Every year, BALSA gives the School money to fund ongoing projects, and at the same time we save money which we plan to spend on a significant, legacy project.
In year 2014 we gave the school just over £8,000 to buy 16 laptops and a portable charging trolley. The reasons for this are:
- A new computer programming curriculum comes into play in 2014, requiring access to hardware that the School currently does not have;
- The portable nature of the equipment will allow it to be used more flexibly and will use space more efficiently (the current dedicated ICT suite is to be reassigned as a classroom as part of the current £4m building project at the School). Improvements to the accessibility of all areas of the school will ensure that all classes will readily be able to make use of the equipment;
- Significant and widespread public sector funding cuts mean that the School cannot fund this project in any other way;
- The School has worked hard to source laptops which offer optimum capability but also longevity. We are working on ways to plan for a stream of funds to replace the laptops as and when necessary.
Previous legacy projects include the funding of:
- The outdoor classroom;
- Interactive whiteboards in each classroom;
- The adventure playground;
- The dedicated library for infants;
- Start-up costs of laptops and software for the Lexia reading recovery programme;
- The School pond.
Over the past few years, BALSA has funded a number of smaller projects including:
- Equipment to enable the School to become wireless;
- Wellie Boot racks for Reception;
- New role play cards and gardening equipment for Reception.
Project support on an annual basis
As well as funding one-off costs like those above, BALSA contributes to a number of regular events and ongoing projects at the School. These include:
- The teddy bear’s picnic for incoming Reception children;
- Refreshments for Reception whilst using the outdoor classroom;
- The junior boys’ literacy project;
- Coach costs for Year 4s going to and from their swimming lessons;
- All the catering for the Year 5 camp;
- The Nurture Group;
- The subsidising of all coach costs by one third – a significant expense!;
- Leavers’ books for Year 6.
- Finally, by way of saying thank you to families for their support over the years, we fund the Year 6 trip to Drusillas.