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All staff, parents and carers are members of the St James PTA, which is a registered charity and the committee meets monthly with an annual AGM in October.

What the PTA do

The PTA performs two important functions:

  • We develop and foster a positive team spirit and strong school community that benefits everyone involved with the school. By organizing fun children, adult and family events each term
  • We support the school by raising funds which are all spent on valuable resources that add so much to the children’s enjoyment, development and learning.


The PTA encourages everyone associated with the school community to come along and enjoy the events that we organise.


  • Annual events are the Christmas Fair, Stars in Their Eyes, Quiz Night, Christmas Shopping evening and Summer Fair.
  • Other events include:
    • Children's Disco
    • Children’s Bingo
    • Sponsored Bounce
    • Children’s Beetle Drive

Recently funded items

  • Whiteboards for classrooms
  • Changing rooms for the swimming pool
  • Upkeep of swimming pool
  • Funding for the gardening projects 

Forthcoming spending

Replacement of the trim trail in the school grounds

How are we organised?

The PTA is a registered charity which has a committee of volunteer parents and staff who manage activities on behalf of all PTA members. We keep everyone informed and involved with regular newsletters that come out via your class reps by email and through the PTA notice board in the school playground. All members are free to attend the informal committee meetings held each term. Members are elected at our Annual General Meeting in October. 

Current committee members

Janine Harling (Chair)                               

Verena Steward (Treasurer)                                      

Kate Clipsham-Miles (Secretary)         

Valerie Elliott (Headteacher)                           

Jackie Spring (Staff representative)                     

Suzanne Fowler (Staff/Head representative)

Gemma Graham

Angie Stratford                    

Each class has two dedicated representatives - class reps - who help with coordinating and encouraging involvement of parents with their class activities such as walking on the common days and PTA events.

How can you get involved?

We are always delighted to receive offers of help – whether as a one-off or a regular commitment. Just contact one of the committee members, or speak to one of your class representatives to find out what you can do or to make your suggestions. Mums, dads, carers, grandparents and friends can get involved at many levels:

– come along to events
– make a contribution to an event (bake a cake, buy a raffle ticket……)
– help out at an event
– come into school to help out in class
– join the committee or sub-committees for organising events


Thank you for reading

Janine Harling