Our school continues to face extreme revenue pressure that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Last year Newstead faced cuts of over £300,000 in Government funding and cost increases, in comparison to the 2015/2016 year funding levels. The stark reality is we either raise more income or risk having to make significant cuts to teaching and subject offer.
In response, Providing Excellence Together (PET) was launched in January 2016 as Newstead’s school-directed, parent-run fundraising initiative. PET directs its entire fundraising efforts towards raising money for essential school projects. Together we have already raised over £175,000 for the School, (including Gift Aid of over £33,000). Our projected total to August 2018 is £242,000. If we are to achieve our goal of £300,000 for 2017/18, we need to raise a further £58,000. With our combined support, we know we can achieve it.
To help meet PET’s goal we suggest a contribution of £50 per month. Alternatively, annual or one-time donations may be made. Attached below are the contribution forms, including information on Gift Aid and a list of FAQs.
The PET funds directly benefit our students and have allowed us to purchase items we otherwise simply wouldn’t have been able to. PET funds are controlled entirely by the school and allocated by the Senior Leadership Team in consultation with the Governors.
Together, we have purchased:
- New textbooks for KS3 Science
- Digital resources for Geography and Languages
- A new library security and issuing system
- A replacement server power protection unit
- New data projectors for rolling replacements in Maths and Science
- New computers in the Engineering suite
- New textbooks for new GCSE courses in Maths, Science, Geography, History, German, Music, Religious Studies, Design and Technology for both Year 10 and Year 11 cohorts
- New computers in the Sixth Form Study Area
- A new backup server for the school computer system
- Emergency replacement parts for the school boilers
- Grounds maintenance equipment.
(As at October 2017)
In addition, PET funds have also been used to part fund the new Food Technology kitchen, and contributed to the replacement windows and roof repairs.
A huge thank to everyone who has already supported the PET campaign to date, helping us to achieve so much in a such a short space of time.
Please support the PET campaign. Your support directly impacts upon the education that your child receives, and the future of your child and the school.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and to let us know your thoughts.