Help Josie Grow - fundstmatthews.com

St Matthew’s Primary School in Cambridge faced a reduction in its funding of £60,000 in the 2019-20 financial year.

We are therefore offering parents, carers, grandparents and alumni the opportunity to make regular anonymous donations to a ‘Funding Shortfall Fund that is ring-fenced by the PTA, a registered charity, for the school exclusively to use to plug its funding gap.

£58,048.74 raised so far!

Although the £60k funding gap relates to last financial year, we continue to fundraise  towards our original £60k target, to help the school maintain teaching and support after years of inadequate government funding. Once the target is reached, donations will continue to be passed to the school to use as needed, as many of you may want to continue to support the school financially. Although the school’s funding per pupil has increased this year compared to last year, it is still at the minimum allowed level, and the school has lost a large chunk of income due to being unable to rent out its facilities due to Covid-19.


UPDATE – November 2020

Thank you to all of you who are donating so generously. You have donated

£58.048.74 (up to 3rd Nov 2020)

This is amazing, and it is making a huge difference to the school. In Mr Davies’ words:Headteacher Mr Davies holding cheque from the shortfall campaign

Thank you so much for all you have done.  I can tell you now that there are very vulnerable children in St Matthew’s receiving the help that they need because of what you have done, resources that have been purchased etc.  It has been a huge relief to know that your [donations have] given us a buffer against a possible end of year deficit

Each month’s donations are charted below. 

And here’s how our total is doing:

Please add your regular or one-off donation to help us fill the £60k shortfall. 

Once we reach our £60k target, we will continue to collect donations from those who would like to continue supporting St Matthew’s, and will pass them to the school to use as needed.

Questions? Read our October 2019 Q&A-style update.

More about the cutsMore about the campaign – Help fill the funding shortfallProtest against the cuts

Background reading: Our headteacher, Tony Davies, was interviewed in the Observer about the cuts our school  faced. Read his interview here.