The Frieth School Governing Body is made up of parents, members of staff and members appointed by the diocese who are committed to the promotion of high standards of educational achievement. Governors bring a wide range of experience, interests and skills to the role, but more importantly, they bring enthusiasm and a vested interest in supporting our school.
In addition to their many committees and roles within these, they are also responsible for raising funds for the revenue of the school. One way that they do this is by administering the School Donations Fund which parents and community members can pay into as a monthly direct debit or a one off payment.
In addition to this, the Governing body also approach other community members such as the Parish Council and private donors for additional funds to go towards bigger projects and apply for grants to national bodies. For instance, the library project received a grant of £2000 from the Ernest Cook Trust and we recently received generous private donations which allowed us to carpet the library and corridors, complete the resurfacing of the outdoor area and buy the new musical instruments to support whole class music teaching.
Sometimes the School Donations Fund is used in conjunction with the school budget and PTA fundraising where the school needs significant funds for particular projects, such as the IT infrastructure project. Generally however, the School Donations Fund is a separate entity from PTA fundraising.
In recent years, this fundraising has been used to support the following projects which have been identified as priorities within the School Development Plan:
- The IT infrastructure project
- Redesign, building works and new furniture for the new Library
- Resurfacing of the outdoor area
- New resources for teaching and learning in Maths
- New resources for teaching English
- New instruments for teaching whole class music
Private donations and the School Donations Fund have allowed the school budget to support the costs of other works including the significant amounts needed for the rewire and new integrated fire system without going into a deficit budget, whilst still providing the excellent resources and grounds needed for our pupils to have the best possible opportunities in school.
Recent purchases from the School Donations Account authorised by the Governing body to support the continuing development of teaching and learning at Frieth School have included a Maths scheme - 'Power Maths', new climbing equipment, which was an instant hit with the pupils and a Cursive font for our network to allow teachers to print signs in the cursive handwriting style. We have also trained a Forest School Leader and sourced additional SEND resources.
To all our Governors and private donors, we would like to say a massive
For further information about the role of the Governing Body, see the Governing Body section of the website.
If you would like to set up a direct debit to the School Donations Fund, please download the form below: