Jewish schools request a regular voluntary contribution from parents. This is because government funding covers only the basic curriculum, so any additional features have to be paid for independently. In Jewish schools these additional elements have traditionally been salaries for teachers of Hebrew and Jewish Education, as well as items of Judaica.
We have a similar system at Eden Primary, designed to enhance the educational experience of every child in the school, whether Jewish or of other faiths or none.
In our case the contributions are intended to have a cross-communal impact. Since diversity is at the heart of Eden Primary, our voluntary contributions enhance not only the Jewish teaching but, on top of that, every part of our children’s education and the unique ethos of Eden Primary. We call it our ‘Quality Contribution’ since it enhances the quality of every aspect of school life, such as special events, music resources, playground equipment, library books, educational trips, outdoor education, resources for Jewish studies and Hebrew education, as well as staff with specialist skills, and many other aspects – including a percentage retained as a fund to help families in need.
The Quality Contribution is also a great way for everyone to become genuinely involved in providing their children with the best possible education, as well as supporting other families in our community.
It’s important to bear in mind that this voluntary contribution is exactly what it says: voluntary. No-one is obliged to contribute, and all children will benefit equally, whether their parents pay a QC or not.
The annual amount is calculated on the basis of projected school income, planned school expenditure and numbers of children in the school. For more information or detail about this please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.