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Dear Parent/Carer,

We are writing to introduce our School Fund to you. This is a fund operated in all Trust Schools and the Ada Lovelace Governing Body will manage it in order to fund projects over and above what would otherwise be possible.

Our School Fund will be built up from financial donations from parents/carers and is held in a separate bank account to other funding. It has a very important function in paying for additional needs as the school is established and grows. At Ada Lovelace we are so fortunate to have our wonderful new building to move into in September. We have also benefited from the cost saving of sharing a building with William Perkin for the last two years, so some extras, not covered by the Department of Education building fund, have already been paid for: advanced Audio-Visual and curtain specification in the Performance Centre, two Digital Art learning suites and improved internal signage systems. However, as we move into the new building there are always further needs in a school, which this School Fund can support.

Use of the School Fund will be decided by the Governing Body in consultation with the Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (the PTFA), of which you are all members. We hope to use it for inspiring projects and things that add to the life and fabric of the school. This year, we would like to use the School Fund for the following:

  • A second minibus to support the offsite sports program. These cost £5,000 per year on a lease for 5 years. Our first minibus has been funded with the help of a parent's fundraising.
  • Enhanced external dining furniture and concrete plaza-style seating
  • Resource books for an English department reading resource centre

As a guide, we ask parents/carers to make a monthly donation of £10, £20 or £30 per pupil educated at the school. However, all contributions are voluntary and will be received gratefully. This year we have set up an online giving page which can be accessed by clicking the 'Donate Now' button. Please be sure to select Ada Lovelace School Fund to ensure your donation supports the correct school. We also strongly encourage you to complete the Gift Aid form if you pay UK income tax. By doing so you will add 25% to the value of your donation.

If you have any queries concerning donating to the School Fund please contact our School Fund administrator on [email protected].

We really believe that school is a partnership between parents and the school itself. When parents give regularly and generously this makes a huge difference and helps the school to thrive. Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

Keir Smith, Headteacher

Emma Harniman, Chair of Governors

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