School Maintenance and Development Fund

Governor’s School Maintenance and Development Fund

We are grateful for the generosity of successive generations of parents/ carers, whose children have attended St Stephen’s CE Primary School, and have contributed to maintaining and developing our amazing school buildings and other resources over the years; this continued investment really helps our school and we couldn’t develop without it.

The Maintenance and Development Fund contributions help us to accommodate increased costs, budgetary pressures and our ambitions to deliver outstanding educational facilities for all our pupils. School investments in recent years include:

  • A major building project to transform the school into a two form entry school
  • Complete refurbishment of the existing Victorian buildings
  • Improved security systems,
  • Renovation of the Music House
  • A new wireless internet system
  • Brand new kitchen equipment
  • Development of school playgrounds

Green Initiatives have included:

  • Solar panels on the hall roof
  • New LED lighting
  • Thermostats on all radiators
  • Classroom Insulation

Pupils enjoy the benefits of these facilities and support, all of which significantly enhance the vision and ethos of our school.

What is the Governors’ School Maintenance and Development Fund?

Most Governing Bodies of church schools manage their own fund to support the school which includes the maintenance of buildings. Parents make an annual contribution for each child at the school.

The fund is used by the Governing Body to cover:

  • External and internal refurbishment
  • Ongoing maintenance work to the buildings, which can include property developments and general upkeep;
  • Contributions to any capital expenditure over £2,000
  • The schools quest to become carbon neutral
  • Insurance and building security

It ensures we create and maintain the best school infrastructure as possible – for our current and future pupils. Church schools have operated maintenance and development funds for decades, and it is amazing to think that our school has been beautifully built and extended by successive generations of parents and carers.

How Should I Pay?

Your requested contribution of £67 per child per year, equates to £1.85 per teaching week per child. The easiest way to make your contribution is through our Parentmail system. The requested voluntary contributions have been kept at a comparably low rate by the Governing Body for 2023/2024.

Thank you for your contribution to the school’s Maintenance and Development Fund.