Urgent Update on School Funding

School funding this year is once again not keeping up with significant increases in costs that schools face.  Funding for St Matthew’s has fallen in real terms again this year.  The school has made many cuts and efficiencies in response to years of underfunding, but there are limits to how much can be cut without impacting our children’s education.

Immediate Need for Increased Funding

Fund St Matthew’s is a campaign run by the PTA to raise funds for the school. While Fund St Matthew’s aims to focus on long-term projects, the current necessity is to use donations to prevent further reductions in what the school can provide. Over the past two years, contributions through Fund St Matthew’s have supported essential services like IT, mental health, and music programmes. However, more support is urgently needed to maintain these and other crucial areas.

Please give monthly if you can

We are asking for your support to help maintain the high standards of education and enrichment at St Matthew’s Primary School. A regular monthly donation from those who are able would make a significant difference:

£10 per month could allow us to continue providing music and mental health programs, and maintain other enrichment activities.

£100 per month, or more, from some families could enable us to not only sustain but also enhance these vital services and help provide additional teaching assistant time.

One-off donations are also welcome and will be put to good use, but regular donations – or larger lump sums – better help us fund ongoing needs.

Or donate your time

If you can’t give money but can give time then the school and PTA have many volunteering opportunities which help the school. Please let the PTA know if this is you.

Find out more about the PTA at stmatthewspta.org.uk

Thank you

We remain hopeful for increased government funding in the coming years. Once funding improves, Fund St Matthew’s will shift its focus back to long-term improvements rather than day-to-day operational needs.

Please consider setting up a monthly donation if you can. Every contribution, large or small, makes a difference.

Thank you for your continued support of our school community.

School Projects Funded 2024

School funding in 2024 is once again not keeping up with significant increases in costs that schools face.  Funding for St Matthew’s has fallen in real terms again this year, leaving the school with difficult choices. Cuts and efficiency savings have been made, but there is a limit to what can be cut without impacting our children’s education.

Mr Davies once again asked the PTA and this campaign to fund a series of budget items that he considers important to maintain, but which were at risk of being cut due to a budget deficit.

ItemCost
Chromebook lease for the year – essential for the school’s teaching£8,149
Music Teaching – the school hopes this will allow it to continue to offer a day a week, rotating through the school years on a half-termly basis, of dedicated music teaching£12,234
Counselling service – a lifeline for pupils in need, and to avoid classroom disruption£8,450
Pupil Premium Club Participation – to enable children to attend after-school clubs that their families cannot afford£4,500
Total£33,333

The PTA committee agreed that maintaining provision of these items takes higher priority than the school improvement projects that we aspire for Fund St Matthew’s donations to go towards. The reality is that government funding levels do not cover the school’s needs, and we are glad to be able to step in and fund the above items from Fund St Matthew’s.