The Beechen Cliff Parent Teacher Association

What is a Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?

Most schools have a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. PTAs are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.

How is the PTA organised?

At Beechen Cliff all parents, carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTA.

The PTA hold their annual general meeting in September, at the start of the school year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members.

The PTA committee usually meet once a month and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events.

How is money raised?

The PTA raise money through the 50:50 Club and a variety of events during the year.

The 50:50 Club is a small lottery run by the PTA each month and provides good prizes for the participants whilst raising funds for the PTA.

The main event is the Great Walk held in October which involves all the pupils raising money for a wide variety of causes within the school.

There are a number of social events for the Parents and Teachers including the Quiz Night with Mr Clark and his fiendish questions. We are always looking for new fundraising ideas from parents.

How is money spent?

Funds raised by the PTA are intended to provide extras not already provided by the school’s main income – often fun things that make learning more interesting and exciting.

The PTA committee and the headteacher decide how to spend PTA funds raised.

We will shortly have a list of good causes which have received funding on these pages.

How can I become involved in the PTA?

There are many different ways you can help with the PTA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.

Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can not commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently and you can always support PTA events by simply turning up.

How do I contact the PTA?

The email address is pta@beechencliff.org.uk