As you will no doubt be aware, schools across the country have been dealing with dwindling budgets, and in the future will face further significant funding cuts. It is estimated that St George’s School budget will be cut in real terms by £699,182 by 2019, that’s -£737 per pupil (6th Form excluded). It will be the worst affected school in Harpenden. (source St. Alban’s Review and http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/schools?chosenSchool=9194614)
Whilst we can lament the lack of government funding for our local schools we are nevertheless very lucky to have our children attending the amazing school that is St George’s. It is currently, and has been consistently throughout the last decade, rated by Ofsted as an Outstanding school. It is also presently rated 5th Best School in Hertfordshire (The Times Survey of State Schools January 2017) and was in the Top 10 State Schools for GCSE results in 2016.
There are so many ways you can support St George’s. St George’s is providing your child with an exceptional state sector education, but unfortunately there is no such thing as free state education any more. Those of us brought up with this concept will find it hard to put such an idea behind us. Great teaching is at the heart of any good school, and we all need to dig deep in any way we can to support our fabulous teachers.
At St George’s there are several different ways you can help, something for every talent and circumstance!
The Trust is a charity run for the benefit of all St George’s pupils. All families are asked to make a monthly donation per pupil by Direct Debit. The Trust also accepts one off payments. The money raised is spent annually so that our pupils feel the immediate benefit, and pays for items such as computers, books, transport, calendars, prep books and other equipment.
CGFT was originally set up in the will of our Founder, Rev Cecil Grant. The Trust is still going strong today as a charity and, thanks to the generosity of St George’s families, collects and donates to the school approximately £135,000 every single year. The Trustees include “old Georgians”, and also current parents, governors and the Headmaster. Click here for more information
The St George’s PSA encourages a very strong community within our school and fund raises via its very many social events. The funds raised by the PSA enables us to provide enhancements for the school that would be hard to justify from other budgets; the "nice to haves". Enhancement of the facilities within the Music department, or the resurfacing of the Multi Use Games Area, to name but two recent projects funded by the PSA. You can get involved with the PSA in so many different ways including: painting weekends, arranging alter flowers, helping in the library, preparing refreshments for a Parent’s Night, as well as assisting to organise or providing hands-on support at one of the numerous larger events. Whatever your talent or interest there is something for you. Click here for more information
The Development Fund was originally set up to help fund the building of the Sports Centre and Modern Foreign Languages block. It focuses on larger capital building projects within the school and is currently fundraising to carry out much needed refurbishment of the old Science Labs, with a push to complete this work in 2017. Click here for more information
Give as you Live is an award-winning fundraising platform that works with over 4,000+ leading online retailers so a percentage of every purchase is donated to charity, without costing the charity or the shopper a penny extra.
When you sign up to Give as you Live to support St George’s, then each time you shop online at supported retailers a commission is paid to the St George’s PSA by the retailer. You can also set up a donation reminder on your browser so you never miss the opportunity to donate while you shop. Click here for more information