What is the PTA?
St James’ Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of pupils in the school by engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school.
The PTA is run by a group of parents and staff who all give their time on a voluntary basis to organise and run fundraising (and hopefully fun!) activities for those in our school community. The PTA meet approximately every six weeks. We welcome all parents and carers at the school to join in!
The funds we raise provide ‘extras’ for the school. On an annual basis, we provide things such as stickers and medals for sports day, birthday gifts, and weekly certificates. In addition, the school gives us a ‘wish list’ of items they feel would be of benefit. For example, we are currently raising fund to enhance the main playground with display boards, playground lines and multi-use games area.
Speak with one of the teachers if you’d like to join in or if you’ve a question about the PTA.
Our main fundraiser of the year is the Christmas Fair, where we have stalls selling goods, refreshments, and games to play. This takes place towards the end of the Autumn term – see the school calendar for the planned date. We hold events for the children throughout the year including movie nights, discos and the ever-popular bacon buttie mornings. If you have ideas for any other events, please speak to the PTA Chair, leave a message at the school office, or come along to our next meeting!
Other ways to fund raise
Please spread the word among your family and friends about these ways to raise money for PTA, so we can benefit our school!
We welcome donations of any amount to help achieve our aim of advancing the education of pupils at the school.
We always collect supermarket vouchers, such as those from Sainsbury’s Active Kids, Tesco Schools and Clubs and Morrisons Let’s Grow (and tokens like Nestle Box Tops for Books from cereal packets, too!). The school uses vouchers like these to buy new equipment for the playgrounds at lunchtime.
If you’d like to find out more about what we do, or become involved in the PTA, either as a committee member, trustee, volunteer at events, or even as Chair, you’re welcome to come along to one of the PTA meetings (ask the school office staff when this is). You would be very welcome and it’s a great way to be part of school life!