Building Fund

Diocesan Schools Building Fund

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

A letter from our Chair of Governors Letter from Chair of Governors October 2018

Our School Building Fund

As a Catholic primary school we belong to the wider Portsmouth Diocesan family of schools and parishes.  Being a Christian community we have a duty to support each other and to share our resources where we can.

In order to help with the rising costs of maintaining and improving all the school buildings throughout the diocese, a scheme was started and all schools and parishes were asked to contribute to a central buildings fund.

Schools and parishes are required to send an amount to the Diocesan Schools Building Fund each term based on the number of pupils in the school regardless of whether they are Catholic or not.  When a school carries out any major building work that has been approved by the Diocese then it can make a claim against the fund to help meet its statutory obligation of 10% of the costs.  Depending on the amount of work needing to be carried out, some years we may claim more than we contribute, other years less.

 

Funds previously donated to the School Building Fund have helped us to:

– provide shelters to enhance outdoor learning;

– improve the learning environment of our youngest children;

– redecorate all rooms in our school;

– double glaze all our windows and doors;

– mend our roofing, have new soffits and fascias and replace all skylights;

– carry out vital repairs throughout the school.

 

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How you can help

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. It is hoped that everyone will be able to contribute something. Please ask at the school office for a leaflet if you would like to contribute.

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 ParentMail +Pay, cheque, bank transfer or cash, whichever suits you best. 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. Thank you in anticipation for your support.

Brigid Hincks (Chair of Governors)