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 newsletter two weeks before the meeting or contact our Secretary for more information.
The PTA values your views and you can support us in lots of ways, such as:
- Get to know your PTA by coming along to monthly meetings.
- Raise money from online shopping using ‘The Giving Machine’.
- Give regularly and Gift Aid it by Clicking Here
- Signing up for the school 'lottery', Waldegrave Winners
- Coming along to social events such as the Quiz Night and Comedy Night
- Attending our bi-annual Summer Event or bi-annual May Ball
- Helping us provide refreshments at school events
- Donating raffle prizes
- Offering your talents
- Providing professional support to the PTA such as fundraising or accountancy advice
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 BT Donate. 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
Here at Waldegrave School we're busy fundraising by collecting old British or foreign coins and notes, even obsolete currency. Initially you'll see lots of posters around the school as well as the collection bucket. Once all the currency has been collected we send it to www.cash4coins.co.uk who exchanges it into cash we can use. The bucket will be here all year so keep it coming please.
How the money is spent!
Teachers' Wish Lists
Teachers were asked to draw up a wish list of equipment across all the departments which would enhance their teaching.Last year the PTA paid for a handball starter kit, a tracer projector, a display cabinet, five visualisers, cooking equipment, trestle masks, lots of books and contributed to a new smartboard and piano to name a few. This year's list includes a UV Vacuum Tabletop Exposure Cabinet, an iPad, a subscription to MathsWatch, computer software for Economics, English, Geography and History, 2 laptops, music stands, a pH meter, basketball strips and lots more books
2016 major spend was updating the school entrance and reception, creating a more welcome look and feel for the students and visitors. The PTA in liaison with the school supported and funded this project.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Chair - Lynne Bryant
Secretary - Nicky Barnicott
Treasurer - Yuki Kataoka
Data Protection Officer - Mark Given
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.
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:
- Go to thegivingmachine.co.uk
- Click on Join and then click Join as a Giver
- Click Find Beneficiaries and then enter Waldegrave and search
- Click choose next to Waldegrave School and then SAVE
- You will then be asked to enter your details i.e. name, email, postcode and a password to register.
- You can then go shopping!
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.
Around £1600 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. Even more thanks to those that help and take part.
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 usually we manage to raise over £2,000 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.
This is a lively event held in the school hall with a live band and some great dancing. A great end of year bash and more money for the School Fund.
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.