£10k donations matched

In September 2023 we launched a match funding campaign, thanks to a generous parent donor who provided a £10k matching fund.

We’re pleased to announce that, as of April 2024, £10k of new donations – above our ‘baseline’ of £1,060 per month – have now been made, unlocking the full £10k matching, allowing us to continue to support the school during another period of insufficient budgets.

Thank you to everyone who donated, including our match funding donor.

Library carpet funded

In February 2023, £2,500 Fund St Matthew’s donations were used to contribute 50% of the cost of a hard-wearing carpet for the new library area. The other 50% came from core PTA funds.

Doesn’t it look great!?

15 Chromebooks purchased using your donations

We’re delighted to report that the school is now using 15 additional Chromebooks (laptops) and a charging trolley that were bought using £5500 of the funds donated via Fund St Matthew’s.

15 Chromebook laptops in their charging trolley
The new Chromebooks in their charging trolley

This is the first item that has been funded using the Fund St Matthew’s donations “beyond £60k”. Other projects which are to be funded soon include outdoor learning equipment, a reorganisation of the library, and a roof canopy outside the dining hall.

Original £60,000 funding shortfall target met!

We are thrilled to announce that in December 2020, 19 months after starting the campaign, we reached our target of £60,000. This was the amount by which the school’s funding was cut in its 2019-20 budget.

Headteacher Mr Davies holding cheque from the shortfall campaign
Mr Davies receiving the cheque bringing the total donated to the school to £60,000

“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), Dec 2020

What happens now?

Although we have filled the 2019-20 shortfall, many parents want to continue supporting the school. This support will allow it to make improvements and investments in our children’s education and wellbeing that would not otherwise be possible. Please check the Home page for more information.

1,000 people joined the Cambridge march to protest against school funding cuts

Here is some of the media coverage of our 1st April march against school funding cuts:

Time lapse video

Video showing size of march

ITV News Anglia report

BBC Look East (West) News report  (7 mins in)

Interview with St. Matthew’s headmaster Mr Davies (skip to 1 hour 5 mins 55 seconds)

Cambridge News report

Varsity news report

Children’s speeches

Cambridge Independent

Other photos and videos can be found in the Fund Our Schools Facebook group