The PTA is a very hardworking group of parents and friends of Oxspring Primary School. They work together to support the school in its fundraising endeavours and Enterprise Projects. They make substantial contributions to the life of the school and all of our pupils benefit from the work which they do.
Welcome to Oxspring Primary School PTA
Thanks for taking to time to read about the important work we do.
Our PTA raises around £5000 each year through a variety of events, we organise coffee mornings , discos, and non-uniform days and much larger events such as the Christmas Fair and Summer Duck Race.
Why do we have a PTA?
We are fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is and has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time the PTA has raised many thousands of pounds, which have been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities. Our PTA however, is about much more than simply fundraising! It exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school. All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of the PTA when their child joins our school.
How we raise money
Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds, are raised through the events that we run. Our most popular events are the Christmas Fair and the Summer Duck Race but we run many other events during the year such as discos and Coffee mornings. We have also organised other events such as First Aid Training, Meditation courses and a fashion show. There really is something for everyone!
How we spend the money we raise
Following a fundraising event the money is banked straight away. It is at our PTA Committee meetings, in consultation with the school, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed. Usually, Mrs Irwin and the children will have a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like us to consider funding. A senior member of school staff attends every PTA meeting. The children are also frequently consulted about what they would like us to spend our funds on, usually through the School Parliament . At other times the money will be used for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment. The PTA funds are spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting. The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly. That way, you can be sure that in supporting our school, your child/ren will feel the benefit, along with everybody else. In the last few years we have funded new signage for outside school, given grants towards or to cover the cost of transportation to events, a visit from a Planetarium, drumming workshops, a £2000 grant towards new KS2 guided reading books. ‘Project Playground’ raised over £3000 for playground markings and equipment. KS1 reading books were replaced using a £2000 grant. We were also able to support the school with donations towards trips and experience days for the children. Each year we also give a significant grant to each class and to the School Garden. Our current fundraising project is ‘Programming Pupils – Making IT Happen!’ we are raising funds to enhance to IT provision within school.
Charity law requires voluntary organisations, such as ours, with an annual income in excess of £5,000 to register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. As a charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a governing document referred to as our constitution. Our constitution sets out the rules about how we operate as a PTA and how we conduct ourselves. If you would like to see a copy of the constitution, please contact one of the Committee members.
Role of the Committee
Our PTA committee consists of six Officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Secretary.
The current Officers are:
Chair – Jenny Sparrow Vice Chair – Hannah Goldingay-Jordan
Treasurer – Louise Godley Vice Treasurer – Julie Hodgson
Secretary – Lucy Hills Vice Secretary — Lisa Binns
The Committee meet on a regular basis usually once or twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held in November and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of the PTA, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members and class representatives.
How we get information to you
PTA information is usually sent home via the school’s newsletter or email and is also available via the school’s website. However our most up to date information on forthcoming events and dates, plus requests for assistance when we are planning large events can be found on our closed Facebook group ‘Oxspring Primary School PTA’. Following a PTA event, we always write to let you know how much was raised, and if we can, we will tell you what the money will be spent on.
How you can get involved
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA. Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school. There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets , even doing an online grocery shop! We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive. If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Committee Member. Or you can simply come along to one of our meetings (sometimes in the pub!) and give us your ideas for fundraising events. This is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion. You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us.
Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual Duck Race
The famous annual Oxspring Duck Race is held at Bower Dell in Oxspring each year and is led by the PTA to raise money for school.
2015 was the 25th anniversary of the Duck Race and we raised an incredible £3,200! The event continues to be a major fundraiser for our school.