The Vineyard School
Welcome to the parents' website of The Vineyard School, Richmond!
We empower pupils, staff and fellow parents and carers to support the growth of each child at The Vineyard School to his or her highest potential.
We are eager to engage!
Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Vineyard School PTA
Serve as a model for (fun) parental support of a state primary school in the United Kingdom.
Our role (In order of importance):
Connect teachers to parents and carers
Convene the Vineyard Community
Raise funds to elevate The Vineyard School beyond the level of minimum state funding. (State standards of funding do not include funding for the library, an additional photocopy machine, AV equipment, smartboards, playground equipment and many elements of the school that our children use every day.)
How we act
Openness: We listen closely to parents and operate transparently.
Efficiency: We aim to make it easy to help your child’s school and we value any form of contribution, from time to money, ideas or cake.
Fun: We are an inclusive group that people want to join (and are welcome to do so)
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How is the PTA Structured?
The PTA is a flat organisation of which every parent or carer is an automatic member. For efficiency, there are several sections to the PTA. Core functions are the following:
1. Core support functions: Chair, Secretary and treasurer
Work with parents and carers to set vision and priorities
Ensure all necessary roles are filled
Enable all forms of communication
Account for money raised and spent
Sponsorship Coordinator: Find, prioritise and approach organisations local and national that may be willing to support financially or other ways
Ensure the legal entity delivers books to the charity commission, pays insurance, etc
Maintain PTA assets remain in good working order (wooden hut, noticeboard, store room, etc )
2. Class Reps: Class Rep Coordinator and Class Reps
Ensure each class has two Class Reps
Enhance connection between the individual parents and teachers in each class
3. Event Leads
Coordinate our school-wide and other events (e.g., Fireworks, Summer Fair, May Fair, etc)
How can I donate to The Vineyard via autopay? (The PTA UK 2017 Parent survey found that one third of parents donate monthly to their state school. At The Vineyard, parents autopay between 5 pounds and 50 pounds per month.)
Beyond The Vineyard PTA
School funding links
Institute of Fiscal studies report: Long-run comparisons of spending per pupil across different stages of education
National Union of Teachers Spending Cuts Estimator for all schools. (This may be somewhat inaccurate due to growth of Vineyard School. )
Schools Financial Benchmarking by government