Sacred Heart is a voluntary-aided school. This means that while most of our income is derived from local Government funds, as a Catholic school, we must contribute 10% of the cost for major improvements and for the maintenance of our school buildings. To fund this 10% cost, all families are kindly asked to make a voluntary contribution of £100 per year.
More information: Why do we need a School Building Fund?
The School Building Fund is administered during the school year. This means that each October all parents will receive a letter explaining what the School Building Fund is and kindly asking for voluntary contributions for that school year. In February, we send a second letter, again making parents aware of why we have a School Building Fund and how that money has been spent or will be spent on planned improvement and maintenance projects.
Along with these letters, we will also send parents a Guidance Note to inform you of how you can make your voluntary contribution and the benefits to the School of completing a Gift Aid Declaration.
The Guidance Note will explain how voluntary contributions can be made by direct debit (either in a one-off payment, quarterly or monthly), by cheque or cash payment. Unfortunately we are not able to accept on-line payments directly to the School for this contribution. The Guidance Note will also ask you if you are willing to complete a Gift Aid Declaration which enables the School to reclaim the Income Tax which you have already paid on this contribution. This provides an added bonus to the school and can add considerably to the income of the School Building Fund – an extra 28p extra for every £1 contributed by parents.
Parents can choose to ‘Gift Aid’ their contributions at any time and once the forms have been completed it means that any future contributions you make to Sacred Heart will increase its Building Fund. The signing of a Gift Aid Declaration Form means that any contributions given since April 2000 can be used to help the school.
School bank details in a Bank Instruction Order and Gift Aid Declaration forms are available on request at the School Office.
Please note that every voluntary contribution with be acknowledged with a receipt and a compliment slip.