Challenging Financial Times
This has certainly been the case in our decision making this last term, when IGS, like all schools nationally, has been faced with an increasingly difficult financial climate, and we have had to tighten our belts and look to make some key decisions about how we must do things differently and more cost effectively. Although this has been challenging and has meant some changes to the internal organisation of the school, we have prioritised our students’ experiences and I am very pleased that we have been able to manage our reducing budget effectively to maintain the same wide curricular and extra-curricular offer to our students across Year 7-13 moving into next year.
Our school budget now has very little flexibility left moving forward however, and as times in education are nothing if not uncertain - with a new Education Secretary, Prime Minister and Chancellor now in post as we move towards Brexit - we need to be prepared to be able to deal with any further economic difficulties that may come our way, to ensure we can continue to always protect our students’ educational experiences, so that IGS remains the exceptional school that it is.
IGS Fundraising Developments
We will therefore be looking to build on our independent fundraising efforts next year to set up a school fund where the community, alumni and parent/carers can make voluntary donations or give sponsorships to IGS, so that we may give ourselves some added financial security to enable us to continue to thrive.
Some examples of the ‘extras’ that IGS currently offers our students include the wide array of sporting, and creative clubs and opportunities as well as the organisation and co-ordination of our extensive trips and visits programme, including Challenge and Celebration week, which is pretty unrivalled in the local region. IGS’s commitment to offering our students above and beyond what they might experience elsewhere has also been rewarded this month with the school being awarded the School Games ‘Gold Mark’ for the first time!
We will be in touch with further details about this fund in the Autumn Term and hope you will be keen to find out more about how you can make a contribution, however small or large, to help support the future of IGS.