Parents and the PTA

Parents are as much a part of our community as the children, so we like to get you involved as much as possible.

Our parents come to class assemblies, plays and events such as information evenings and talks by staff and outside speakers. They also help out with reading, in the art room and on our many trips (once they have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, of course). Send us an e-mail if you’d like know more.

PTA hats at racenight

Our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) plays a central role in the school, organising fundraising and social events and providing a vital link between parents, staff and governors.

It is run by a committee, which meets at least twice a term. There are also a number of informal sub-committee meetings to organise events.

Events

Our PTA runs school-wide fundraising and social events throughout the year, with class representatives organising year-group events, such as coffee mornings and meals out. Recent examples include the Summer Ball (the last one raised nearly £11,000), a Royal Wedding street party and a fiercely-fought quiz night.

Other calendar favourites include the Strictly Dame B’s ballroom dancing contest for Years 4, 5 and 6, the biennial Summer Fair and the newly-introduced race night.

Most of the funds are used for school projects, such as the teaching garden, the dipping pond and our new minibus, as well as sports and play equipment. The PTA also raises funds for charity.

PTA members support other school events, too, serving refreshments after class assemblies and fixtures and on open mornings. Members also welcome children in the mornings to help with the drop-off system.

PTA shop

PTA members also contribute by running a school shop selling good quality second-hand school uniform and other items – our occasional skiwear sale is particularly popular with parents. The shop raises more than £1,000 every year.

You can sell your child’s outgrown uniform via the shop – the PTA receives 60 per cent of the profits, with the remainder going to the donor. If you want to help, volunteers are always needed to sort out uniforms; set up the shop and take money on sale days; and to deal with the accounts afterwards.

The school shop is open on two Thursdays each term, usually in the afternoon. But you can contact the school office at any time to arrange to see what’s available if you can’t get to the shop during opening hours.