WHY SUPPORT CHARTERS SCHOOL?
Charters School will be 70 years old in 2028 and whilst we are proud of our history and reputation as an exceptional School offering a rich and diverse education to our students, we continually look towards the future.
We provide an education for each and every student which is unparalleled in breadth and quality of opportunity, but in order to maintain this we need facilities to match our vision. Similar to most state schools we have funding for our core purpose but there is little remaining to enhance or improve school facilities or to support those families who may need a little extra help.
WHY DO WE NEED TO FUNDRAISE?
As an Academy our annual operating costs are funded through central government and this covers our core purpose, but if we want to invest in our buildings and technology, or to continue to enrich the curriculum, we have to look for additional outside sources to help, either through grants or our community for regular or one-off gifts.
Fundraising enables us to make improvements to our School, and provide opportunities for our students, that would not be possible otherwise.
HOW DO WE FUNDRAISE?
There are a number of fundraising channels for Charters School including those listed below. If you are a parent/carer who would like to make a regular donation to school funds, a member of the local community who would like to help at one of our fundraising events, or a business that would like to sponsor a team or event at our school, please find out more below.
Should you require further information, please contact our Marketing Team who will be happy to help.
The Conditions Improvement Fund
All academy schools are entitled to apply for this Government Fund once a year. Money from this Fund tends to be allocated for projects which have a Health & Safety or Capacity issue. For example, our new windows were funded by a successful bid to CIF.
These fund major building work or refurbishments and are ‘one-off’ targeted Campaigns for a specific large-scale development. An example of a successful Capital Campaign is the refurbishment of the Science Lecture Theatre which was made possible due to a grant from The Wolfson Foundation in 2018. We tend to run a major Capital Campaign once every 4 – 5 years depending on the needs of the School.
Regular Giving Scheme
Our Fund the Future scheme is the backbone of our School fundraising and it is a regular monthly giving scheme for donations of any size (although one-off donations are very welcome too!). Regular donations make a lasting impact on our School and our students, whether it is £5, £20, or £100 a month. The focus is on the short-term urgent needs of the School. Last year we raised enough funds to replace three of our minibuses and this year (2021/22) we are focusing on our outside spaces. We want to erect a permanent canopy which will enable our students to access shelter during break times and provide an additional venue for outside performances.
If you are able to support the school by making a regular financial contribution it would be much appreciated and will directly benefit the students. Any contribution is entirely voluntary, even £5 per month from those who can afford it, would make a huge difference.
By donating through our CAF Donate page we are able to gain an additional 25% from donors who are UK tax payers, so please do remember to tick the box as you make your donation.
We need to raise £22,500 in pledged funds this year and our ambition is for every parent to give as little or as much as they can afford.
We also have a Disadvantaged Fund which is for students whose families are unable to financially support essential school visits and other opportunities. The two branches of regular giving allow our community to support both facilities and specific students.
Charters Community Association
This is a group of hard-working and passionate parents who help to plan and run social events to raise money for specific items. Most recently, they helped raise over £9,000 at our 2019 Christmas Fair and the funds have been allocated to the Main Hall project; work will begin on this in the summer of 2021.
Leaving a legacy to Charters School is one of the most significant ways to leave a lasting impact for the education of future generations of students. A legacy gift creates a lasting testimony of a connection with the School and allows you to support the school financially in a way that you might not otherwise have been able to do. We are hugely indebted to our supporters who have made a provision for the School in their Wills. Those who advise us of their intention to support the School in this way are recognised as benefactors and acknowledged legacy supporters and we keep them in touch with the School, should they wish to do so.
FAQ can be viewed here.
A major gift is a donation of £10,000 or more made by an individual, group, foundation or corporation in support of a specific area. Major gifts are often bespoke arrangements between the donor and School and can come in many forms. They are often pledged over a number of years to be most convenient to the donor. In recent years, major gifts to Charters School have taken the form of alumni donations to the Maine Centre, and staffing costs to support vulnerable students by the Sunninghill Trust. Local company, Diversified, donated and installed audio equipment in the Wolfson Science Lecture Theatre and the Winston STEM Block free of charge. In the past, some major benefactors have chosen to remain anonymous.
Please contact our Marketing & Communication Officer for more details.
Sponsorship & Advertising
Local businesses are able to raise their profile within the wider community by sponsoring events, teams, faculties or minibuses at the School. Past sponsors have included Buckinghams Estate Agents, Orlando Attractions and Ascot Travel House who have each sponsored a minibus, Osborne Heath and Dormy House who have sponsored rugby and football teams and Gracewell of Ascot who has sponsored presentation evenings.
There are also opportunities to advertise in the School’s annual production and Gala Dinner programme.
Many alumni, parents and friends have participated in our careers activities and speakers programme to help our current students learn more about life beyond Charters School. Events include career advice and support including practice interviewing, speaking at events and lectures, offering work experience and providing mentoring opportunities. More details regarding Volunteering opportunities can be found here.