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‘Breaking point’ for St Andrew’s Primary School PTA unless help is found

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 November 2016

PTA at St Andrew's School, Michelle Brumby, Kate Vincent, Helen Woolford and Sarah Lake with Head Teacher Neil Tuttiett in the IT suite which the PTA have fund raised for.

PTA at St Andrew's School, Michelle Brumby, Kate Vincent, Helen Woolford and Sarah Lake with Head Teacher Neil Tuttiett in the IT suite which the PTA have fund raised for.


A voluntary organisation which helps fund equipment and activities at a North Somerset school says it is at risk of folding, unless more people come forward to help its members manage events.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at St Andrew’s Primary School, in Congresbury, is looking to recruit a new chairman, along with other volunteers to help with planning events which boost the school’s ‘under-strain’ funds.

Committee member and former chairman Helen Woolford told the Mercury the PTA played a vital role in raising money for the school to replace equipment, alongside paying for pupils to go on trips and take part in extra-curricular activities.

Ms Woolford said: “The school’s budget is increasingly under strain every year and they do rely on us to help fund trips and replace equipment. We have replaced half the IT equipment in the past few years and replaced outside playground facilities this year.

“Year on year it just becomes more of an issue and it really seems to be reaching breaking point, while the demands on the PTA from the school seem to be increasing.

“We seem to be squeezed from both directions.”

One of the PTA’s main roles is to organise social activities and fundraising events to support the school.

The biggest of these is its Christmas fair, which will take place at the school this year from 5.30pm-7pm on December 2.

However, Ms Woolford said the group will be forced to stop hosting some of its events, such as discos and movie nights, unless more parents agreed to help plan them.

Ms Woolford told the Mercury: “I am not sure parents are always aware of how much work goes on behind the scenes. On the day people may come and offer to help during events, but it is planning in advance which we struggle with.

“All we are looking for is people to come in who are just able to get involved in one particular event. The money does go back to help every child in the school – they spend it year on year on trips and equipment.”

Email if you are interested in joining the PTA.

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