The Parent Teacher Association – what they do and how you can get involved.

Most schools have a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. PTAs are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.

We would love to get your feedback about the PTA this year. If you have time, please fill in any questions that you have comments for using the link to the questionnaire below. We really value your input, thank you!

At most schools all parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTA.

Most PTAs hold their annual general meeting in September, at the start of the school year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. These ordinary members include at least one, and often two, parents from each class as ‘class reps‘. Their job is to pass on information from the PTA to other parents in their child’s class.

PTA committees usually meet once a term and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events.


Meet the Oystermouth Primary PTA Team

Joint Co Chairs – Kirsten Clift and Mary Vadgama

Treasurers – Helen Harry and Alan Thomas

Shadow Treasurers – Eleanor Davies and Huw Dumbleton

Secretary – Victoria Woodman

Assistant Secretary – Jo Llewellyn

Class Reps

Nursery – Sarah Elliott

Reception – Alex Deeks

Year 1 – Jo Jameson

Year 2 – Charlotte Koscian and Helen Belton

Year 3 – Sarah Evans

Year 4 – Kristina Williams

Year 5 – Denise Lewis

Year 6 – Michaela Braunerova

Most PTAs raise money through events. They often hold one main event each school term – for example, a Christmas fair in the winter, a quiz in the spring, and a summer fair. Other PTA events include school uniform sales, discos, firework displays, international evenings and many more. They’re always looking for new fundraising ideas.

Funds raised by the PTA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school’s main income – often ‘fun things’ that make learning more interesting and exciting.

The PTA committee and the headteacher decide how to spend PTA funds. Common items include computers, playground equipment, a school minibus and smaller purchases such as presents for Father Christmas to distribute, or lights for a Divali celebration.

Our main current fundraising projects are working towards;

Raising funds for the Art Room Refurbishment

Replacement Infant Play Area

There are many different ways you can help with the PTA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.

Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fair, baking for a cake sale). And you can always support PTA events by simply turning up.

  • Oystermouth PTA AGM Meeting

    Wednesday, 18:30
  • Halloween Disco

    Thursday, 17:15
  • Oystermouth Christmas Fayre

    Thursday, 17:00