The Parent Teacher Association

We are fortunate at our school to have a PTA that is an important and integral part of the school community for over 20 years. In its time, the PTA has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.

Our PTA is about much more than simply fundraising. The PTA exists to provide closer links between home and school and is an excellent way to bring parents together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is a great way to meet new people, make friends and have fun. All parents 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 Speen School PTA when their child joins our school. As a small school every contribution makes a real difference.

Links with the Community

As a village school we have developed strong links with the local community and are always well supported by both residents and businesses, for which we are very grateful. Speen Stores is a great supporter and we have received grants from the Shop Fund regularly, for eg to refurbish the School Library. Many local residents support the school through attending PTA events, listening to our children read, or giving time and donations. As many are ex-parents these events enable parents to keep in touch. The PTA also has a regular article in the Village magazine.

Role of the Committee

Our PTA committee consists of three Officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Over recent years there has also been a Vice-Chair to provide further support. Year group representatives are also elected and play an important role. The Committee meet once a term, in the evening at the school. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend the termly meetings. Smaller working groups meet as necessary when larger events are planned.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our Annual General Meeting is held in September at the beginning of the academic year and provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of the PTA, the events we 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 year group representatives.

How we raise money

Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. We have a range of events that have become a ‘tradition’, but over the years there have been many different events. We are always on the look out for new ideas. Some of our most popular events are:

We raise money in other ways too. Donations from parents are extremely important. You can donate time, money, items for sale, raffle prizes and auction lots or offers of services and skills.

We arrange and sell a DVD of the Christmas Play, organise and sell Christmas cards and gifts created by the children, arrange for a local professional photographer to visit, amongst other things.

Other Roles of the PTA

The PTA also supports the children in raising money for external charities. For example last year Parent volunteers organised activities for Children in Need, Sports Relief, & Macmillan.

We also support the school by providing refreshments at events. For example, at the annual Sports afternoon, after the Christmas Play and at the village Cross-Country event, some of which are fund-raisers.

Following requests we also keep stock of donated second-hand uniform and hold an informal sale twice a year.

How we spend the money we raise

PTA funds are spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences even more fulfilling and exciting. Funds can be spent on large items such as the Sensory Garden or IT equipment or on small items such as new balls for the playground, as well as many items in between. The PTA provides the coach travel for school trips, which has given the pupils the opportunity to attend events at the Royal Albert Hall or to enhance topic work by visiting The Chiltern Open Air Museum, for example. We also support the Annual art, music and drama event called SpeenFest by providing resources and enabling external artists to share their skills with our children.

How you can get involved

There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTA.
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. 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 etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive. These days everybody is busy and a shared workload across such a small school really makes the process more enjoyable.

If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Year Group Representative or Committee Member. Or you can simply support the team by attending PTA meetings and giving us your ideas for fundraising events. This is also the time to ask questions or voice any ideas you have.

You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use. Everything is potentially valuable to us.

And finally, we are always extremely grateful to receive donations as mentioned before.

What the PTA means to our school

From the Governing Body:

“The PTA is an essential part of our school. Everyone’s contribution is highly valued. Financial support enables us to create a richer learning environment for our children e.g. the development of the sensory garden and improvements in the library. These would never have happened without the incredible support of our PTA. The wide variety of social functions allow parents to get to know one another in a more relaxed setting. The children see their parents and the school staff working together for their benefit. They appreciate this united effort and it adds to their feeling of security and fun. Our school would not be the lively and welcoming learning environment it is without the enthusiasm, commitment and hard work of our PTA.”

Our Headteacher:

“I am totally overwhelmed by the support and dedication of the PTA. PTA activities not only provide us with exciting social events, but also raise funds which help to give the children such an enjoyable education, through new resources and experiences. Our PTA has achieved so much!”

Other ways you can help:

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Another way to help is through signing up to an ethical lottery https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/speen-school/supporter
For as little as £1 per week you will be entered into a weekly draw to win
1. Prize fund within the Speen School PTA lottery community and
2. also be in a chance of winning the weekly prize draw of £25,000. Your chances of winning are higher than in the National Lottery. Two chances to win from 1 ticket purchase.

Thank you for all your support.