For the Schools Participatory Budgeting Scheme there will be £100,000 allocated per year, to be split across the three school terms

New funding scheme for Royal Borough school projects

The Royal Borough has introduced a scheme that will enable residents to vote for their school or a school of their choice to receive funds for specific projects.

Called the Schools Participatory Budgeting Scheme, its premise is similar to the successful Neighbourhood Participatory Budgeting Scheme that has given £179,100 of funding in the five years since it was introduced.

For the Schools Participatory Budgeting Scheme there will be £100,000 allocated per year, to be split across the three school terms (approximately £33,000 per term). Schools can apply for up to £6,000 per round and the projects will then go to a public vote online.

The scheme will operate as a pilot for the first year, after which it will be reviewed.

The first round of the scheme started Monday 25 April. There are currently 12 school projects nominated for the first round and residents and schools can vote for their favourite ones until Friday 1 July.

The scheme is available to all state-funded schools within the borough and projects can be added to the voting round at any time.

From April 2016, all school-related applications will be submitted to the Schools Participatory Budgeting Scheme and will no longer be eligible for consideration under the Neighbourhood Participatory Budgeting Scheme.

To ensure the process is fair, school sizes will be taken into account. For example, The Royal Borough said it would be unfair if Charters with 1,707 pupils received more votes than Desborough College with 618 pupils and the different school sizes weren’t factored in. Therefore a pro rata system based on the number of pupils will be used and votes will be counted as a percentage.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for education, said: "Our schools are vital to everyone in the borough, whether or not they have children. They provide employment opportunities and a training ground for future employees.

"We are very pleased to be in a position to introduce the Schools PB initiative, to give even more funds to fantastic projects within our schools."

Deputy lead member for school Improvement, Cllr Ed Wilson, said: "It’s because of the popularity and continued success of the Neighbourhood Participatory Budgeting Scheme that we decided to introduce this one specifically for schools. We want residents to have a say on where this funding should go as they are best placed to know which projects in their community could really do with a boost."

For more information on the scheme.

Schools that would like to nominate a project for a future round should email:

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Wildmoor - Wednesday 11 May 10.30am - Meet at Wildmoor Heath car park, off Crowthorne Road, Crowthorne, RG45 7PP. Telephone 01344 354441

Virginia Water Lake, Windsor Great Park - 4.5 miles - Tuesday 17 May 10.00am - Meet at by the cafe at the Virginia Waters car park off the A30. Telephone 07733 820168

Nuptown to Touchen End - Tuesday 17 May 10.30am - Meet at the junction of Nuptown Lane and Hawthorn Lane, Warfield. Telephone 01344 354441

Rhododendron Walks - Wednesday 18 May and Saturday 21 May 2.00pm - Meet in the north car park, off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell RG12 2RX. Telephone 01344 354441



Windsor Queen of the Mountains Ride - Women only - Wednesday 11 May 9.30am - Meet at the Bishopsgate entrance to Windsor Great Park. Online registration

Berks On Bikes Intro Ride - Off Road, Swinley Forest - Saturday 14 May 10.00am to 12.30pm. Email


Parks & GardensBracknell Gardens
Gardens open to the public on behalf of NGS
Why: Three interesting town gardens, all completely different, and lovely local allotments.
When: Saturday 30 April 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: The Parks Community Centre, 8-10 Nicholson Park, Bracknell RG12 9NF

Hall Grove School
Formerly a small Georgian country estate, now a co-educational preparatory school. Mature parkland with specimen trees. Historical features incl ice house, old walled garden, heated peach wall. Lake, woodland walks, rhododendrons and azaleas.
Why: Live music at 3.00pm
When: Saturday 14 May 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: London Road (A30), Bagshot GU19 5HZ


Spring Tournament At Guards
Guards PoloWhat:
Guards Polo Club's first tournament of the year.
Why: A great warm-up for both players and ponies.
When: Tuesday 19 April to Sunday 8 May
Where: Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park. Telephone 01784 434212

Film Night - Friday 29 April 7.45pm - Community Centre, Virginia Water

Derren Brown: Miracle - Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 7.30pm - New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Ascot United Presentation Fun Day - Sunday 1 May from 9.00am - Ascot Racecourse, Car Park 7&8 off A330 Winkfield Road, Ascot SL5 7LJ

Car Boot Sale - Sunday 1 and Monday 2 May from 6.00am - High Street, Ascot

Winkfield Row May Day Fair  - Monday 2 May from 12 noon to 4.00pm - Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, Winkfield Row RG42 7PA

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Newt Surveys - Friday 6 May 8.00pm to 9.00pm and Saturday 7 May 9.00am to 10.00am - Meet at The Newt Reserve, Flemish Place, Warfield RG42 2FG. Telephone 01344 354441

Sunningdale Scouts Jumble Sale - Saturday 7 May 2.00pm -  Scout HQ, Sandy Lane, Sunningdale

Sunningdale Bowling Club Open Day - Saturday 7 May 2.30pm - Whitmore Lane, Sunningdale

Bracknell Half Marathon - Sunday 8 May 9.00am - South Hill Park

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That's Entertainment - Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 May - Theatre Royal Windsor


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Lauren- Ashleigh - Friday 29 April - The Stag, Ascot

The Old Avengers - Saturday 30 April 7.30pm - Jagz, Ascot

Whozdrivin - Saturday 30 April 8.30pm - Village Hall, Chobham

Alan West, Steve Black & Adam Sweet - Tuesday 3 May 7.30pm - Jagz, Ascot

The Triple Aces - Saturday 30 April 8.30pm - White Hart, Bagshot

The Miller Family - Saturday 30 April 9.00pm - Silver Birch, Bracknell

Uptown Traffic - Saturday 30 April 8.30pm - Cannie Man, Bracknell

Blue Haze - Saturday 30 April 9.00pm - Binfield Club

Jump The Gunn - Saturday 30 April 9.30pm - The Acre, Windsor

Gavin Thomas- Wednesday 4 May 8.00pm - The Half Moon, Windlesham

Counterfeit Stones - Thursday 5 May 2016 8.00pm  - South Hill Park

Andy Roberts - Thursday 5 May 7.30pm - Jagz, Ascot

The Thin White Duke - David Bowie Tribute - Friday  6 May 7.30pm - Jagz, Ascot

Hazel O'Connor - Saturday 7 May 8.00pm - Windlesham Club

Funklab - Saturday 7 May 7.30pm - Jagz, Ascot


John Mann, Goodbear (new sketch duo) and MC Jonathan Elston - Friday 29 March 8.00pm - South Hill Park

Comedy In The Brewery - Saturday 30 April 7.00pm - Windsor and Eton Brewery SL4 1SE

Addy van der Borgh, Yuriko Kotani, Lloyd Griffiths and MC Tom Webb - Friday 6 May 2016 8.00pm - South Hill Park


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