to you. This applies to cash, cheque and standing orders. Details of the scheme are available at www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/giving/gift-aid.htm.
You can also download these forms from the Governors section of the school website.
Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.