DESPITE the hard work and perseverance of students and staff, Sutton High continues to struggle to achieve specialist status in the performing arts.
The £50,000 needed by March next year will not be raised unless businesses, organisations and the public put their hands in their pockets.
The school has written more than 100 letters asking for support but, according to head Chris Needham, the response has been apathetic.
The coffers currently contain a meagre £8,000, despite numerous fundraising events.
These include dance students performing slick moves in sub-zero temperatures at Cheshire Oaks and encouraging shoppers to donate to the worthy cause.
If the school manages to raise the required cash, Government funding of £120,000 over four years will be provided.
And the school is keen to stress the benefits of specialist status would be numerous and would extend to thousands of people in the town, including other schools, toddler groups and disabled organisations.
Big showcase events would be held at the school on a regular basis, expert tutors would be employed and a cafeteria would be built, as well as the latest studios, lighting and sound facilities and a reception area.
As an added bonus for the many local bands in the borough, much-needed practice rooms would be provided.
Mrs Needham said: 'The amount collected so far is creeping up slowly and there have been a few people who have been quite generous.
'But the big companies haven't helped us at all, which is a shame when you consider the students are working so hard to raise all the money they can for such an exciting bid.'
Dancing for a couple of hours at Cheshire Oaks has been beneficial, but has only raised about £200 on each occasion - slow going when the school needs to raise £50,000.
Before the Christmas holidays, students are putting on a performance of Moulin Rouge in the hope of pushing towards the £10,000 mark.
The first performance is tonight and there will be another tomorrow night.
The fun begins at 7pm and tickets cost £2 for adults and £1 for children.
If you can help Sutton High achieve its aim, phone the school on 0151 339 4807.