PTA / Parents Forum

What is the PTA (Parent Teacher Association)?

All Weald CPS parents, carers, guardians and teaching staff are automatically members of this body. It is a registered charity that aims to advance the education of the children and support the staff of the school. This is achieved through fundraising events, social occasions and open and constructive school-home partnership.

The PTA meets monthly at the school and the date and agenda are published in advance. It aims to be open, accountable and democratic in its decision-making.

Link to PTA website: www.wealdpta.co.uk

The Head Teacher’s View….

Weald Community Primary School is blessed with a highly active and well-supported PTA which organises a wide variety of social events and fundraising projects to benefit the school community.

Innovative ideas coupled with meticulous planning and hard work mean that the Weald PTA is able to deliver a rich mix of activities including the Christmas Fair, Summer Fete, Quiz Night, Dragon-boat racing on Bewl water and much more. The expertise and experience of parents from many walks of life are harnessed to form creative and committed teams of volunteers. The substantial sums of money raised have a valuable impact on the educational provision of the children. In recent times, PTA projects have funded the construction of a Multi-Use Games Area/Playground; a Jungle Gym; the installation of Wi-Fi and multifarious items of sports and other equipment. All of these developments are closely linked to priorities contained within the School Improvement Plan.

The partnership between home and school at Weald is clearly exemplified through the interest and dedication of the PTA. Owing to the strength and vitality of this relationship, we are able to look to the future with a true sense of optimism and collegiality.

What is Parents’ Forum

The Parents’ Forum is a group of parent representatives who meet four to five times a year to discuss school-related issues. Regular, open communication and consultation with parents is truly important to the school. The Parents’ Forum provides a valuable way to listen to your ideas and concerns and seek your views, helping to make sure the needs of children and their families are met.

Meetings will be led by school staff and governors, usually by the Headteacher or a Governor. Meetings are informal and will offer a genuine opportunity for open discussion.

The role of the Parents’ Forum is consultative. It has an important role in informing decision-making processes but it cannot make decisions on behalf of the school. The Governing Body remains the decision-maker and provides strategic leadership. Setting up a Parents’ Forum will not lead to any reduction in the role and responsibilities of the Governing Body.

  • Examples of issues that might be discussed include:
  • School development planning
  • Helping children with their learning/behaviour
  • Parking
  • Clubs and activities
  • School trips and events
  • Parents’ evenings
  • School lunches/photographs

The issues raised will be general issues. If you have specific concerns about your child, your first point of contact should always be your class teacher.

How to become a member of the Parents’ Forum.

We aim to have one parent representing each class, to give a range of views across children’s classes and year groups. Any parent can volunteer to be on the Parents’ Forum.

If you are interested, volunteer to Mr Pyle by emailing office@weald.kent.sch.uk by Friday 3rd October, 2013. In the event of interest from more than one parent per class, the parents concerned will be encouraged to decide amongst themselves who is going to be elected to the role.

Once the Forum is constituted, an agenda will be formulated for the first meeting in October 2013.

Sharing the information ……..

Parent members will be encouraged to share information from the Parents’ Forum with parents of other children in their child’s class. Feedback will also be included in “The Telescope” and Weald Newsletters which are distributed to all parents via email and published on the school website.

If you would like a parent representative to raise an issue or make a suggestion on your behalf at the Parents’ Forum, please ask them to do so, or send a message to Mr. Pyle.

Minutes of last Parents’ Forum Meeting: December 2014

The next Parents’ Forum Meeting will be Friday, 8th May  2015 at 2.15 p.m. The agenda will be: 1) parental support for school trips and 2) swimming lessons.