PTA

Welcome to all parents and carers. The PTA is a great way to make friends, meet other parents and support this fantastic school. However much you want to get involved, please come along to any PTA meeting which is advertised in the weekly  newsletter or contact our Secretary for more information. 

The PTA values your views and you can support us in lots of ways, such as:

School Fund

The school fund is collected through the PTA which is a registered charity (Charity Number 297288) so that we can reclaim gift aid at no extra cost to you. For every £1 you donate we can get an extra 25p in reclaimed tax if you are a UK tax payer, making your donation go even further. Thank you to those parents who have already donated to the school fund your generosity has enabled the school to provide the school planner, rewards, other extra activities and resources which cannot be funded from the revenue budget.

If you haven't already donated and would like to please click here 

Donations and Gift Aid 

The funds raised by us parents is essential. Together we can support our children’s school, by giving regularly through VirginMoney. This allows the PTA to budget with these resources and support the outstanding work at Waldegrave constantly and with a long-term strategy and vision. This is a voluntary request. But please consider, for the price of a cup of coffee a week, we can, together, have a huge impact on the continued excellent schooling provided at Waldegrave.

Donate here. If you are a UK tax payer you can Gift Aid your donation which means the PTA can claim back the tax. You only have to fill it out once but you do need to let us know if your circumstances change

VirginMoney

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You may have noticed that we no longer ask for standing order donations for the school fund. For efficiency and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance, we now use VirginMoney which is just like other donation websites but with a big difference: Virgin keep their fees to a minimum, and their card processing fees are 1/3 of Parent Pay. You can elect to donate “regularly” or as  a “one-off”.  You don’t even need to be a parent to donate!

What’s in it for you:  

  • Stay anonymous (if you would like) 
  • You only need to put your address in once for gift aid
  • You can keep your credit/debit card points or cash back

What’s in it for the PTA:  

  • Less card handling fees 
  • Gift Aid automatically collected and settled every month 
  • No paper = No secure storage requirements = GDPR compliant
  • Gift Aid declaration consent checked at donation = GDPR compliant

What’s in it for the school

  • Less fees = more money to spend 
  • Frequent Gift Aid settlement = funds available quicker 
  • Less hassle for the school office to inform the PTA weekly of ParentPay payment details
  • Less paper to store on behalf of the PTA = less storage costs 

For ticketed fundraising activities, we will not be able to move away from ParentPay, but with your cooperation the gift aid process can be essentially cut out from the Treasurer’s workload.  A VERY BIG thank you to all who already donate via Virgin you are a star.   If you never have or are contemplating it, please give it a try.

CASH4COINS

Here at Waldegrave School we're busy fundraising by collecting old British or foreign coins and notes, even obsolete currency. IOnce all the currency has been collected we send it to www.cash4coins.co.uk who exchanges it into cash we can use.  The bucket is at the school reception and will be there all year so keep it coming please.  Over the last three years this has raised £1135!

How is the money spent?

Teachers' Wish Lists

Teachers were asked to draw up a Wish List of equipment across the school which would enhance their teaching which the PTA could fund from a budget of £500 for each department. Last year the PTA paid for 2 portable display boards, 11 visualisers (Maths), a visiting English lecturer (!), plaster press moulds, glazes and ribbons (Art), a food processor, 2 laptops, a laminating machine, a french teaching assistant, athletic vests, hurdles, a protein electrophoresis kit, a vacuum pump, 3 infrared thermometers, a rostra (no, I don't know either, but the Music and Drama depts pooled together, to get one!), pattern cutting software, SMART materials handling box and electronic components (D&T) and lots of books to name a few.

This years list includes 9 visualisers, robot and components for programming, 4 safer sex demonstration kits, 2 blenders, a sewing machine, refurbishment of the sensory garden, a magazine subscription, an author visit for Book Week, display boards, a lighting cube, and of course books, books and more books!

Please see here for some of the thank you messages from teachers to the PTA

Aside from the Teachers' Wish List the PTA were also able to put money to other items that the school could not budget for. Replacement furniture for the 6th Form Block, tablets for student learning, PE crash mats, a new band-saw for the DT dept., funds for a parent engagement app. and author visits for Book Week. The PTA also provided funds for the refurbishment of the old school office into a Conference/School Council Room and the two counselling rooms, also money towards a new piano and a revision training session for the Year 11s.

As of 30/6/19 the parents have donated £27,041.90 to the school fund this academic year, this is down by £6051 on last year. The PTA keeps back 8% of donations (£2163), any Gift aid (£5097) and together with our PTA fundraising efforts - Comedy, Quiz Night and Bingo, teas at events, Christmas tree sale, raffles, Cash4coins and Waldegrave Winners - (£14,844 this is up by £5560 compared to last year) we have funded £14,033 worth of items for the school including contributions towards GCSE and annual Unifrog subscriptions.

