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 purpose of this is not to alarm you but to fulfil our obligation to inform you of the pressures that the school is under. We would like to assure you that we will do all that we can to assist the school in finding ways to work within whatever budgets we have, to ensure that The Lea Primary School & Nursery is able to continue to offer an excellent primary school education to your child.
Whilst we do not think it is either right or possible to ask parents to replace essential government funding, a monetary contribution to the school would go a long way to helping the school continue to deliver activities and projects that enhance all our children’s education experience…
Make a Donation
Our PTA is called the Lea School Association. It 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 and building improvements, as well as those ‘nice to haves’ which are vital for the broader learning experience of your child.
Donations are entirely voluntary and confidential – nobody within the school team or the governing body will have any access to donor details. You can give money either for general use (which we will allocate to whatever is most needed at that time) or towards specific items you’d like to pay for (by specifying those details in the comments box during the donation process). 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. Under these schemes, donations are automatically deducted from an employee’s gross salary before tax is paid. If you are a higher rate tax payer this means that a £10 donation to the Lea School Association would only cost you £6! It should simply involve filling in a form that your HR team provides, saying that you wish to donate to the “Lea School Association”, charity no. 1023309, and they will do the rest.
Employers Charitable Giving Policy – If your company has a charitable giving policy, they may be able to match your donations. Almost all large companies do this, and many small/medium companies also do, so if you do choose to donate directly, please check your company website or via HR first to find out their charitable giving / match funding policy. In some cases, they will match time as well as money, which we also welcome.
Cheque Donations – If you would like to write a cheque, 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.
Bank Transfer – you can set up larger one-off payments and standing orders directly with your bank, either via online banking or in your branch. Please email email@example.com for our bank details and we’ll get straight back to you. It would also be hugely beneficial to claim Gift Aid if it is applicable.
Gift Aid Declaration Form
EasyFundraising – Turn your online shopping into donations for the school – by logging onto the EasyFundraising site before you shop as normal, you can raise extra funds for The Lea. It’s like Nectar, but instead of earning points, each purchase generates a donation to the school. It’s completely FREE to use and so far it’s brought in £2,724 for the school! Go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/theleapsa to register.
Your Ideas – We do as much creative thinking as we can, but parents and children have great ideas. If you ever have thoughts on how we could better use resources, raise funds or improve the school’s profile we would love to hear them. Constructive feedback is always welcome.
Your Time – We are lucky to have a collection of people who volunteer at the school. We couldn’t function without them, but there are always more opportunities and support we could offer the children. Please let us know if there is something you can help with.
As a small school we rely heavily on fundraising activities to provide additional resources and activities for the children. Any donation, large or small, is very much appreciated.
Donations are, however, entirely voluntary and confidential. There is no expectation or requirement for anyone to contribute.
It is recognised that people support the school in so many invaluable ways – not just financial.
Make A Difference
By participating in this opportunity, you will be making a real difference to students’ learning and enrichment at The Lea Primary School & Nursery!