Where The Money Goes

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.

Legacy projects

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:

Laptops in the classroom

Laptops in the classroom

  • 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.

Outdoor Classroom used  weekly by Y1.

Outdoor Classroom used weekly by Y1.

Infant Library

Infant Library

Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive Whiteboards

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Adventure Playground

Smaller projects

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.