Parent Teacher Association
- Last Updated on 28 August 2016
The PTA at Shelford exists to facilitate and promote the community life of the school - something which is greatly valued by parents, teachers and pupils alike.
It arranges regular events throughout the school year, which are extremely well supported by the families and friends of the school and the village communities. During past years the PTA has organised Christmas and May Fairs, an annual Quiz, bike sales and a ball. This year we are also organising a disco for the children and a PTA Challenge event in the form of a sponsored muddy obstacle run for parents and staff to take part in.
Every parent or guardian with a child in the school and everyone on the school staff is automatically a member of the PTA.
As a key body of the school community the PTA at Shelford works to raise money towards projects and equipment which will benefit our children inside and outside the classroom, as well as to fund extra-curricular school activities. In 2012 the PTA committee agreed to commit a large part of our ongoing fundraising (£8,500 annually over an 8 year period) to pay for work undertaken to enable completion of the outdoor learning environment, one of the school's improvement priorities.
The PTA also assists at school functions such as the Carol Service and Community Concerts, and organises school ‘extras’ like school uniform sales and school photographs.
Who runs it?
The PTA committee is made up of staff and parent volunteers. As a registered charity, (No.1110813), committee members (elected at the Annual General Meeting) also become Trustees of the charity. Some committee members have named roles e.g. Chair, Treasurer or Secretary. In the past the PTA has often been jointly chaired. Other parents are elected as Ordinary Members. PTA meetings are usually twice a term. At Shelford we also have a system of Class Representatives. The Class Reps form a vital link between their year groups and the PTA. Whilst they may or may not be members of the PTA committee, they work with the committee, to run aspects of the Christmas and May Fairs – the two biggest fundraising events of the PTA calendar, or to promote social events.
How do parents know what's going on?
The PTA contributes weekly to the school newsletters with information, promotions or requests for help. Sometimes PTA emails are sent out via the Class Reps. Event posters and information about specific fundraising opportunities are displayed in the PTA cabinet. You can also find out more about the workings of the PTA, as well as keep up to speed with forthcoming events via the links on the website.