Termly Contribution

Dear Parents

You will shortly be receiving a payment request via SchoolMoney for this autumn term’s £20 contribution. This contribution is purely voluntary and many of you are aware of the reasons we ask for this voluntary contribution, however I thought it would be beneficial to just explain once more the reasons behind this request.

Burford School is one of the most underfunded primary schools in the country. We receive approximately £3,100 per child per year from Bucks. This compares nationally to an average figure of approximately £3,800 per child per year. These regional discrepancies have now been formally recognised by the Government, and in September 2017 Justine Greening announced she will be introducing the ‘Fairer Funding Formula’ for schools suggesting a minimum funding agreement of £3,300 in 2018/19 and £3,500 in 2019/20. While this is good in the short term, this level of funding is below that required to give your children all the opportunities they deserve. We are sure you will have seen in the press today that over 1000 Headteachers are marching in London today to articulate this fact.

As a school, we have two methods that parents can use to donate funds. The first one is the termly contribution and the second one is the Gift of Opportunity (http://www.burfordschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/GoO-Standing-Order-Form-June-2017.pdf).

All funds, however small, are used to support the education that your child receives during their time at Burford School.

I hope this letter goes someway to explaining the reasons behind this request, however should you require any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact either of us via the school office.

Yours sincerely

Ian Garner, Headteacher / Sarah Cooper, Chair of Governors