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Community Support

Non-Financial Contributions

The ethos of the school is one where the whole community becomes involved in the sustaining and maintaining the school as a beautiful educational experience for our children. The school relies on parents to provide some time assisting in the running of the school. Parents are encouraged to become involved in the various administrative groups, such as Public Relations, Maintenance, Gardening, etc. Of course parents with appropriate profession or trade skills are particularly easy to accommodate, but we can find a role for all willing volunteers! There are also many events and activities during the year where parents can contribute socially and culturally as well as materially to the community, either through personal initiative or as part of a group.

 

Voluntary Financial Contributions

The school strongly encourages parents to make additional financial contributions above the prescribed ‘fees’ towards the provision of educational resources and bursaries wherever possible. These are best made as ‘Gift aid’ donations.

We hope all parents will consider:

  • Gift aiding sibling discounts back to the school
  • Gift aiding a contribution towards an established bursary fund. This may be for a specific amount, or for say ¼ or more of the fees for a place in the school
  • Gift aiding contributions for specific purposes, such as specialist subject provision, equipment, etc.

Gifts of this nature, both small and large, are invaluable to us as they enable us to provide a better teaching and learning environment for our children, as well as allowing us to maintain a bursary system. Our ability to keep our fees low and access to Steiner education as broad as possible relies to a large extent on the generosity of those parents who are able to make donations of this kind.

Gift Aid Form (PDF)

 

Bursaries and Financial Support

Our ideal is that any child can have access to Steiner education irrespective of the financial resources of their family. As well as being committed to bursaries, we have looked into a number of sources of subsidy and financial support that may also be available.

Government subsidies and support

There are several ways you may be able to access external funding to cover your childcare costs. These include:

Early Years Subsidy (available to all pre-school children)

The school qualifies for Early Years funding and your pre-school child should be automatically entitled to this. More information.

Child Tax Credit (and related credits)

Pays up to 80% of childcare costs for working families. Means tested award, actual amount depends on family situation. More information.

Salary Sacrifice and Childcare Vouchers

Allows employers to contribute to early years and afterschool childcare costs of employees. Typically the employee asks for a salary reduction equal to childcare costs, and employer then covers these costs directly. The advantage is that costs are paid by the employer ‘pre-tax’ so the employee received an effective discount on childcare costs equal to highest tax rate paid. (Note: The employer also saves, as it doesn’t have to pay NI on this component.) More information.

 

Support from the School

Sibling Discounts

Sibling discounts will be available for children in the lower school (Classes 1-5), with a 20% discount for a second child, and 50% for a third child. Parents will be invited to ‘gift aid’ this discount to the school where possible.

Please note that sibling discounts are not available for children attending the kindergartens.

Community Support Bursaries

We are committed to providing bursaries for families with limited financial resources who are unable to pay the full fees required for their children to attend the school. These can take the form of either a reduction in fees payable, or a negotiated loan to cover fees.


If you would like to apply for a bursary, please read our Bursary Policy and then complete the application form (download links below).

You’ll then be invited to meet with a member of the bursary committee to discuss your financial situation and the contributions you are able to make. Advice on government and other subsidies that may be available will be discussed at the same time.


Please note that all bursaries will be reviewed annually, requiring an annual financial assessment (as above). All bursaries for next year will need to be applied for in this way. No previously agreed bursary will be rolled over into the coming year without a fresh application being made, as described above.