I am writing to you on behalf of the Governing body to explain why St James’ needs support from our parents for the Diocesan Buildings Fund, and to ask you to join those parents who already help us. As a Catholic school, we have ‘voluntary aided’ status. This gives us the freedom to provide the Catholic education which you have chosen for your child, but this comes at a price. We have to find 10% of the cost of developing and maintaining the school buildings ourselves – other LA controlled schools do not have to do this. Last year St James’ was fortunate enough to receive close to £300,000 for work to the roof, fire-alarm systems, ventilation, lighting and refurbishment of the mobile classrooms. This would have meant that the Governors would have been liable for £30,000 from the school budget, these costs were covered by the Diocesan School Buildings Fund. To be a member of this Fund, however, we have to raise an annual donation of £15 per child, which is why I am sending you this letter, along with a letter from Bishop Mark.At St James’, like other Diocesan schools, the Governing Body has decided to raise this annual donation of £15 per pupil via the school’s Gift Aid Scheme. The most effective way for you to make a contribution to the Fund would be to establish a standing order from your bank account complemented by the gift-aid declaration, which would allow income tax paid by you to be reclaimed by the Fund. The appropriate forms are included with this letter, and can be found on the school website. We suggest a contribution of £1 or £2 per month for each child attending St James’, although the amount is of course for you to decide, and participation is entirely voluntary. If you wish you can make a one off payment of £15.Please make cheques payable to St James’ Catholic High School and post in the trip payment box. St James’, as it exists today owes much to the generosity of previous parents. It needs the support of parents, now and in the future. Contributions from parents would help us to improve the security of the school site, help repair any damage and prepare for the on-going general refurbishment of school premises. I know myself that there are many calls on parents for money, but I do hope that you will be able to help us.If you need further advice or guidance, please contact Mrs Judith Howarth, via the school office.
Mr Tim Beesley - Headteacher