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Friends of Claygate Primary School

School budgets are mainly based on pupil numbers.  We are currently funded for 350 children but the size of the school means it has spare places.  As a result, our school runs with significantly less funding that it did.  This has been the case for a number of years and is why the charity ‘The Friends of CPS (a Registered Charity No. 1172759), was set up in 2017.  At that time, the majority of parents kindly made a monthly donation.

The donations received from parents and members of the community directly support the CPS budget and have a significant impact on both teaching and learning in the classroom.  Contributions to Friends have dropped significantly, possibly during the time of Covid and we now have fewer than 50 monthly contributions across the whole school, including Acorns Nursery.  As we rely on the support of The Friends of CPS Charity, we need to rebuild our number of subscriptions.  The information below shows how we have used the funding in previous years.  To maintain this, we urgently need your support and invite you to set up a monthly donation for your child.

We have an online donation system via the Charity Aid Foundation. We ask you to make a voluntary contribution of £15 per month per child with £30 for 2 or more children. If you are a tax payer, you can get tax relief if you donate through Gift Aid. This also allows us to claim basic rate tax of 20% on your donation, at no cost to yourself. The suggested contribution has not increased since it was established in 2017.

Here is the link to access the donation form:

The contributions from parents are making a significant difference :

In 2021-2022  it has enabled the school to purchase:

  • IT equipment for each year group with Chrome books and charging trollies
  • Expansion of the Accelerated reader, Little Wandle Phonics and Voice 21 programmes
  • Themed displays in the corridors and the Hall
  • Staff training.

In 2022-23, plans are in place to support improvements in

  • Design and Technology facilities
  • Outdoor play areas
  • A Learning Pod
  • History, Geography and RE project activities.

We hope that you will be willing to set up a monthly donation and we thank you for supporting the Friends of Claygate Primary School with your ongoing contributions.