Our PTA is an integral part of the school community, and has been for many years – lots of previous committee members and staff who have had children at our school still help us out today. As parents and members of the school community you are warmly invited to get involved, even if you only have a small amount of time available.
Together, we raise thousands of pounds which is spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children's education and the facilities in school in general.
But our PTA is about much, much more than just fundraising. This lovely and close-knit community provides a bridge between home and school and is an excellent way of bringing staff, parents and friends together socially in support of St. Joseph’s. Not all of our events are run as fundraisers, either. Our children's discos and fun afternoons are run with the aim of giving the children a good time and as a way of thanking families for their continued support. We are extremely conscious of the ethos and morals of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this.
Why are we a Registered Charity?
The Charities Act 1993 requires organisations such as ours, with an annual income in excess of £1,000, to register with the Charity Commission.
As a Charity, we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a constitution. Our constitution sets out rules about how we operate as a PTA and how we conduct ourselves. A full copy can be obtained from the PTA Treasurer.
Being a Registered Charity gives us many extra benefits:
- we are able to apply for Gift Aid, which can earn us an extra 25p in every pound donated to the PTA, out of earned income;
- we can raise funds more easily from grant-giving trusts, local businesses etc;
- we can take advantage of charity-matched giving schemes.