Governors' Maintenance Fund

The school is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School. This means that local and central government financially aid the school, but that the Governors are responsible for a considerable part of the cost of providing, maintaining and insuring the school buildings. The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education operates a maintenance scheme towards which the Governors are annually asked to contribute a sum of money for each child. The Governors also help with unexpected repair costs and fund a contribution towards school improvement projects.

Recent projects to which the Governors’ Fund has contributed include: 

  • replacing the main boiler and the school’s security system,
  • resurfacing the playground,
  • renewing the external security gates and drainage,
  • providing additional IT equipment,
  • renewing the classroom carpeting,
  • repairs to school kitchen equipment, and
  • refurbishing all classrooms and toilet amenities throughout the school.

Without the contributions made to the Governors’ Maintenance Fund, many of these projects would not have been able to go ahead and it is ultimately the children at the school who will miss out.

Parents are asked to help by making a voluntary annual payment to the Governors’ Maintenance Fund. The governors’ suggested annual contribution is: 

  • £72 for the 1st child (£6 per month via standing order – see below for details)
  • £36 for the 2nd child (£3 per month via standing order – see below for details)
  • £24 for the 3rd (or more) child (£2 per month via standing order – see below for details) 

It must be emphasised that there is no obligation for parents to pay this amount. We realise that some may be able to give more whilst others may offer this amount or something less.

We urge you to support the school in this way, and if you are a taxpayer, to also complete the enclosed Gift Aid Declaration. Every contribution we receive from someone who has completed a Gift Aid Declaration, will be increased by reclaiming tax from HMRC (e.g. for a £72 contribution, an additional £18 can be reclaimed).

How to make your contribution

Preferred method: You can set up a standing order with your bank for the contribution to be made by monthly regular contributions. This can be done by setting up via online banking with your bank and using the bank account details shown below: 

Account name: Coulsdon Church of England Primary School
Sort code: 60-06-14
Account number: 01703978
Reference: Your child’s name

Another option is to make your contribution is online via Parentpay. Simply go to Parentpay and select the ‘Governors’ Maintenance Fund’ option and the amount to contribute

All contributions are treated in the strictest confidence and are known only to the Finance Committee of the Governing body.

Please complete your Gift Aid declaration

As mentioned, Gift Aid is a valuable source of income for the Fund, so please do complete your Gift Aid declaration. This can be done by completing the form on the online link here (new window opens). 

The last set of Governors' Maintenance Fund accounts can be viewed here:

Governors' Maintenance Fund 31 March 2023 signed accounts