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.

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.