Since 2011, when the first school in our Trust opened, we have raised funds from parental donations in support of the Co-Curricular programme of the West London Free School.
Further to input from our stakeholders, we have embarked on an external fundraising programme to fund projects across all four schools in the Knowledge Schools Trust, with particular focus on those listed below.
The Development of our Primary Knowledge Curriculum - which has become a self-funding national programme adopted by hundreds of schools nationwide.
The World of Work Programme at the West London Free School - which provides high quality careers support and personal skills training to pupils in years 8 to 13.
Additional Maths and Literacy support for pupils in need at the West London Free School
The expansion of our musical excellence programme at the West London Free School to enable us to:
- send some of our best singers to the high end Rodolfus Choral Courses each summer. We would like to raise enough money to send up to ten pupils per year at a total annual cost of £7,000 (£700 per pupil).
- broaden our Rare Instrument Scheme which promotes the playing of the tuba, double bass, oboe, bassoon, trombone, marimba, alto flute, tenor sax and french horn. We've raised over £6000 for instrument purchases, from generous donations from the Thomas Cook Children's Charity and the EMI Music Sound Foundation. We aim to fund instrumental tuition for ten musically talented pupils per year on each of these rare instruments at a cost of £4,650 per year.
Hear about the scheme from the school's Director of Music, Ed Watkins
- fund an ambitious choral and orchestral Christmas production. In 2017 our choir performed Britten's Ceremony of Carols and the school orchestra accompanied a live screening of The Snowman. In 2018 our choirs and orchestra performed Vaughan William's Lark Ascending and the Five Mystical Songs. In 2019 our orchestra played live to a screening of Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. In 2020 we were able to live stream, via YouTube, performances by our string group, wind ensemble and choirs of Lessons and Carols! In 2021 our choirs and orchestra performed classics from selected video games. Our costs include venue hire - we often perform at St Paul's Church, Hammersmith, performance rights and music hire.
- stage high quality musical theatre productions every two years. Past productions include Oliver! (2013), Sweeney Todd (2015), Les Miserables (2017), Into the Woods (2019), Hunt (2022). The productions incur the costs of performance rights, venue hire, stage, set, costume and prop hire, totalling approximately £9,000 each year. Our most recent production was funded by a generous donation from the National Lottery. In future we would love to be able to stage a production annually.
Co-Curricular Activities for All at the West London Free School
We offer a rich and ambitious extra-curricular programme that is free at the point of use. While parents are asked to make a voluntary monthly contribution to fund the programme, not all parents have the financial means to do so. We aim to raise £10,000 per year to contribute to the shortfall that this brings ensuring that disadvantage is not a barrier to participation.
With no playing fields or sports halls onsite we incur significant costs in transporting pupils to to off-site locations including Dukes Meadows, Kings House Sports grounds, and Kensington Primary Academy where activities take place. The school has invested in mini-buses to transport pupils, seating between 14 and 16 pupils each, they are used both in curriculum time and for extra-curricular activities. The annual running cost of the mini-buses amounts to £6000. We would like to fund £2000 of these costs to cover their extra-curricular use. In addition we hire full-sized 53 seater coaches for transporting pupils in larger numbers. It costs more than £200 to make each journey in a full-sized coach. Over the space of a three term academic year we make at least ten trips per term for each off-site after-school sports club.
A bursary fund for activities week
To donate please visit http://www.knowledgeschoolsfoundationtrust.org/Make-a-Donation/
A set of recorders and ukuleles for Key Stage 1 at Kensington Primary Academy
The 'greening' of exterior spaces at Palingswick House, home of the West London Free School