About the CPSPA
The Claygate Primary School Parents' Association (CPSPA) was originally set up in the early 1970s to raise funds to build and maintain a swimming pool. This aim was achieved with the opening of the pool in in 1975, and the PA has since evolved into a broader fundraising and social organisation.
What does the PA do?
Simple - virtually anything that people will enjoy and that will make some money! Regular events include the Summer Fete, Christmas Bazaar, children's discos, cake stall and leisure swims during the summer. The PA also sells school uniform from its base in the Early Years playground. There are also adult events during the year, and previous events have included quiz nights, the summer ball, wine tasting and the comedy and curry evening.
How does the PA work?
All parents of the school are automatically members of the PA. The fund raising is driven by a committee of dedicated volunteers which meets throughout the year to plan and organise events. The events are co-ordinated by the Committee but supported by the team of class representatives who recruit volunteers and of course help out themselves.
It cannot be stressed enough that the success of the fundraising is totally dependent upon the goodwill and support of parents. Claygate School is fortunate to have plenty of both. If you would like to help, just speak to a member of the Committee or your child's class rep.
Where does the PA's money go?
PA funds are spent to improve facilities for the children, and all of the money raised comes back into school in some way. The Senior Leadership Team meets regulalry with the PA to discuss current priorities.
Some of the PA's recent projects are shown below, and include the refurbishment of the allotment, installation of new equipment in the Early Years playground, the chicken run (and chickens!), and the new planter on the top playground. In the last two years the PA has also provided funds for new interactive screens in classrooms, the MUGA, sports kit, books and digital cameras.