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As with many state maintained schools, The Blue has seen a significant reduction in its Government funding in real terms since 2010. Hopefully the 2018/19 financial year (commencing September 2018) will see the end of further cuts. As with many Somerset schools we are gaining back some of our historically lost funding through the phased introduction of the Government's new Schools' National Funding Formula, However, this will probably just help us to stand still, any additional funding received quickly used up by costs associated with wage and price inflation.
We are very grateful to the many of our parents/carers who already help us by paying voluntary contributions for trips and other enrichment activities involving their child. We continue to do all we can to ensure that students' learning experience and enjoyment of school is not impacted by the funding squeeze. But there is little or no money to do some of the nicer things that we would like to do - such as refurbishment work projects, new classroom equipment and furniture.
One of the best ways that our community can support the school is through subscribing to the PTA's Lottery. Anyone can join the Lottery - you do not have to be a parent of a student at the school or a member of the PTA. Drawn every quarter, for £12 minimum annual contribution the Lottery provides a possible win for those who join and a win for the school, gaining 50% of the funds collected. Increasingly the PTA uses this money to support the purchase of essential learning resources and equipment, aimed at reaching as many of our students as possible. In February, the PTA donated £8,500 towards the refurbishment of our Sixth Form Centre (to be opened in September 2018), providing enhanced study facilities for all our post 16 students.
If you are interested in helping the school to raise additional funds by taking part in the PTA's Lottery please click here for more information and a joining form.
Completed application forms should be handed in at Reception or posted to the PTA Treasurer, c/o The Blue School, Kennion Road, Wells, Somerset BA5 2NR. Parents/carers of current children at the school can also use their Tucasi Online Payments account to join up to the Lottery.
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