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.