Get Reading are reporting that a Caversham state school which is “struggling financially” has asked parents for donations.
Caversham Primary School sent letters to parents in January asking them to make a voluntary donation of £190 a year, which is £1 for each school day.
Headteacher Ruth Perry says the school needs to “plug funding gaps” as it is struggling to deal with budget cuts and rising staff costs.
Ms Perry said: “The reason parents are being so supportive is that we have been very open and transparent over the last year with the fact that we are struggling financially because of cuts being made to the education budget.
“90 per cent of our costs are staffing. We have staff that have been here for many years and love working here and are therefore expensive because they have moved up the pay scale.
“We also have the pressure of increased pensions and national insurance contributions.
“The Parent Teacher Association has raised significant amounts of money for the school over the last 40 years, but their hard work is no longer enough to plug funding gaps.
“This is a decision we didn’t take lightly and it is not one that we are happy to be making.”
We have already heard how grammar schools may have to ask for contributions, but obviously the funding cuts are affecting more than just grammar schools. I won’t be surprised to hear of more schools asking parents for donations. ~ Sophie
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