We know that you all share our pride in the exceptional standard of education that Chichester Free School offers, along with the welcoming and stimulating learning environment all of our children enjoy here.
The Governors and staff at the school are continually looking at ways to develop and improve the school, including the wide and diverse variety of activities we provide our children to give them the rounded education they deserve.
Despite promises made in the general election, with Government funding under increasing pressure, many of the funding streams that we previously benefitted from have ceased. All West Sussex schools now receive between 50% and 75% less funding than equivalent size schools in most London boroughs.
It is essential that we maintain the facilities and equipment necessary to give children the firm educational foundation they need. However, this reduction to our budget, which covers staffing, maintenance of the buildings, facilities and all resources, then leaves a limited sum for continuing our rich programme of activities and the development of beneficial new projects.
How you can help
Many of you have enquired about a voluntary annual parent subscription scheme to raise additional funds that will support continued improvement and development of our learning environment, as well as the opportunities and resources children need to fulfil their potential.
The Friends of Chichester Free School have given terrific support over the years, financing such initiatives as whole class music lessons for our Primary pupils, reading schemes, an array of outdoor play equipment, and classroom resources. Additional funds from the voluntary subscription scheme will allow for many more teaching and learning resources, as well as further beneficial projects, such as:
- Exciting and imaginative new design for outdoor play area, seating and shade
- Development of the on-site forest school with inspirational nature activities
- Longer term, the purchase or lease of some of the land adjacent to the school to create our own sports field
- Development and upkeep of the Astro pitch.
Together, we can make a difference
Therefore, at the beginning of each academic year, we are inviting all families to make a voluntary donation and by contributing to the scheme, you will make a significant difference to the school. Every donation, however large or small, will remain absolutely confidential and will be hugely appreciated.
The Trust has now created a donations page on the School’s website. If you are a tax payer, we can reclaim 25p for every £1 donated under the Gift Aid scheme, making your donation go even further. You can make a one off donation or set up a monthly standing order and even £5 per month would make such a difference to the school.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity and please do not hesitate to let us know if you have further ideas for how we can develop the scheme or use funds.