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Oakwood Park Grammar School, Maidstone, appeals to parents for money

By Ed McConnell

Oakwood Park Grammar is the latest school to appeal for donations in a bid to offset swingeing cuts.

Head teacher Kevin Moody wrote to parents last week explaining “hard decisions” had already been made in order to save money, with staff, subjects and resources cut

He is hoping to maintain services and standards with a cash injection of more than £50,000 from parents.

Headteacher Kevin Moody

Headteacher Kevin Moody

He added: “I remain, as do the governing body, passionate about the development and wellbeing of all our students and we will do all we can to maintain the highest standards possible.

“However I do now believe we are approaching a tipping point where we need to consider alternative areas of funding.”

Mr Moody asks all parents to contribute a minimum of £5 a month to a voluntary fund.

The fund, similar to those set up by a number of local schools, could generate £56,940 a year if all of the school’s 940 families signed up.

For this, the Tonbridge Road academy would be able to replace all the interactive whiteboards with the latest technology, refurbish the design and technology department and buy new GCSE text books for every department.

In 2015 Mr Moody urged parents to lobby the government for more funding and warned the school faced a “bleak financial future” after being forced to cut German, classical civilisation and Latin at GCSE and A-Level.

A number of other Kent schools have already set up similar funds, including Maidstone Grammar School which has been running one for several years.

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