Welcome to our PTA
What is our PTA?
The PTA (Friends of Halsford Park) is a group of parents and staff who dedicate some free time to help, plan, organise fundraisers and events within the school throughout the year. As a parent in the school you are automatically a member of the PTA and you can get involved as much or as little as you like. It is a great way to get to know other parents and have a say in how we fundraise and support our school. We are a different set of parent to those that attend the School Forum which is designed to liaison between the school and parents on school run matters.
Why does the school need our PTA?
The fundraising events raise money for the school to pay for much needed ‘extras’ which are not provided by the school’s shrinking budget. Sadly the budget provided by the government is forever being cut. These ‘extras’ benefit all of our children and support their education, funds are raised for the good of all students from Early Years to Year 6.
Friends of Halsford Park is a registered charity which enables us to receive charitable donations from local and national companies. We can also apply for gift aid, give as you live and match funding schemes. Our charity number is 1103845.
How your PTA works
How is the money spent?
The money we raise goes towards buying new equipment for the school, subsidises school trips and helping fund major school projects. We have purchased learn pads and sports kits and most recently we have bought new playground tables and benches and a new PA system for the KS2 Hall. We are currently raising funds for the redevelopment of the existing playgrounds. On an annual basis we provide funds and organise an Autumn Family disco, a Summer School disco, Christmas lunch with crackers, Christmas decorations, Easter Eggs, T-shirts for the Windmill Hill trip, Sports day ice lollies, Year 6 Leavers gifts and more.
What happens at meetings?
We chat, we decide how the money is raised and how it is spent. We discuss ideas and organise the events and when the school needs us to help out. Head of School and a Senior Teacher are usually present so we can ask in general sense about matters concerning the school, there may be a wish list or a request from the children. We meet in the Staff Room after school and a crèche is provided. Event planning meetings are held in a local pub in the evenings. If you have any suggestions or ideas and/or would like a say in how money is raised and spent, please come along to the meetings.
How we get information to you!
Parentmail – monthly emailed newsletters, Notice Boards in the playground and Facebook groups ie Friends of Halsford Park. Most year groups have facebook pages, please see your year rep for relevant info.
How you can help
Friends of Halsford Park are extremely short of active members. Some year groups are without a Rep. The PTA are struggling to provide regular events and without the involvement of more parents these events may not be able to continue. Please give some serious thought to getting involved or helping out just a little.
There are many ways you can help.
What the PTA means to our school
The Governing Body of Halsford Park are glad that we have such a dedicated and proactive PTA. We support their work in providing a range of activities and equipment that further enrich the experience of our children and our school community. It is a great way to get involved and have fun!
'They are really helpful.. if we need something they help us to do a fundraiser so that we can buy it'.. '..they care for the school and all the children..'
"Our PTA work very hard to raise funds to support a wealth of activities in our school and provide additional resources to supplement our resources to support teaching and learning as well as our inside and outside environment. Both the Summer Fair and the Christmas Fair are highlights in the PTA calendar which provide wonderful opportunities for children and their families to enjoy a really special day out.
Our PTA always welcomes new members, so if you are interested in joining us please use the contact information below."
President - Claire Spencer
Teacher Liaison – Paul Tippett
Committee Member – Jill Abbott
Chairman – Tom Whelan – (Year 1)
Vice Chair – Aimee Pike – (Year 1 & 3)
Treasurer – Tracey Poole – (Year 1 & 4)
Secretary – Claire Shelley – (Year 1)
Early Years Rep – Natalie Gibbs
Year 1 Rep – Terrie Lockwood, Debbie Wren
Year 2 Rep – Vacant
Year 3 Rep – Louise Bantock
Year 4 Rep – Vacant
Year 5 Rep – Melanie Ellis, Allison Phillips
Year 6 Rep – Vacant
Committee Members – Tom Cosens – (EYS),
Claire Tennent – (Year 1), Nicola Tarry (Year 1 & EY)