Am I the Future?
St Aidan’s is a small London school with a big presence. It is an inclusive, one-form-entry primary school, and is the heartbeat of the local community, where everyone knows each other’s names. It has been described as a village school in the heart of North London.
Our children come from a wide range of backgrounds. St Aidan’s prides itself on being a school that embraces difference and believes that all children have a right to a broad academic and social curriculum and a right to be included in all aspects of school life. Our Parent School Association (PSA) exists to enrich the offering of, and our children’s experience at, the school.
As for many schools across the country, our finances are very tight. Can you help us continue to provide an excellent and enriching education for all our pupils? We’re raising money to upgrade our playground equipment and IT kit – both things that will benefit all our pupils, every single day. We’d love your help.
We’d like your help to help us reach our target of £20,000, so that we can better support and enrich their school experience and learning.
Our school loves to be outside. We start the day with a group boxercise session, and we love our colourful school garden. But most of all we love to play. The imagination and energy of our 3–11-year-olds is boundless, but the outside space very limited, and our equipment is old and outdated.
An improved play area will not only benefit all the pupils at St Aidan’s, but also other children from the local community as we use this precious space for very popular affordable sports clubs during non-school days and holidays.
We pride ourselves on our teaching of computing. The computing curriculum at
St Aidan’s empowers and enables children to be producers of digital content across a wide range of tools.
But our IT equipment really needs updating and sadly we can’t afford to do this
from the school’s budget. Money raised will go towards upgrading our current hardware and supporting our programme of study, that builds on children's skills and knowledge from writing simple sets of coding instructions in Year 1 through
to writing more complex interactions, for example, using HTML or Python code
in Year 6.
Here’s why we need your help
The school currently has a deficit of £170,000 and is increasingly dependent on
the financial support of the PSA for curriculum materials, maintenance of its fabric, as well as enriching educational input for the children. State education funding has not kept up in real terms over the last decade. Add to this the impact of inflation and rising energy costs; all this has really hammered school budgets.
The school receives its funding on a per-pupil basis. School rolls are falling across London and, like many other schools, St Aidan’s is feeling the impact of this.
St Aidan’s is like a village school, due to its small size and its warm sense of community. But what makes it special also makes it especially vulnerable to all the current pressures. Lots of primary schools are in deficit, St Aidan’s included, but due to its small size, St Aidan’s has no economies of scale at its disposal, and the challenge is even greater.
So St Aidan’s is reaching out to our wonderful community, both locally and to family and friends far and wide, to ask for your help.
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