St James' PTA

Hello from the PTA Team

We’ve created this page as an introduction to the PTA. The PTA is a registered charity run by a committee - Kirstin Lane is the chair, Michelle Wilson is the vice chair and Pete Smithson is currently the treasurer with Alka Bisht shadowing Pete ready to take on the role of treasurer next year. But the PTA is really everyone who is a parent or guardian of a child at the school, or a member of the school staff. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved and every contribution helps whether it’s leading a big project or taking five minutes to help tidy up after an event.

What does the PTA do?

We raise money for the school and we run events for the children and we aim to combine those two things wherever possible. Things have been a bit different over the last year with all the restrictions in place but we would usually have several events each term.

So for example we would have an annual sponsored event, termly discos, ice cream Fridays during the warmer weather, Easter Egg Bingo and Bunny Hunts, a summer fair and Christmas discos. We also have regular second hand uniform sales. 

Over the last 18 months we’ve had two sponsored events, a Christmas Raffle and two neighbourhood trails and we’ve taken our second hand uniform shop online.

The money raised has paid for things like the forest school log cabin and play equipment, iPads for the infants to use in class and theatre trips. Most recently the PTA raised £60,000 for smart boards (big interactive white boards) for all the classrooms in both infants and juniors and helped fund the relocation and refurbishment of the library. We are now working towards a new all weather path for the junior field which will allow the children to access the lovely outdoors space and take part in the daily mile all year round.

Hopefully come September we will be able to reintroduce more of our regular events. We will keep you updated on plans through our social media, newsletters and via your class reps so keep an eye out for all the news. 

Getting involved!

If you would like to find out more about getting involved, have an idea for an event or would like to help out with something soon, please email us at, send us a message through Facebook or through your class rep.

Match funding 

Finally, match funding has been a very helpful source of income for the PTA in the last few years. If you work for a company that offers match funding, we can help you join one of the PTA activities and ensure that you meet your company’s match funding criteria. Typically this is offered by large corporations like Fidelity, Barclays and BP but an increasing interest  in Corporate Social Responsibility has led to more businesses across the board setting up schemes. Please let us know if you would like to become a match funder or would like more information.

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