The Russell School

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Forward Fund

Pupils at The Russell School benefit from an innovative and stimulating curriculum, dedicated staff and a strongly supportive community. We continually strive to further enhance and improve the high standards of provision for our pupils, with inspirational learning opportunities, enabling all pupils to reach their full potential.

Our school budget continues to be placed under considerable pressure in the current financial climate and government/local authority funding alone will not allow us to do all that we would like. As a result of this, schools are increasingly seeking additional financial support from parents and other supporters.

The purpose of the Forward Fund (which is a registered charity for HMRC) is to enhance the pupils’ educational experiences whilst at the Russell School. All of the money voluntarily donated to the fund will help to add to the resources and opportunities on offer for the pupils at the school.

Every donation made to The Forward Fund will move the school one step closer in achieving its ambitious aims for all pupils.

So far, donations have enabled children to benefit from Coding workshops and specialist music provision across the school.  The next wave of funding will create an outdoor learning classroom in our woodland area, to bring learning to life across the curriculum.  We are currently approximately £3000 short of funds for this project, so please make a donation if you would like your child to have access to this resource as quickly as possible. 

Your donation to the Forward Fund will have an immediate and lasting impact on our pupils. Not only will you help to maximize their ambitions and aspirations for the future, you will also contribute to the enrichment of the educational experience they will receive.

If you would like to make a one off donation to the Forward Fund or set up a regular standing order, please visit

For payments by cheque please make cheques payable to ‘The Russell School Forward Fund’.

For payments by standing order please complete and return the form here.

In both cases, please complete the Gift Aid declaration.

Please return all forms via the school office addressed to The Russell School Forward Fund marked Private and Confidential

 How the Forward Fund has been used to enhance provision at The Russell School:

  •  The outdoor classroom is now completed and on behalf of everyone, I would like to say a very special thank you to Mr Bailey who worked tirelessly on the construction over the summer holiday. A celebration assembly was held on Monday 1st October to officially thank Mr Bailey.  Staff received training on outdoor learning during the Inset day in October and are looking forward to putting the new outdoor learning resources to use.  Teachers redesigned the curriculum for all year groups during the summer term last year to build in outdoor learning links across the curriculum.  This exciting new initiative would not be possible without the generous donations that were made to the Forward Fund.  Thank you to everyone who enabled this project to be brought to life.
  • Our children continue to benefit from individual and paired art therapy sessions.  All  classes have taken part in whole class 'Making Art' sessions with our therapist to explore feelings and identity.
  • We currently employ a specialist music teacher to teach the music curriculum to each class for half a term across the year.  Funding also provides a school orchestra.