Thank you to all of the parents and external companies/individuals who have supported us through fundraising and who have donated in the past, we hope that you will continue to support us.
For more details on the LeAF Studio Training Fund please contact:
Geoff Lake or Dan Evans.
What you need to do?
Please set up a standing order via your online banking app using the details below or you can download and complete a standing order form and return this to your bank. If you can, please do this and help us support your young people in their Specialisms. Thank you in advance for your support.
Bank Details for Standing Order
Bank: Lloyds Bank
Account Name: LeAF Studio School
Sort Code: 30-91-08 Account Number: 58638468
Reference: LSTF (student name)
What we are asking for?
All we ask is that parents commit to a monthly payment of at least £5 – that is just £1.25 per week, which for the level of training students receive in school still represents exceptional value. If every parent was able to commit to at least this amount it would give both Sport and Performing Arts a minimum of £750 each month to support the training they are able to deliver. Examples of planned spending include:
- New wheeled goalpoasts
- New team kits
- Updated gym equipment
- Professional training from external coaches
- Trips to professional clubs and facilities
- Subsidised trips and performances
- Professional workshops
- Summer production costs
- Black out curtains for the studios
- Acro mats
- Tap floor
- Mirrors for Bannister
We hope that you will see both the benefit and value in this new initiative, as we strive to provide the very best resources and experiences for your child.
Why we’ve launched the LeAF Studio Training Fund?
As we are sure you will be aware, education budgets have been severely impacted over recent years. Total school spending per pupil in England has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2019–20 and even though we are now full as a school, we are still facing some difficult decisions regarding how we support our students in the coming year. In addition, as a specialist Sport and Performing Arts centre we have a significantly higher outlay than most schools on equipment, professional coaches and training; all opportunities that would normally only be available in fee paying schools. With this in mind, we are launching a Training Fund to enable us to ensure that we can continue to provide the very best specialist equipment, training, coaches and experiences that our students deserve. Many schools are now, unfortunately, heavily reliant on parental support and we are no different in this instance. Where we are different is that this Training Fund will be reserved exclusively for supporting the Specialisms with whatever costs or resources they need. This would then free up the rest of the school budget to support the academic side of the school and other associated costs. We are asking that parents support this new Training Fund by committing to a small, regular donation to the school.
All monies received will be ring-fenced exclusively for the Specialisms and split equally between Sport and Performing Arts. The Specialisms will then be able to provide termly updates on what equipment and resources have been purchased to support the students, so parents will be able to clearly see the impact their contributions are having.