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Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust

St Joseph's First Giving Day

We’re delighted to announce that our recent Giving Day – the first we’ve ever hosted at St Joseph’s – exceeded all expectations in raising more than £6,000 (£6,300 including Gift Aid) for the school!

Thanks to the enormous generosity and support of our parents and wider community, we beat our initial target of raising £2,000 in the first few hours of the launch. This prompted Executive Headteacher Mrs Wyatt to increase the target to £5,000 for the 36-hour event, which featured a coffee morning, mufti day and even a competition which pitted teachers against pupils – with the pupils emerging victorious! 

St Joseph's is one of the first state primary schools in the UK to put on its own Giving Day, enabling the school community to help the school continue to prosper at a time when state funding for primary education is under significant pressure. All funds raised will be reinvested into the school through the ‘It Takes a Village’ Fund.  

The enthusiastic response to our Giving Day exceeded all of our expectations, with a magnificent 85% participation rate from across the school community.  Additionally, following the campaign push, some parents have committed to making a monthly pledge, which are transformative for the school. 

We are so thankful to have such a committed community who continue to show so much support for St Joseph's and are incredibly grateful for everyone who got involved in our Giving Day, whether donating directly to the Fund or spreading awareness about the event. 

The funds will go a long way in providing the pupils with resources and opportunities that will enrich their educational experience - and it is all thanks to you, our wonderful community.

From all of us at St Joseph's: thank you so very much.