Birch Copse School has a very good, hard working, enthusiastic Parent Teacher Association Committee who organise the many activities of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The money raised by the PTA is used to fund equipment or activities across the school.
The committee meets once each half term and anyone connected to the school (parent, guardian or teacher) can attend. Committee meeting dates are published in the school bulletin.
Fund Raising Events
The PTA organises many annual events and some one-offs – any offers to assist at any of the events or to run your own event are gratefully received, please contact a member of the committee. Regular annual events include the Christmas Fair, Easter Raffle, Summer Fair, School Discos, Quizzes, Production DVDs and Reading Football tickets to name just a few.
Another easy way to help the school is to shop online at www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk where you will be able to make free cash donations to Birch Copse School with every purchase. More details at the end of this page.
The PTA also runs its own school uniform shop. Please check the school bulletin for dates. The school office has the latest order form. Alternatively, you can contact the uniform shop by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA Funded Items and Activities
In light of the current funding crisis (affecting all schools locally and nationally) the PTA is raising funds to help with day to day activities rather than the extras. Last year the PTA raised in excess of £20,000.
Some of the items that the PTA has committed to fund on an annual basis include:
-Money for the teachers to spend on classroom resources
-The Life Education bus (previously funded by parent contribution)
-The Year 6 Leavers' Books and party food
In previous years the PTA has funded foundation play equipment, an outdoor classroom, library books, library computer and software, the wireless network, interactive white board, drum kit, PA system, outdoor play equipment, drum kits, hall tables & benches, projectors, a cash contribution to the new school hall and many other items.
The Giving Machine
Shop online at www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk where you will be able to make free cash donations to Birch Copse School with every purchase. All you have to do is click on www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk, it’s free to join, and nominate “Birch Copse Primary School”. Every time you shop online remember to log in via www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk and then go shopping via your chosen shop link and you will be making a cash donation to Birch Copse School.
If you’d like to make a donation directly to the school via the PTA (a registered charity) you may now do so through BT MyDonate. If you are a UK tax payer, this allows the PTA to collect the whole contribution and the full 25% Gift Aid (excluding debit/credit card fees). Simply click on the link below, select Birch Copse Primary School and follow the on-line instructions.
We now have our own school lottery! Click on the link to find out more... Join our school lottery! All funds raised go to improving our school. There's a guaranteed prize every week for one of our supporters AND there's a chance to win £25,000!