The PTA brings staff, parents and friends of the school together through a variety of fun social activities and events in support of the school.
We are fortunate at Long Crendon School to have a parent teacher organisation that is an integral part of the school community. Each year the PTA raises thousands of pounds that are spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities.
The PTA is entirely voluntary and relies on support from all parents to make our events, and therefore our fundraising, a success.
Regular meetings are held to plan the fabulous events and dates for these can be found in the calendar or on the weekly school newsletter.
The PTA Committee
Each year group has two parent PTA Class Reps who will attend PTA meetings and will liaise with the other parents over up-and-coming events, but everyone is welcome to the PTA meetings.
The PTA always welcomes new Committee members, helpers and volunteers to get involved to support our school. Everyone has something to offer… If you would like to join in with PTA events and activities, please contact your Class Rep or come along to the next PTA meeting.
How can I join the PTA?
By being a parent of a child at Long Crendon School, you’re already a member of the PTA! But what we usually mean by “joining the PTA” is becoming an active member, who regularly attends PTA meetings, is on the circulation list for minutes and agendas, and plays an active role in discussing how budget is spent to support the school. Joining is easy – just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When are PTA meetings held?
We try to hold a meeting every half term (so, every 2 months or so). They are not always on the same day, which gives those with regular commitments a chance to attend. They tend to be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, at around 7.30pm, in the Staff Room.
The first meeting of the new school year will be held in September 2019 – everyone’s welcome to attend, but your Class Reps are there on your behalf, so you can talk to them if you want to raise anything and can’t be there.
What sort of things get discussed at the PTA meetings?
We discuss the events that have happened since the last meeting – what did we learn, how much money did we make etc. We talk about forthcoming events – the status, who’s on the subcommittee for that event, who’s doing what etc. We review any funding requests from the school and decide as a group whether to allocate PTA funds to it.
We also discuss big-ticket projects that the school would like to do – such as refurbishing the IT suite or the library, and how the PTA might be involved with such a project. Some plans for the school are so complex and will affect everyone, so in these instances we might suggest a wider parent meeting so that everyone can have their say and be involved in the discussion.
What does being a PTA Class Rep entail?
Each year group needs to have 2 (at least!) Class Reps. This makes it more likely that one Rep will be able to attend any given PTA meeting. As well as feeding back minutes and notes from the PTA meetings and Class Teachers to class parents, Reps will also communicate upwards – feeding through questions or concerns from the parents in their class to the teacher or PTA. They will essentially act as point-of-contact for the year group, making communication simpler and more effective.
How else can I help my class and the school?
Teachers have often said that they’ve not worked at a school with so much support from parents! We’re understandably proud of how much help parents give to teachers, the PTA, at events and in the classroom. Foundation Class, particularly, offers many different ways to support the children, including but not limited to:
- Your time! Spending a few hours each week as a “class assistant” to help with activities, hearing readers, or volunteering to help at swimming lessons, Eco-Club or Forest School. We always need more volunteers! And of course, volunteering at fundraising events – selling sweets, marshalling runners, putting up decorations, designing leaflets. Every event has a tonne of small jobs that need doing, and we can’t run them without your help!
- Your stuff! Donating unwanted items or buying specific equipment – your teacher will probably have a list of things the class needs.
- Your money! Last year, Foundation Parents raised about £200 to buy new materials for the Playground – which was topped up with cash from the PTA budget. You can also set up a Direct Debit to help support the school.
- Free money! Register with easyfundraising.org.uk so that when you shop online via the app or website, the retailer you’re buying from will donate a percentage of your total order to the PTA – at no cost to you. Amazon Smile works on a similar basis – shop at smile.amazon.co.uk and look for Long Crendon PTA in the chosen charity box.
What fundraising events are held each year and how can I be involved?
Our biggest fundraisers are the Big Village Party, Fireworks night and the Christmas Fair. These usually bring in between £4-6k each and form the bulk of the PTA’s pot of cash for giving back to the school for educational funding support. We have been fortunate to be able to give £6k back to the school on a regular basis for IT and Maths licenses, but we also approve funding requests from teachers for other projects throughout the year.
Smaller events include the termly Cake Sale (an unforgettable experience), second hand uniform sales, school discos, film night, Quiz Night, sponsored scooter/bike ride, Circus, and Christmas cards.
We always welcome ideas for other fundraisers, and next year we hope to run a Comedy night and an open-air film night.
I work full-time – will this affect my ability to support the school?
It depends what you’d like to do. Some parents are not able to commit to regular help, but join a subcommittee for one of the fundraising events. That way they can support a small team with a few evening meetings, email conversations, particular tasks and then help on the day.
If you’d like to support the school but can’t spare time to help with event with a regular donation, you can set up a Direct Debit (click the Donate Now button).
What’s the difference between the Parent Council and the PTA?
As well as PTA Class Reps, there is also one Parent Council rep for each class. Where the PTA’s role is to primarily to raise funds for the school and allocate them appropriately, the Parent Council takes feedback about the school from parents in the class to the Headteacher. This feedback might be from the children on things like school dinners, or uniform, or it might be from parents about site safety, litter, or school processes.
Generally, if you have a concern or question about something specific to your class, that is best raised with your class teacher or the Headteacher separately.
For teachers: PTA Funding Request Form
To request funding from the PTA, download the PTA funding request form template and return it to us at email@example.com.