Building Fund


Diocesan Schools Building Fund

This page provides information on the Schools Building Fund Scheme, which operates in the Diocese of Portsmouth.

History of the Diocesan Schools Building Fund

St. Joseph’s is a Voluntary Aided School and as such – in common with all other Denominational and Foundation Schools – we are obliged to pay for 10% of building and repair costs.  In the past, this money was paid by the parishes and at times this proved a heavy burden on some of them.  In the case of some secondary schools, it also caused an administrative nightmare when they had to apply to several parishes for a levy before going ahead with any building work.  In many cases, grant aid was lost because schools could not raise their share of the costs.

Following consultation in 1999, the Diocese devised a scheme which would allow schools to deal direct with the Portsmouth office.  The Diocesan Schools Building Fund (DSBF) was introduced in September 2000 in order to provide the contribution needed towards building and repair projects at our Voluntary Aided Schools. 50% of the Fund is provided by parishes regardless of whether or not they have access to a Catholic school; 50% of the Fund is provided by schools from donations from the parents of the children attending the school.

How St Joseph’s has benefitted from the Building Fund

St Joseph’s School has benefitted from an extensive programme of repair and refurbishment over the past few years with more work to follow.

Recent works include:

– refurbishment of the Ducklings’ classroom including an outside canopy;

– the provision of a new outdoor classroom for use by all classes;

– replacement windows, soffits and fascias and skylights;

– essential repairs to the roof.

– electrical rewire of the whole school (to be concluded Summer 2016)

Voluntary Requests to the Building Fund

Parents of pupils attending our schools are requested to make a voluntary contribution of £10 per pupil per term (£30 per year) into the Building Fund as a contribution towards the 50% of the Fund which is provided by the schools in the Diocese.

We realise however, that this may prove a burden on some families, especially if they have a number of children in schools in the Diocese.  In such cases, we request that a voluntary contribution according to your means be made.

Payment can be made by cheque or standing order – please contact the school for details.  In addition, we ask parents who are tax payers to sign the “Gift Aid” form which enables us to reclaim from the Inland Revenue the tax you have already paid on your donation.

Brigid Hincks (Chair of Governors)