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Providing Excellence Together (PET)

In the 2016/2017 school year, Newstead faced cuts of over £300,000 in Government funding and cost increases, in comparison to the 2015/2016 funding levels. In response, Providing Excellence Together (PET) was launched in January 2016 as a parent-run fundraising initiative.

PET directs its entire fundraising efforts towards raising money for essential school projects. Together we have already raised over £242,000 for the School (including Gift Aid of over £33,000) which has helped enable our teaching team to continue to offer an outstanding educational experience at Newstead Wood School (see below examples of how the PET funds have benefited the school so far).

Like all state schools, our school continues to face extreme revenue pressure that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. According to a survey by the National Association of Head Teachers, almost three-quarters of school leaders expect they will be unable to balance their budgets in the coming school year.

This September more than 2000 headteachers marched on Downing street in an unprecedented protest over school funding. Headteachers on the rally warned of collapsing school buildings, significant cuts to teaching staff and having to use funds raised by generous parents on school essentials rather than fun extras for the children.

The stark reality is we either continue to raise supporting income for the school or risk having to make significant cuts to teaching and subject offer.

To help meet this goal we suggest a contribution of £50 per month, though we also welcome lower amounts from parents who may not be able to contribute this amount. It is also possible to make annual or one-time donations. Attached below are the contribution forms, including information on Gift Aid and a list of FAQs.Our school continues to face extreme revenue pressure that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. 

How your contributions been used so far:

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 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.

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.

In 2018/19 we will be able to upgrade a number of computers, projectors and servers using PET donations. This is part of our plan to upgrade all PCs to Windows 10 and our rolling replacements of older data projectors. Withour 'Shift to the cloud' we will reduce the total number of servers on site over the next two years which will enable savings to be made in this respect.  


Planned 2018/19 expenditure:

Item Status Cost
Computer Upgrades Planned for spring 2018 £40,000
New Servers Planned for spring 2018 £5,000
Hegarty Maths Achieved £2,000
Languages Resources Achieved TBA
Lighting upgrades across site Rolling replacements in place £10,000
Stage shutters  Planned for spring 2018 £1,000
Gym Data Projector and Speakers January 2019 £3,000
Classroom Data Projectors Rolling replacements in place £5,000
AV System and Music Resources Achieved £2,000
Sports Hall Heating Achieved £5,000
Main Hall decoration Achieved £1,000

A huge thank you 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. 

To find out more, please contact us at pet@newsteadwood.co.uk



Contact details:

Email: pet@newsteadwood.co.uk
Twitter: @nwschoolfund

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