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In the press: St George’s Weybridge and Classlist pioneer a new fundraising approach raising £1,175 for climbing wall

St George's Weybridge Cheque Giving
CLASSLIST IN THE PRESS

Classlist donation: St George’s Weybridge on the way to getting new climbing wall – The Surrey Comet

Ceri Richardson, Head of Business Development at Brooklands Hotel said: “We are thrilled to play a part in fund raising for St George’s Weybridge. Classlist has enabled us to raise the profile of Brooklands Hotel within the parent community at St George’s and we look forward to continuing a successful partnership.”

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Classlist co-founder Clare Wright, together with Weybridge business leaders Grant Letts of Curchods Estate Agents and Ceri Richardson of Brooklands Hotel, today presented a £1,175 cheque to St George’s College headmistress, Rachel Owens, and St George’s Junior School headmaster, Antony Hudson, helping to kickstart the PTA’s drive to fund a new climbing wall.

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. St George’s Weybridge, leading independent day schools in Surrey, 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.

Kelly Walsh from the schools’ 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.

Kelly Walsh commented: “Classlist has helped to build a close knit and engaged parent community at St George’s and being able to use it to raise money for the school by introducing sponsors is fantastic. Today’s cheque will kickstart our drive to fund a climbing wall for the new Activity Centre which will be opened in 2019 to coincide with the 150th anniversary.”

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

Grant Letts, Managing Partner at Curchods Estate Agents commented: “Curchods are delighted to be working with both St Georges and Classlist. The money raised is an extremely meaningful amount and any PTA would find the fundraising tool extremely beneficial.”

Ceri Richardson, Head of Business Development at Brooklands Hotel commented: “We are thrilled to play a part in fund raising for St George’s College. Classlist has enabled us to raise the profile of Brooklands Hotel within the parent community at St George’s and we look forward to continuing a successful partnership.”#

Background Notes:

St George’s College, Weybridge and St George’s Junior School, Weybridge are leading independent co-educational Roman Catholic day schools in Surrey offering a values-led education for all. St George’s celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019 and is going to celebrate this special anniversary with the development of a new Activity Centre for St George’s.

Classlist is the UK’s largest private social network for school parents. Classlist enables parents to connect with each other and share family information via a mobile app in a convenient, reliable and secure way. Since launching in 2016 hundreds of schools and tens of thousands of parents have signed up and are now using Classlist to make parent life easier every day.

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