Projects we are currently fundraising for:

17-seater minibus – our existing minibus is 17 years old and getting expensive to maintain.  It also doesn’t comply with Government ULEZ standards so incurs charges if driven in the ultra-low emissions zone.  Only older staff with D1 on their driving licence are able to drive the bus so we would like to replace it with a 17-seater minibus light which can be driven on any licence.  Cost £45,000.

Replacement 7-seater school car– this car is used for taking small groups of students to activities and in the evenings in our residential provision.  Cost £35,000 for a 7-seater Peugeot or similar.

Classroom interactive whiteboards – the majority of our boards are over 12 years old and will soon need replacing.  Cost 7 @ £2600 each (including installation).

Accelerated reading programme – additional books required to support the students reading.  Cost £350.

Replacement laptops – to support students with their learning each classroom has a small number (2-4) for students to use and some students have their own laptops funded by Pupil Premium.  Another 20 laptops would enable us to offer more students laptops to support their learning.  Cost £9,500 (includes configuration).

An office pod– we are very short on spaces for students to work in small groups but have a lot of space in the school grounds.  An office pod would provide much needed additional workspace.  Cost £50,000 (including installation, lighting etc).

Fire pit – we run a Forest Schools programme in our grounds where students learn bushcraft skills etc.  A firepit shelter would enable us to have campfires in all weathers to teach students outdoor cooking skills.  Cost £12,000.

Fundraising Update

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the school this year with donations or funding.

The cost-of-living crisis has seriously impacted our already under-funded budget, especially through the colder months when our energy bills went through the roof.

As a Surrey County Council maintained school our funds do not stretch to non-curricular projects which is why we – staff and students – are always so grateful for any support we receive.

The new Art Room, funded by the Combe Bank Education Trust, has been a huge asses to the school and continues to provide our students with a bright, stimulating creative space for their studies as well as a Tutor Room.  Miss Grant, our Art Teacher, has spent a lot of time and effort improving the garden area around the building and the outdoor furniture (provided by the Ladies’ Captains Charity at Limpsfield Chart Golf Club) gives the students the opportunity to study outside.

Our reading intervention programme (introduced last Autumn) continues to be in place, producing encouraging results with thanks to funding from the Link Porter Trust who really stepped in generously when we needed funds for a new library of books to support the programme.

A big thank you also to Paul May who successfully pitched funds for the Grange at a local business dinner.  We now have access to The Day, an online newspaper specifically for young people and now an asset to the whole school community.

We are delighted to report that we now have Equivalency Determination Certification through NGOsource which means we can apply for and accept international funding.  This is a really exciting development for the school and we are extremely grateful to the Hillman Fisher Foundation for enabling the process for us.

Thank you also to everyone who has donated goods to the school – in particular to Gillian Martin from Howden Speciality who has supplied the school with book bags, water bottles and an iPad when her business contacts have been going through re-branding exercises and thank you also to Manoj Patel of Oxted Colour Printers who recently generously donated supplies of stationery.