PTA Overview

PTA Overview

The Hartley Primary Academy (PTA) is a registered charity run by a group of parent and staff volunteers.  Its aim is to raise money to provide extras for the pupils, to enrich their time and experience at the school.  Every parent and carer with a child at the school is invited to be an active member of the PTA, as are all the teachers.

What does the PTA do?

The PTA organises a number of events and activities throughout the school year, ranging from the Christmas and Summer Fairs, to smaller regular events like the Mother’s/Father’s Day gift stalls, school discos and movie nights.

The main aim of the PTA is to raise money, which can then be spent on things to improve the school, and each child’s learning.  The PTA events also provide a vital link between school, community and home life, giving the teachers, children and their families’ opportunities to have fun together.  Getting involved in the PTA is a great way to meet other parents and children generally love their parents to be involved in the school.  Evidence suggests that when “schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” (SEDL 2002, CCS 2003)

The PTA committee, which is elected at the PTA’s AGM in September, meets on a regular basis (usually once per term), with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.  The Head or someone in the senior management team attends each committee meeting.  You don’t have to be a committee member to attend meetings – all parents, carers and teachers are invited to attend.

You will receive regular PTA newsletters and flyers about forthcoming events via Home Connect or in your child’s book bag.  They will also be featured on the school website.

What is the PTA money used for?

The PTA raises around £10,000 per year, which is used to provide things that our children would not otherwise have at school.

The most recent PTA purchases include musical equipment including new glockenspiels and ukuleles, a classroom awning extending the teaching area and providing a sheltered area during playtime, and paying for West End in Schools to provide storytelling and interactive activities in each class. Our current fundraising goal is to fully replace an important but aging Trim Trail.

In previous years, the PTA played a key role in raising sufficient funds to allow purchasing of key ICT equipment including laptops and iPads and interactive whiteboards, the building work for the Sunshine Room (used daily for small group work and music lessons), building of the school hall, playground equipment, new elements for the lower playground trim trail, benches for both the upper and lower playgrounds and an outside classroom.

How can I be part of the PTA?

There are a number of ways to get involved. We are always looking for new members, new ideas and new helpers.  People are able to offer a range of support – from being on the committee to helping out at events when possible.

If you would like to be involved in planning PTA events and making decisions about spending the money raised by thePTA then you can do so by joining the committee, or just by attending the meetings.  Everyone is welcome at the meetings.  Attending a meeting does not mean that you are signed up for life!

If you are not able to attend the meetings but would like to help at events then you can be placed on our helpers e-mail list, and e-mails will be sent out when needed for events.  Without this valuable support we would not be able to run as many fun activities for the children and parents/carers.

If you want to know more please contact us through our email address: hartleyprimarypta@gmail.com. Thank you.

You can find out more by reading our latest newsletter.