Government budget cuts force schools to fundraise for new facilities

Hall Mead School and Bower Park Academy. Picture: Google Maps

Hall Mead School and Bower Park Academy. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Google Maps

Schools have had to resort to crowdfunding to raise money for new facilities due to government budgets cuts.

Hall Mead School, Marlborough Gardens, Upminster, has set up a Just Giving page asking for donations to replace all of the computers in classrooms, with the aim of raising £60,000 by summer.

On the page, it says: “Hall Mead has always managed its budget prudently and has prioritised recruiting and retaining the best teachers and maintaining our smaller class sizes.

“However, this has led to a reduction in our IT budget and many of our computers are now getting old and slow.

“To remedy this we have negotiated a deal to replace all the computers in classrooms but will need your help to finance this.”

Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Collier Row, has also set up a Just Giving page, asking for £25,000 to refurbish its South Hall, replacing the original curtains, a new lighting rig and sound system.

Assistant associate headteacher Eddie Aylett said: “We want teaching to be the best it can be, so additional spending is difficult.

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“If we can create a community project that all students, staff and parents can benefit from, then it has worked.

“We are on a journey to good and we will get there, with the help of the Bower Park family.

“Just Giving gives us access to current and past pupils at the touch of a button.”

As well as the fundraising page, the school is asking for DVDs and old mobile phone donations and students are auctioning off their work online.

A festival will also be held by the school during the summer holidays to raise money.

Mr Aylett said: “I have a passion for teaching and want to refurbish the hall, to show students amazing things can happen.

“We are on a journey and we want the community to be a part of this with us.

The hall is the centre of the school and by replacing the interior we can improve the mind set and aspirations of all pupils.

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