Clifton Diocese’s Involvement

St Thomas More is a Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School which means that we are not owned by the Local Authority (Gloucestershire County Council) but by the Clifton Diocese based in Bristol.

In Voluntary Aided schools, the Local Authority meets the cost of staff salaries, books, materials and internal maintenance work, as well as overseeing educational standards.  The Governors of Voluntary Aided schools have responsibility for appointing staff, formulating school policies and maintaining the exterior of the school building.

To cover the high cost of building repairs, the Governors obtain an approved grant of 90% of the expenditure from the Department of Education and Science and the remaining 10% is met by the Diocese.  It is as a result of the Clifton Diocese’s involvement with St Thomas More Catholic Primary School that the school has been able to undertake the major refurbishment of classrooms and facilities in the 2010/2011 academic year.