Brookfield Primary School Fundraising

Brookfield School Community (officially known as Brookfield Primary School Association) is a registered charity, with the aim of enriching and supporting the education of all Brookfield children. It normally raises money through winter and summer fairs, bake sales and other events.

Brookfield Primary School, like many other schools across London, has had its government income cut in the last few years. This is because of flat education funding, increased costs, smaller class sizes and changes to the funding formula. Universal free school meals have also led to a reduction in pupil premium funding, which is linked to free school meal eligibility. Brookfield School Community is committed to raising as much money as possible for the school, which is why we need your help.

Each year it funds several trips for the children, the FAB project, music lessons and Forest School lessons and other learning resources. If you would like more detail, scroll to the bottom of this page for a breakdown and please do get in touch if you have more questions.

How can you help Brookfield?



Set Up a Direct Debit

You can set up a direct debit (or make a one off donation) via CAF Donate here. If you would like to amend an existing direct debit, please email treasurer@brookfieldsch.org.uk.

Donate Directly

If you’d prefer, you can donate directly via BACS. If you would like to make a regular or one-off donation, please email treasurer@brookfieldsch.org.uk to get the bank details.

Donate via PayPal

There are several projects you can donate to – please see this page.

Charity Gift Aid

Whichever way you choose to donate, please always select the Gift Aid option if you are a UK tax payer. As a charity, this means we can reclaim an extra 25% on any donation; furthermore, if you are a higher rate tax payer, you can personally reclaim an additional 25% on all gift aid donations via a self-assessment tax return. For PayPal and BACS donations, the form is here.

Pupil Premium

One of the most valuable things you can do for the school, if you are eligible (see this link), is to apply for free school meals. Currently the government will pay schools an extra £1,455 per year for every pupil which has been eligible for free school meals at some point in the past six years. So, even though all pupils now receive free school meals, it is still worth applying to help the school! You can apply on Camden’s website by clicking this link.

Easyfundraising

In addition to organising lots of exciting fundraising events, the school has also signed up to Easyfundraising. This will make it easier for people to donate money directly to the school.

By signing up to Easyfundraising, your purchases with over 3,000 shops and sites, (including retailers such as Ocado, Amazon and uSwitch) will mean Brookfield gets a donation every time you shop. You simply install a browser plugin and it works automatically when you go to a participating online retailer. Here’s how to do it.

And it doesn’t cost you anything!  Join up and ask family and friends to sign up too.

Every penny raised will help children at Brookfield and your generosity will make a real difference to the lives and education of children at Brookfield Primary School, now and in the future.

Thank you!

Where your Money Goes

When deciding what to fund, our main priorities are consistency and fairness across year groups, as well as reinforcing the school’s ethos. Most of these provisions have been funded for many years and benefit all the pupils in the school. Fantastic Arts at Brookfield (FAB), Forest School and Music have generally been prioritised as key parts of the school’s offering. Additionally, we normally fund smaller amounts of one-off spending each year, on resources which will last multiple years, such as books or woodworking equipment.

As a reference, these are the main expenditures for 22/23:

Fantastic Arts at Brookfield (FAB) – 100% Funded

Every year, the children vote on an arts project, led by an external provider. In recent years they made a film and had breakdancing lessons. Each class from Reception up, had 3 sessions in the 22/23 academic year, finishing with a performance to parents and carers. Nursery classes had two sessions each. 22/23 Funding – £7k

Forest School & Outdoor Learning Sessions – 20% Funded

Each class, from Nursery to year 6, has three sessions per year in small groups (of up to 15) with two members of staff, including a qualified Forest School teacher. These take place either in Waterlow Park or in our own Forest Garden. Additionally, each class will have one bespoke outdoor learning session per year on a theme relevant to their curriculum. There is also a lunchtime gardening club. 22/23 Funding – £7k

Music – 100% funded

The ever popular Tanya is at the school every Wednesday afternoon for Drumming classes, beginning with a 30 minute lunchtime club, followed by two hours of workshops. Every class from year 1 through 6 will have six workshops a year with Tanya. 22/23 Funding – £4.5k

Trips – 40% funded

We contribute a portion of the annual trips budget, which includes the year 6 week at Sayer’s Croft. The school also receives a direct contribution from parents for trips, but this is not enough to cover the entire cost. 22/23 Funding – £5k

Fruit for Year 3 to 6 – 50% funded

The government supplies free fruit to schools for younger pupils, but we want to support good diet and nutrition for all pupils so we are helping fund the cost of providing this for older pupils as well. 22/23 Funding – £3k