Welcome to the Parent Teacher Association of St Thomas’. If you have a child at St Thomas’ C of E Primary School, or are you a member of staff, then you are a member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
The Parent Teacher Association is a group of like minded people whose primary aim is to raise funds for the school. These funds go towards “extras” that cannot be funded directly by the school and also towards much needed equipment that requires our additional input.
Our second aim is more of a social one. We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible ensuring that they attract attention from across the community. There is also a very social aspect to being a member or helper of the PTA. We are always looking to hear from people who would be willing to help out in any way and it is an ideal way of meeting new people who have the best interests of the school and their children at heart.
If you could spare some time or would like to know more about us then we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email here. To keep up to date with news and events you can follow us on Instagram at @stthomaspta and Facebook at St Thomas School PTA
* Next Meeting: PTA Meeting – TBC *
* Next Event: TBC *
The committee meet on a regular basis, usually once a month. The committee is open to all parents and you can come to any meeting, you do not have to have an official role. A vote is taken during the AGM to elect the new committee for the academic year.
Remember, even if you don’t wish to take on a formal role, there are lots of other ways you can help so please come along to hear more!
Chair – Rhian Greaves
The chair is the main conduit between the School and the PTA and its families, meeting regularly with the Senior Leadership team as well as liaising with the committee, staff and parents/carers. The Chair guides the PTA meetings and oversees the organisation of the various fundraising activities. The Chair also produces an annual report for the AGM.
Secretary – Sarah Morley
The secretary is the organiser! S/he arranges the meetings, sends out agendas, attends the meetings to take minutes and distributes them after the event. The secretary also organises any licenses needed for fundraising events and supports the chair in administration duties.
Treasurer – Becky Judson
The Treasurer keeps the finances of the PTA in good order, issuing cheques, completing the banking and keeping on top of the accounts. At PTA functions it is the Treasurer’s duty to issue floats and cash up at the end of the event. A full annual report must be submitted at every AGM, an annual report is prepared for the Charities Commission and a formal audit must be undertaken every 3 years. In addition, interim reports are given at every meeting.
PTA Communications Officer – TBC
The Communications Officer creates and sends out newsletters on a regular basis to all parents, carers and staff to provide updates on upcoming events, fundraising progress and reminders about PTA meetings. This role is also responsible for posting regular updates on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram and liaising with the School to update the PTA section of the website. Corporate Funding Officer
The Corporate Funding Officer – TBC
sources national and local corporate funding initiatives, competitions and donations which will help to benefit the school with either direct funding, equipment or items which can be used for raffle prizes.
Minutes and Agendas
Similar to Amazon Smile, when you’re shopping online you can collect revenue for our school using EasyFundraising this includes over 4000 retailers including: Ebay, John Lewis, Argos, Booking.com, UberEats GoCompare and many more.
This is a brilliant opportunity to raise much needed funds. It costs just £1 to become a Co-op member. After that, all the funding comes from the Co-op and doesn’t cost you a penny.
With Amazon’s new update you can now support our school whilst using the app.
Please follow the instructions below to help raise funds at no cost to you! AmazonSmile offers all of the same items, prices and benefits but with one distinct difference – 0.5% goes to our PTA!
Did you know that you can now support St Thomas’ when you shop on the Amazon shopping app?
Set it up just once in your app’s settings, and then for every eligible purchase you make from then on, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our school – at no extra cost to you!
This is a brilliant enhancement of the Amazon Smile program, which makes it super easy to support our school when shopping with your device.
Please follow these simple steps to set up your Amazon account to support our school:
• Select St Thomas’ as your chosen charity on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1016973-0
• If you shop using the Amazon shopping app, open the app and go to Settings > Smile to enable automatic donations to school when you shop in the app. This is a one time set up.
• If you shop using a web browser, always access the amazon site by going to: smile.amazon.co.uk (as opposed to www.amazon.co.uk)
From then on, shop as normal and Amazon will donate!