St Matthew’s Primary School in Cambridge faced a reduction in its funding of £60,000 in the 2019-20 financial year.
Alongside campaigning for the cuts to be reversed, many parents, carers and families wanted to donate to help St Matthew’s ‘fill the shortfall’ and minimise the impact of the cuts on the teaching and support it provides. Our goal was to fill the £60,000 shortfall.
We are thrilled to announce that the £60,000 target was reached in December 2020!
“I really can’t thank parents and carers enough… This has made a huge difference to the school over the last year… Because of this money, we have been able to employ teaching assistants to support children’s learning, and confidently make decisions such as our recent investment in Chromebooks for teaching computing.” – Tony Davies (Headteacher)
What happens next?
St Matthew’s funding has increased since that terrible cut (partly thanks to the protests many of you participated in), but funds are still very tight, especially with extra costs due to Covid-19.
Many of you may want to continue (or start) to donate to support the school. We will continue to collect donations from those who wish to donate, and pass them to the school. It is up to the school to decide how they are spent. If necessary, they will be used to fill gaps in essential provision. Otherwise, the school will use them to enrich and improve the school. Projects under consideration (some paused due to Covid) include providing a canopy to create an outdoor eating space by the lunch hall, improving the cage fencing and resurfacing the sports pitch, and creating an outdoor classroom on the roof terrace.
If you have a regular donation set up and wish to continue it, you do not need to do anything. To find out how to end or change a regular donation, see Donating FAQ.
We will continue to report the total donated on this website and will share updates on what your donations are being used for when we receive them from the school.
As of 1st March 2021, our total donated is £66,391!
Each month’s donations are charted below.
Please add your regular or one-off donation if you would like to support the school.
Background reading: Our headteacher, Tony Davies, was interviewed in the Observer about the cuts our school faced. Read his interview here.