School Development Fund 

Please download a Gift Aid Form and Bank Mandate below:


On behalf of the Governing Body, it is my privilege to welcome you and your child to St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. As a Catholic School, the school strives through its pastoral teaching to provide your child with an excellent education aiming for high standards of achievement in not only academic education but art, sport and other extra-curricular activities. In order to continue to provide the best that we can for your child, we need to also work on the continued upkeep and development of the school and in this regard I write to ask for your assistance.

As a voluntary aided school, the Governing Body are responsible for all capital works that are required for the school and in that regard an improvement plan is devised. Previous improvements to the school include:

  • Brand new builds to provide a library, ICT suite, accessible toilet and brand new kitchen
  • New entrance and offices to make the school one building rather than two
  • Ongoing new roofing across the school 
  • Completely refurbished toilets 
  • Urgent drainage repairs and upkeep

This above improvements to the school and ongoing upkeep provides not only a safe space to learn but also invaluable resources to aid the children’s development across the curriculum whilst providing space for small group work and extracurricular activities. Our plans all serve to improve the children’s experience throughout their journey at St. Joseph’s.

The funding of this important and valuable work is, however, only met partly by government grants. As a voluntary aided school, we are required to meet the cost of 10% of the works and unfortunately, if we are unable to raise this money, the work cannot proceed. We have, therefore, established a school development fund through a Voluntary Contribution Scheme (VCS) and ask that parents contribute to this fund to help us complete all crucial works.

All monies donated to this fund will be used exclusively to carry out essential and planned capital improvements to the school. The extremely generous donations already made by existing parents have made a positive impact of the life of the school as seen by the completion of works already carried out, listed above. The reality is that without these donations the school would not have had such improvements made to allow us to continue to provide an outstanding education.

The minimum suggested donation to the VCS (voluntary contribution scheme), is £5 per family per month. The Governing Body greatly appreciate your support for towards all important works which enable us to give your child the best possible place to learn.

The Governing Body would like to express their heartfelt thanks to those families who already contribute to this fund. If you are not currently contributing to our Voluntary Contribution Scheme, and you are in a position to do so, please complete the Gift Aid Form and Bank Mandate form above.

Tim Hodgson

Chair of Governors