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Christchurch Cathedral School and Classlist pioneer new fundraising approach raising £1,660 for the school

Classlist co-founder Clare Wright, together with Oxford business leaders Katharine Clark of Summertown Style and Fran Cundy of Liscious Interiors today presented a cheque for £ 1,660 to Christ Church Cathedral School Headmaster, Richard Murray.

Classlist is now the largest private social network for school parents, snowballing since 2015 with over 1,500 UK schools registered. Classlist is free to users and supported by local sponsors. Christ Church Cathedral School, an independent school based in Oxford for children between the ages of 3 and 13, were an early Classlist adopter with a strong vision of using new technology to build parent engagement. Well over 90% of parents are now active school community participants through Classlist’s platform.

Maria Blick, a former member of the school’s Parents’ Association became a nationwide leader in using Classlist’s innovative revenue share scheme, where PTAs which introduce local sponsors keep 50% of the proceeds. This win–win model, where local businesses partner with the Parents’ Association to raise funds and give parents visibility of their services, has enormous potential.

Maria commented: “When I was asked to become Chair of the Parent’s Association at Christ Church Cathedral School, I said that I would accept so long as I was able to roll out Classlist! Since its introduction Classlist has improved communication between parents, saved a huge amount of time and, of course, enabled us to raise money.”

Classlist founders Susan Burton and Clare Wright commented: “We’re thrilled to see Classlist making parents’ lives easier at Christ Church Cathedral School, and the Parents’ Association taking advantage of what can be a hugely powerful fundraising tool at any school.”

Katharine Clark of Summertown Style commented: “My son has been a pupil at Christ Church for the past four years. I am very happy to be contributing to the school’s Parents Association through Classlist and it is nice that I get to see how it benefits the school. Classlist has raised the profile of my business and it is fun styling and helping many of the mums.”

Fran Cundy of Liscious Interiors commented: “It has been a privilege to be invited to work with Classlist throughout the schools in Oxford. I am looking forward to a happy partnership. The added incentive of a donation to the PTA makes it all the more worthwhile. Keep up the good work.

Background Notes:

About Christ Church Cathedral School:
In 1546, when Henry VIII founded Christ Church and its Cathedral, he made provision for a number of boy Choristers and a Schoolmaster. From this royal beginning has grown the present school which took its current shape with the building of the 3 Brewer Street site. The school has three departments: the Nursery (for boys and girls aged 3-4) housed in Cardinal Wolsey’s former residence; the Pre-Prep (for boys aged 4-6) and Prep (boys 7-13).

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