PTA

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.

WE ARE ALL THE PTA. There is no need to “join” the PTA. There is a PTA Committee that organises some of how the PTA functions, but PTA meetings are open to all parents / carers, PTA involvement and ideas are open to all, and input into how the PTA should and can benefit the school and children should come from all of us.

Why do we have a PTA?

The PTA is an integral part of the school community. 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/carers 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. You don’t need to “join” anything, just come along to the meetings, have input, help out in any way. WE ARE ALL THE PTA!

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 things like Christmas Fairs and the Summer Duck Race, and we run many other events during the year such as discos, coffee mornings, clothes / toys / cake sales. The PTA would love everyone to come to the meetings and contribute ideas, or email in, or contact on the PTA Facebook Group.

“The Green” was transformed in 2019 into a multi-purpose space which has daily use and has enhanced sports, reading space, music events and bringing classes together.

All funds from events goes directly to the PTA bank. It is at our PTA Committee meetings, in consultation with the school, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed. Usually there is a large annual project that everyone is aiming towards, but it is crucial the parents / carers / PTA friends come together to have input on this! The school may have a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like us to consider funding and 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. Previous PTA contributions have been for a revamp of “The Green” to make it a multi-purpose area, large TV/Interactive whiteboards for the classrooms, new signage for outside school, given grants towards or to cover the cost of transportation to events, subsidising many school trips, ‘Project Playground’ raised over £3000 for playground markings and equipment, reading books and other funds to enhance projects within school. COME AND JOIN A MEETING AND HAVE A SAY!

Charitable status

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. Contact the PTA / School if you would like to be involved at the committee level.

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 can YOU get involved?

There are lots of ways you can help enhance your child’s / children’s school experience through the PTA.

Come to PTA meetings just to listen, or have a say on our activities.

Offer to help with events (before, during and after!)

Give your ideas at meetings, on the Facebook Group, to the PTA email, in the school grounds – anywhere at any time.

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 couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we get when we all pull together. WE ARE ALL THE PTA, not just a Committee. You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use, everything is potentially valuable to us. We all can work together as a PTA to bring that little extra joy to our children’s school day.

Thank you for your time in learning about the PTA and we look forward to seeing more of you!

School Motto: "Learn, Endeavour, Aspire, Respect, Nurture."