Struggling school asks parents to supply toilet roll

Around £500 worth of goods were donated by parents

Cash-strapped school asks pupils to bring toilet roll

A cash-strapped primary school has asked pupils to bring their own toilet rolls.

Parents at the school have been sent a letter requesting donations of 'non essential' items. This includes glue sticks, pencils, sellotape, envelopes - and even loo roll.

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In an earlier letter headteacher Laura Cooper highlighted toilet paper as an expense which must be "rigorously monitored".

She wrote: "The cost of resources such as toilet rolls now has to be rigorously monitored alongside the progress and achievement of the pupils."

In her most recent letter Laura added: "We will be holding a non-uniform day on Thursday - instead of donating money we would like the children to bring in various 'essential' items such as stationary (e.g. glue sticks, pencils, blutack, boxes of tissues, sellotape etc) and of course loo rolls!"


The letter asking for donations sent to parents of children at St John's Primary School


Tables covered in donations of school essentials which were gifted to St John's Primary School

Nick Harvey, whose sons Felix, eight, and Leo, five, attend the school, arrived armed with several packets of toilet paper.

He said: "I was shocked when I got the letter. To me the education of my kids is the most important thing. It is the little extra supplies that are required that help.

"Without resources, without toilet rolls, pencils, glue sticks, paper, our children can't be educated. We can't continue like this."


Tables covered in donations of school essentials which were gifted to St John's Primary School

The appeal was sent out to parents at St John's Primary School in Crowborough, East Sussex.

The school, rated 'good' by Ofsted, had 210 pupils enrolled and was praised by the education watchdog for "a very strong family-orientated culture."

Mrs Cooper said: "The parents have been really supportive with children bringing in things, then we are not needing to spend money on those items and can direct money into specialist areas.


Parents have been donating loo roll to the school

"We can enhance extra-curricular activities, we don't charge for after-school clubs because we want things to be inclusive.

"I have been here quite a long time, for me it is a shame that it has got like this. I just think it is really hard doing the job we are expected to do."

Around £500 worth of goods were stacked up on a table in the school as parents took the message to heart during their weekly grocery shop.


Tables covered in donations of school essentials which were gifted to St John's Primary School

Staff at the school provide their own tea and coffee in the staff room to help manage the budget.

Chairman of the governors Jason Sadler said: "Everyone has been shocked, it's not just 'poor St John's', it is all schools - real-term cuts are causing a massive problem.

"I think a lot of parents aren't aware, it is designed to really shock people, to remind them that loo rolls and soap don't just appear in the toilets, they have to be paid for."

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