Non-public funds might be called something else in your school – for example:
- Private funds
- School funds
- Unofficial funds
- Governors’ funds
For ease, we’re using ‘voluntary funds’ in this article.
Check with your LA or the ESFA
Maintained schools should check with their local authority (LA) for guidance on spending their voluntary funds. A representative from the Department for Education (DfE) told us this.
Academies should contact the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for guidance if they have specific questions about how the funds should be spent.
Spending should relate to the reason the funds were raised
There's no central rule on spending voluntary funds, but any spend from any type of school should be defendable and proper.
For example, spending voluntary funds on a