About the PTA
Brandlehow School is proud to support an active PTA (Parent Teacher Association), which plays a vital role in raising additional funds for the school and organising social functions for both parents and children. We also provide an additional and valuable means of communication between the parents and teaching staff within the school. All pupils, parents and staff are automatically members of the PTA for the duration of their time at Brandlehow.
Things are a little different at the moment due to Covid-19 but please be assured that the PTA are still here to help the school and all our pupils!
Our Social Function
The PTA organise many events for both parents and children during the school year. Some of these are to raise funds but many are just about having fun and getting to know people. Every year is slightly different but generally we hold events along the following lines:
- Children’s Discos
- Christmas Pantomime
- Quiz Night for parents
- Christmas Parties for children and parents
- Film nights for children
- Return to school socials
- Individual class socials for parents
Currently, we are trying to offer those social events we can online and we hope to reinstate more face-to-face socialising as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Our Fund Raising
Thanks to the work of the teachers and governors, adequate government funding is already secured to provide all the essential facilities that are needed for the school. However, the funds raised by the PTA provide some much appreciated extras for both pupils and staff. Fund raising events are also a great way of bringing people together – raising money is a bonus!
There are a few fund raising events that happen during the year which include a Christmas Fair and the Summer Fete where the large majority of funds are raised. We also sell Christmas cards, school calendars & tea towels, etc to help raise funds.
Again, fund raising has changed as a result of Covid-19 and we have recently run a successful Virtual Winter Fair online, as well as a number of Virtual events in the Spring term. We will be considering how we can retain some of the virtual fundraising in future while looking forward to our on-site fund raising events again. Hopefully it will be possible for us to have an "IRL" Summer fair!
What does the PTA spend the funds raised on?
The PTA buy a whole range of things to benefit all pupils and teachers. We ensure there is a good mixture of both experiences and equipment. Previous and ongoing purchases include:
- Financial assistance for school trips for all year groups
- Ipads for use by all year groups
- Playground equipment
- Enhancing the Brandlehow Wildlife Garden
- In-class resources such as reading books, dictionaries, chick hatching kits
- Musical instruments and music lessons
- Financial assistance for theatre productions
- Venue hire, drinks, snacks etc for the annual Sports day and Fun Run
- Discos and film nights for all year groups
- The Christmas pantomime and presents for all children delivered by Father Christmas!
- Financial assistance for events specifically for parents eg Quiz night.
- Support for the school and pupils during Covid-19, e.g. exercise books for all pupils to complete at home during lockdown
We have recently updated our Brandlehow PTA Code of Conduct and Inclusivity Mission Statement and you can find these below. These documents set out our collective commitment to respect, inclusivity and working together responsibly for the good of Brandlehow School and pupils.
Code of Conduct
These guidelines describe the basic expectations for behaviour, and the importance of appropriate conduct and communication, in the best interests of the PTA and the school. All members will be encouraged to make relevant and positive contributions; all members have the right to be heard and must respect each other’s opinions; and all members must communicate together responsibly.
Inclusivity Mission Statement
We Believe Collaboration Must Be Inclusive. We can only achieve our vision in full collaboration and partnership with the broadest possible set of volunteers, staff, educators, schools and communities. We foster an association where everyone feels they belong, are integral to achieving our vision and have the opportunity to flourish and contribute at the highest level. We will be setting priorities for promoting inclusivity and equal opportunities on an annual basis moving forward to support the work of the PTA.