Why do parents have to pay fees?
Emmanuel school was formed by a group of parents who wanted a Christian education for their children. In order to be independent of the state system and have full curricular freedom they realised that they would have to provide funds to rent premises, pay teachers and provide materials. Emmanuel school thus has a scale of fees payable by parents to fund the school.
In 2011 Emmanuel school started to receive funding for nursery places and also receives support from private individuals and charities.
If I volunteer to work in the school, can that contribute towards any fees?
In an ideal world, yes, but because of the need to pay teachers and other staff, we need to have an income stream to provide for that. There is also an issue regarding benefits in kind which would be taxable, so we cannot accept contributions in kind.
Your website talks about being able to get help with fees. What help can you offer?
Our desire is to welcome all we can cater for, where there is an understanding of what we are about, and a heart to come. We believe that it is right for the school to offer support to families who cannot afford the full fees. However, since the school has no source of income for this purpose, such support is not always available. We have experience of working this through with families, and suggesting how they can generate extra income.
Mrs Ann Kendrick, the school manager, is the person to contact about this.
What can I do to help the school?
Pray: Although we run as a business, Emmanuel school is a spiritual organisation recognising that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1.17 In the fifteen years of the school’s existence many good gifts have been received, in terms of funding and personnel. Your prayers for the school, its pupils, staff, and managers are appreciated.
Practical: Volunteer. The school community is enriched by a number of individuals with specific skills who have donated their time and expertise to significantly augment the learning experience of Emmanuel school pupils and enhance the smooth running of the school. If you would like to offer yourself in this way, please contact Mrs Ann Kendrick, the school manager.
Publicise: Not everyone has heard of Emmanuel school and what it offers to the Christian community. As part of school life we have events to which members of the public are invited, and open days are held from time to time. Pupils are also involved in learning projects in the community. Staff are available to speak at churches and Christian groups about the school and what is seeks to offer. Please feel free to share our website address www.emmanuel-walsall.co.uk with others.
Do I need to be a Christian to send my child to Emmanuel school?
We see our primary objective as serving Christian parents: however, we welcome anyone who is willing to work with us and wholeheartedly support our Christian aims and ethos.