Blue Coat is a Church of England Academy and a member of The Cranmer Education Trust.
The Trust has responsibility for the school estate and accommodation. In previous years we have raised funds to support applications for capital grants from the government. We have remodelled the school hall, created a brand new music suite and drama room in the sports hall under croft and opened the two storey Clarke Building with 14 new classrooms, offices and social space for students. This is attached to the sports hall, and has probably the most spectacular views in Oldham!
As you can see, this is a carefully planned and phased programme which continues to have a huge impact on our provision for young people, your sons and daughters.
But we could not have achieved any of this without the continuing financial support of parents. Nothing is ever 100% funded – the school has to pay for the furniture, the IT, the equipment – everything that makes the building educationally useful. This is where our parental contributions go – and having them means that we can lever funds out of grant-awarding bodies.
We know that families are under pressure and we make a point of not running fundraising schemes where we are repeatedly coming back to you to ask for money. The fundraising that goes on in school is for charity – we expect our young people to be compassionate, responsible citizens who reach out to and help those who are less fortunate than themselves, and they always amaze us.
For the development of the school we ask parents to consider making regular donations, and gift-aiding these so that the school can claim back tax from the government. For example if you made a weekly contribution of £5.00 with gift aid the school would receive £325.00 a year. If you could give more, that would be even better – and would help transform the future of the school.
Blue Coat is now what generations of staff, parents and governors have made it. What it will be in the future, for your children, will depend on all of us sustaining that faith and commitment, and working together. I will explain more at the Intake Evening how we can do this.
To help the school financially, donations can be made by a monthly or annual Standing Order, to reduce administration costs. Please complete and return if you are able to contribute.
Please click for Gift Aid Form