Unusually for a PTA we don’t just put the money which we raise into the school coffers. We take on the extra work of directing the money to valuable and focused initiatives. To this end we give the school a tranche of money each year.
Our first spending priority is around school trips and enriching extra-curriculum experiences. We have made the following pledge: For as long as we have the money, no child will be left behind because their parents can’t afford to send them on a residential trip or to participate to day trips. Additionally from the traditional year 4 and year 6 residential trips and many day trips, the PTA has funded Shakespeare company theatre workshops, some of the Music Master tuitions, chicken and duck hatching nurseries, etc.
Our second spending priority is to invest in non-religious, inclusive events which bring the whole community together, such as The World Food Festival, The School Disco, The Festival of Lights or The Quiz Night (some these event are also fund-raisers).
Teachers and parents can come to the committee or the school leadership team with suggestions for enriching experiences for our children, or to put on a community-building event, for both children and parents. These events are always as inclusive as possible.