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PATCH (PTA)

PATCH: Parents and Teachers, Carers and Helpers

The Parent Teacher Association for St Mary's Fields Primary School

As we mentioned in the Christmas 2021 Newsletter, the Committee has agreed that it is time to bring our work as a charity to a close. We need to stress that we have not taken this decision lightly and there are several points that we need to make you aware of.

 

The Committee

We are struggling to keep all places on the committee filled. Of course, we understand that people’s circumstances change and we sincerely thank everyone who has been able to keep PATCH going. We also appreciate that not all of our school community have time to spare or simply do not want to take on such responsibilities – that’s fine, we are not trying to make anybody feel guilty. However as trustees, the Committee still has legal responsibilities to keep PATCH running as a registered charity, which have, unfortunately, weighed heavily on us for a while.

Photo of two volunteers holding cakes at one of our Christmas Fairs.

 

Relationship with the school

All is not doom and gloom! PATCH was set up many years ago and a lot has changed since then. The main thing is that we now have a much closer relationship with the school.

 

Still a need for fundraising

Although the school now has access to many more sources of funding and services, there is still a need to raise money for those extras that the children enjoy, of which school trips is just one. However, we believe that this can now be done without the demands of running a separate organisation and that we can now hand those activities over to the school. It is also worth pointing out that not every school has a Parent‑Teacher Association (PTA) but still hold things like summer fairs.

 

Photo of a volunteer making a henna tattoo on a lady's arm at one of our Summer Picnics.

What happens next

We are still sorting out loose ends that, as volunteers, we have to do in our spare time. As things are taking longer to sort than expected, we thank you for bearing with us and we will bring things to a close as quickly as we can.

over the next few weeks we will have:

  • settled any outstanding balances to services or organisations to which we have subscribed;
  • sent out an update to our school community showing the final bank balance

 

Photo of a volunteer and his daughter holding books on our book stall.

And finally:

  • David, our co‑opted committee member, will notify the Charities Commission that PATCH has now closed;
  • all fundraising activities will be organised by the school.

 

Until further notice:

PATCH remains a registered charity. Our registered charity number is 1027183.

 

This is not the end! Photo of two volunteers at a summer picnic's refreshments tent.

This is not the end of school discos, cake stalls and summer/Christmas fairs! Fundraising has now passed to the school and events will always need people to help out so why not leave your details with the school office?

 

On this page you will still find:

  • newsletters
  • official stuff, including the Constitution (our rule book)​.

You can find older newsletters in the Bits and bobs section below.

PATCH is a registered charity, number 1027183
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