Here & Now School Fund

Borlase Telethon 2017

The Borlase telethon began on July 3 2017 and since then alumni, parents and friends have been donating to the school. The telethon team are calling alumni and parents to keep in touch, share experiences of Borlase and seek philanthropic support for the school through regular gifts to the Here&Now fund. Students, alumni and parents have a lot to talk about – we try to match current students with alumni and parents that have studied a similar subjects (or their child has), played in the same sports at school or been part of the same club.

We are very grateful for all your donations and as a registered charity we are eligible for Gift Aid on donations from UK taxpayers.Thank you to all those who support Borlase. Your generous gifts help us to maintain our outstanding quality of education and to continue to aspire to an even greater future.

All enquiries please contact Ilona Cains at or on 01628 816519.

The Team

Borlase Telethon Team 2017

Josh Bojarzin, Alisdair Brady, Juliette Butler, Katie Fyffe, Toby James, Phoebe Mansfield, Emily Martin, Cameron Murray, Harriet Parfitt, Olivia Reed, Jake Smith, Dominic Tyler, Catrin Williams

Thank You

We are very grateful to all of our supporters – donations make a real difference to the student experience Here&Now at Borlase

Borlase Funding Facts

Using the latest data available, Borlase is the third worst funded secondary school (or academy) in England, on a per pupil funding basis. The national average (see this publication) per pupil is roughly £6000. At SWBGS in the same year (2016-17) it was roughly £4700. These figures give a good, but rough, way of estimating comparative funding. With just over 1000 pupils, if we were to receive the roughly £1200 per pupil extra, to bring is line with the average school, you can work out just how big an improvement we would experience.

Sixth form funding 5 years ago was funded not per pupil, but per qualification taken. In those days we received in excess of £5000 per pupil overall. Then the government switched sixth form funding to a per pupil basis, and made it a national funding formula, which is set at £4000. This meant that we lost roughly 25% of our Sixth Form funding.

Borlase is operating against the above background, but we continue to be even more ambitious. We keep adding more and more opportunities for our children – new activities, competitions, clubs, societies academic groups and, of course, improving facilities.

We continue to offer a rich curriculum with a wide choice of subjects. We continue to offer practical science as we consider this to be essential for learning and understanding; schools are having to cut these experiences, losing science technicians. We have reduced teacher non-contact to the legal minimum and our class sizes are very efficiently run . When we listen to colleagues, locally and nationally, talk about the savings their schools are making by for example, the increase in class sizes/ increase in teacher contact hours, we recognise we have already done all this. This obviously means we are asking fewer, busier people to run our many opportunities here at Borlase.

As one final statistic, the average pupil to teacher ratio across secondary schools nationally is, we believe, just below 15. At Borlase in September we calculate it will be almost exactly 20. That means, that in one very important measurement each of our teachers is doing 1/3 more per person than an average teacher nationally.

We are applying for grants for some of the facility improvements where we have a real need but when we do get these grants we have to make a contribution to the building costs, which means that paradoxically we are worse off, not better, financially. We are also not permitted to use these funds from grants on any operating costs.

This is why we are asking for help from our alumni and parents on this telethon, so that we do not need to cut back on our staff, the education we provide or the breadth of extra-curricular opportunities we give each student at Borlase.


Have you received a call from our caller team? We want to make sure our alumni and parents enjoy the telephone calls they receive from our callers.

If you have received a telethon call and would like to provide us with some feedback, please contact us at