Friends of the Vineyard
We would like to welcome you and introduce you to the 'Friends of The Vineyard' (the Friends), a registered charity set up some years ago by a group of parents to provide a tax-efficient mechanism for receiving donations to the school.
Like most state schools, The Vineyard faces a challenging time financially. The extra features that help to raise the quality of our education and set The Vineyard apart from other schools come in increasingly large part from parent-funded activities - PTA fundraising and parental donations.
We need your support. We ask every Vineyard family to contribute annually a minimum £90 (or £7.50 through monthly direct debit), although many of our families generously choose to make monthly donations that far exceed this.
Each year, this fund contributes an additional £10,000 to £20,000 to the school budget. In recent years, donations made to the Friends have funded, among other things, dedicated Vineyard supply staff and provision of additional classroom teaching assistants, as well as upgrading our technology.
Please consider contributing to the Friends. You will need to fill out a Standing Order form and complete a Gift Aid* declaration, both of which can be found below.
All contributions to the Friends are entirely voluntary and confidential. Families should feel under no pressure to make a financial contribution. We recognise that Vineyard families contribute to the school in many ways other than financially and these are all much appreciated.
*Donating through Gift Aid means charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra. You must be a UK taxpayer for the Friends to claim Gift Aid on your donation and you must sign the declaration below to give us permission to do so.