Save the only school in Soho
Soho Parish is a creative, innovative and forward-thinking school in the heart of London. Our Victorian ‘village school’ building with its tiny classrooms limits our class sizes to 25.
Schools are funded ‘per pupil’, which means once we’ve paid our staff there is nothing left. This leads to a shortfall of around £100,000 per year; a gap our parents and staff work hard to fill with fundraising. The Soho Food Feast, generously supported by local restaurants, is our biggest fundraiser, bringing in £40,000 each year and filling bellies and hearts as it does so.
This year, the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out our essential fundraising. We had to cancel the Food Feast and have lost considerable income from letting our building and providing after school care.
We need help. Without our usual income we will struggle to buy the most basic supplies and will be forced to make further redundancies. With SEN pupils at twice the national percentage, we really need our teaching assistants and will do everything we can to retain them.
To survive and maintain our excellent pastoral and academic provision, we need to raise £500 per pupil and anything you can donate towards this will help to fund:
- Learning resources, including stationery
- Teaching assistants to work with the most needy children
- Trips and visits (once these are allowed again), including our two residential visits which allow our city children to experience rural life
- Family therapy to support families and children who have experienced bereavement, domestic abuse or other emotional trauma as a result of the pandemic.
- Fresh, healthy and locally sourced school lunches, cooked by our brilliant in-house Chef Amy.
Every little helps.
£5 buys exercise books for a child for a whole year.
£20 buys breakfast club for a vulnerable pupil for a term.
£150 subsidises the cost of a residential journey for a child whose family is on low income.
£300 pays for family therapy for a week, supporting 10 families.
£500 pays for a teaching assistant to work with SEN children for a week.
We are grateful for all donations.
Donate £500 and sponsor a chair in a classroom, which will proudly display your name (if wished).
Small schools like Soho Parish are under considerable threat.
Keep us viable so we can continue to serve proudly our diverse, beautiful, spirited community.
“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. The school’s core values … are reflected in pupils’ collaborative working and in the caring approaches that they adopt with each other, with visitors and with all staff. Pupils meant it when they told inspectors, ‘Everyone cares for each other.’ " Ofsted, 2019