PTA meetings 

Please check the PTA section of the school newsletter for the next PTA meeting date or check the latest minutes in the DOWNLOADS section of this page. The meetings are very informal and there’s no obligation to commit to anything. They are usually held in the school from 7.30 to about 9pm often on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

PTA Committee and Contacts

If you would like to get in touch to raise any issues or ask any questions, please contact the Secretary 

The current Committee are:

Chair - Maria Randell (email: PTA@Waldegravesch.org) 
Co-Chair - Christine Samuels
Secretary - Nicky Barnicott
Treasurer - Nataliya Zadora
Data Protection Officer - Mark Given

PTA AGM

The Waldegrave PTA AGM is held in Spring usually at the end of February. A small but perfectly formed group of parents and teachers attend for the purposes of the Chair's report, the Financial report from the Treasurer for the past financial year and confirmation of the Committee roles for the next financial year. Existing Committee members may choose to continue in their roles but nominations  for all the posts are welcomed and voting takes place at the meeting. See the Chair's report and the Minutes of the last AGM in the DOWNLOADS section on this page for more details.

Fundraising

Raise money by shopping online

If you shop online regularly via the website thegivingmachine.co.uk there will be no cost to yourself but the companies will make a small donation to the school. All the major supermarkets and shops are there from Amazon to B&Q. It is easy to sign up as follows:

  1. Go to thegivingmachine.co.uk
  2. Click on Join and then click Join as a Giver
  3. Click Find Beneficiaries and then enter Waldegrave and search
  4. Click choose next to Waldegrave School and then SAVE
  5. You will then be asked to enter your details i.e. name, email, postcode and a password to register.
  6. You can then go shopping!

Waldegrave Winners (formerly the 50/50 Club)

Waldegrave Winners is a monthly prize draw run by the school's PTA.  It is open to all parents, carers, staff and governors of Waldegrave School.

You join in the fun by 'investing' in your lucky number(s) for a year.  One annual number costs £15, two numbers is £24, three £36, four £48 or 5 numbers would be £60.  There is no limit to the numbers you can buy!

Half the money 'invested' goes straight to the school fund, the remainder forms the prize pot.  The Waldegrave Winners numbers are drawn by the PTA, and will be announced in the newsletter.

For more information on how to join Waldegrave Winners click here.

Quiz Night 

Around £2000 is raised at the annual Quiz night which is usually held in March. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help to make the evening happen and to those parents and teachers who attend, whom without there would be no event.  

Comedy Night

Comedy Night is always a roaring success. This is an 18+ event that takes place in the Autumn term. The comedians raise the roof with (raucous) laughter and this year we managed to raise over £3000 for the school.  Many thanks to all of you who attend this event, supporting the school whilst enjoying an evening out and even more thanks to our Comedy Night co-ordinator and wonderful team of volunteers. 

Christmas Tree Sale

In December we held our 3rd annual Christmas Tree Sale, selling top quality non-drop Nordmann Fir trees and festive goodies.  25% from every tree sale will go directly to the Waldegrave School Fund.  This year we sold more trees and festive goodies and raised over £1500.

Bingo

The PTA presents Bingo Nights in September exclusively for the new Year 7 families, and acts as an icebreaker and an opportunity for newbies to Waldegrave to meet.  These are fun, family evenings open to students and their parents.

Summer and Christmas Raffles

The PTA held two raffles at Christmas and again in the Summer. These were hugely popular and fabulous fundraisers raising around £1500 a time. It is thanks largely to our very generous benefactors who donated wonderful prizes. These were from our local community (David Lloyd Club, Hampton Open-Air pool, Stevensons outfitters, The Prince Blucher, Prince Albert, Twickenham Fine Ales, The Wharf Restaurant, The Exchange, Harlequins Rugby Club, Lensbury Club, Strawberry Hill Golf Club, Kempton Race Course, Ham House, Twickenham Vets, Stamptastic, The London Wetlands Centre, Robsons Deli, The Ivy Cafe, The Bearcat Club, Pizza Express) as well as many donations from parents. If you have any unwanted presents or a prize you would like to donate to the next draw, then take it to the school office marked "Raffle prize for the PTA".

PTA Refreshments at School Events 

The PTA provides drinks and snacks for students and parents at school events such as the Primary Induction Evening, Y7 Welcome Afternoon, Summer and Christmas concerts and Parents' Consultation Meetings and other School Open Evenings. All profits go towards PTA projects such as buying the equipment listed in the section above: ‘How the money is spent!’,  so please come and support us.

PTA Data Protection Privacy Policy

Waldegrave PTA is the Parent Teachers Association of the Waldegrave School located in Twickenham, London.  It is a registered charity, number 297288.  This policy covers how Waldegrave PTA treats personal information that it collects and receives.  Personal information, is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address or phone number, and that is not otherwise publicly available.

Waldegrave PTA collects personal information to facilitate the process of parents: making donations to the charity, claiming gift aid on those donations, entering a lottery that supports the charity and on occasion recording attendance at events and meetings.

We do not rent, sell or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to ensure donations are processed, when we have your permission.

We will use reasonable efforts to ensure that your personal data is not disclosed to regional/national institutions and authorities, unless required by law or other regulations.

We may update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by placing a prominent notice on our web site.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the PTA Data Protection Officer via the SecretaryPTAWaldegrave@hotmail.co.uk