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Donations and Fundraising

As with all schools, The Lea Primary School & Nursery is facing unprecedented government funding cuts and we are concerned about the effects of these funding pressures on the quality of education provided to your children. The school has – so far – managed impressive levels of efficiency, with cost savings being made where they are least likely to have a damaging impact. However, given the current trajectory, further cuts will be necessary.

The total available money to spend on learning resources is only about £200 per child per year. When you consider that stationery and exercise books cost approx. £30 per child per year, subscriptions to learning resources cost £40 per child per year, and photocopying and printing costs cost around £25 per child per year, there really isn’t a great deal left for the ‘nice to haves’.

The Lea School Association is a registered charity (no. 1023309) and its aim is to raise funds for the school. These funds cannot cover teachers’ salaries or other operational expenses, but they can cover capital expenditure such as new computers as well as those ‘nice to haves’ which are vital for the broader learning experience of your child. Donations are entirely voluntary and confidential. The website gives you the opportunity to choose which funds you would like to donate to. Any amount, however small or large, is very much appreciated.

Ways to donate

Online Donations – One-off or regular monthly payments can be made easily and securely online using card or PayPal via Virgin Money Giving.

Remember: if you are a UK tax payer, your donation will be more valuable to the school if you agree to gift aid. This adds an extra 25% to your donation at no additional cost to you. Please tick the relevant box on Virgin Money Giving.

Give As You Earn (GAYE) / Payroll Giving – If you would like to make a donation directly from your salary, please contact your employer to find out whether they operate a payroll giving scheme. Our details are: The Lea School Association, charity no. 1023309.

Employers Charitable Giving Policy – Many large companies will match fund charitable donations from employees. Please check your company website.

Cheque Donations – Please make it payable to “Lea School Association” and leave it in an envelope at the school office for the attention of the PTA Treasurer.

EasyFundraising – Turn your online shopping into donations for the school – by logging onto their website before you shop. Go to to register.

If you have any queries, please contact the School Business Manager at or the PTA Treasurer at