Welcome to East Sheen Primary School Parent Teacher Association
What is the Parent Teacher Association?
Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was formed in 1972 just after the school was badly damaged by fire. We are a registered charity (no. 273295) and members of The National Council of Parent Teacher Associations.
The PTA has two core roles:
• To raise funds using a range of fundraising events to purchase items that the school would otherwise be unable to provide.
• To help develop and sustain positive relationships between all parents and between parents and teachers. We do this with social events and a whole variety of consultation opportunities.
Our PTA can be proud of their achievements. Research shows that on average a school PTA will raise £10k per annum versus ESPS PTA £40k per annum.
Over the last few years our main achievements have been to fund:
£50k to refurbish Junior Toilets (2018)
£7.5k towards Green Wall initiative (2018)
£6k to purchase new PA and Audio Visual system (2018)
£4k to Astro Turf the grass between Reception and Year 1 (2017)
£8k for 30 new iPads (2016)
£5k for Reception climbing frame (2016)
£17k towards re-stocking the junior library (2015)
£40k for the music lodge (2014)
Alongside smaller projects such as providing numeracy support, replenishing art supplies, buying playground and sports equipment to mention but a few.
During 2017/18 our main fundraising events raised:
Christmas Fair - £12,683
Family Football Festival - £370
Fun Run - £1,179
Green Disco - £2,151
Summer Fair - £14,442
Tough Mudder - £5,407
The PTA is more than just a fund raising charity. We also organise non-profit making events just for fun! In addition, we are a conduit for observation, comment and communication from all parents and teachers. It is our aim as a PTA to ensure that all parents feel that they have a voice in the school and can contribute to its success.
The PTA, like the school, actively encourages parent feedback and suggestions. Parents can do that via their class reps or direct to any member of the PTA. There is also a meeting with the Headship Team co-ordinated by the Class Rep Co-ordinators to discuss any concerns or suggestions.
Who is a member?
By default all ESPS parents are members of the PTA. The PTA has a committee of volunteers including Co-Chairs, a Secretary and Treasurer and is always looking for new committee members. The President of the PTA is Liz Page and there is always at least one teacher representative, currently the position is held by Dawn Clacher.
Parents/Carers do not have to be a committee member to get involved or attend PTA meetings. All opinions are heard. The chair will also always communicate a written opinion to those attending a meeting on any subject.
We also have a group of PTA ‘supporters’ who help on an adhoc basis. So if you have a particular skill that could help that is great. Artists, event management, musicians, web experts, marketing communications, PR – you name it; we’ve found a use for it! Equally if you can pour coffee, count money or move furniture we would be happy to add your name to our supporters list. The more we can spread the load the easier for everyone – so please do let us know what you would be happy to do.
The PTA recognises how much the families of our pupils give to the school: helping in the class-room, baking cakes or donating something for the tombola to name just a few. Without this help the PTA would not be able to offer so much to meet the needs of the children in our school. We thank all those who so generously give time to the school and look forward to working with you across the following school year.
The 2018 AGM will be held on 30th October and information will be shared with parents about the work, finances and funding plans for this year.
Please contact us for any further information firstname.lastname@example.org or via your Class Representatives or the School Office.
Louisa Platt and Margie Payne
Co-Chairs ESPS PTA