What is the PTA?
The abbreviation stands for Parent Teacher Association. Most schools have them. Their
purpose is primarily to fundraise for their school. However they also bring the school
community together through the events and activities they arrange.
Who are Barcombe School’s PTA members?
You! All parents, carers and teachers are automatic members; and we do rely on your support. Some of us have voluntarily taken a more active role in supporting and organising the activities of the PTA. We form a committee which currently (2017/18) comprises the following people:
Chairperson – Rachael Brown
Liaison with Mrs Force – Juliette Scripps
Treasurer – Zoe Douglass (We are looking for a new treasurer – if you can help please let us know!)
Secretary – Vacant
Class Reps: Hedgehogs – Sophie Paton
Squirrels – Saskia Birtwell
Badgers – Gemma Wales
Foxes – Jo Walker
Owls – Juliette Scripps
Additional Committee Members: Mrs Force (Head Teacher), Jacqui Tomsett, Gilly Shapiro, Charlotte Strong, Ruth Wallis, Anna Lane, Philippa Townsend
Meetings – what is the commitment?!
The Annual General Meeting of the PTA is normally held during the first school term
when committee members rejoin and when the posts of Chair, Treasurer and
Secretary are refilled. Notice is given to the wider membership via a letter in the book bags at the beginning of term
The committee then meets once a term; further meetings are arranged as and when necessary. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the PTA, please contact any of the committee. We’d love to hear from you! You can do as much or as little as you like.
Second Hand School Uniform:
The PTA co-ordinates the sale of second hand Barcombe School uniform. If you have
any unwanted uniform, please hand them to Gemma Wales or Saskia Birtwell or drop them off at the School Office. The PTA holds a sale every term – we will email you with details of dates and keep an eye out for notices.
We organize several fund raising events throughout the year:
The Christmas Fair
A curry and quiz night around Easter
A Summer event (usually aimed at the children having some fun!)
How has the PTA helped the School recently?
In 2016/17 the PTA contributed funds towards new sporting equipment, a visit from a Bollywood dance teacher, coaches for the KS1 trip to Paradise Park and KS2 trip to Herstmonceaux Observatory and Museum, hoodies and a circus workshop for the Year 6 leavers in conjunction with Hamsey and Plumpton schools. We also contributed approximately £3000 towards the refurbishment of the school’s playground.
Each class rep is responsible for obtaining, maintaining and distributing within the class, the contact details of parents new to the school.
For the reception year we hope to get a parent rep fairly early in the autumn term to start this process.
However, don’t worry, there is no obligation to share your details if you don’t want to.
Although it is very useful for doing the invitations to those parties . . . !
If you have any fund raising ideas you want to share, then please come and talk to us!
Also, if you have any exciting things you think will benefit the children, then please do discuss it with the teachers to see if it fits with the Curriculum and what they are teaching. If it does then the teachers can put through a request to the PTA via Mrs Force and we will see what we can do.