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Clapham Terrace HSA (PTA)

What is the HSA?
The HSA is Clapham Terrace’s name for the Parent Teacher Association or PTA. It provides a way of raising money - normally about £6000 a year - to help fund extra-curricular activities and equipment that the school isn’t able to include in its normal budget. It also provides social opportunities and fun activities for us all to enjoy together and helps to promote the family and community atmosphere that is so important to our children’s experience of school.

Who are the HSA?
All parents, guardians, carers with a child enrolled at Clapham Terrace and all members of staff make up the HSA.

What is the purpose of the HSA?
To raise money to help the school fund extra-curricular activities and equipment that the school aren’t able to include in their normal budget. We can also play a pivotal role in helping staff, parents, guardians and carers keep in touch and provide social opportunities and fun activities for the children and the grown-ups!

How is the HSA organised?
There is a committee made up of parents/carers and staff who come along to meetings and help organise the events. We have a Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and each school year is represented by a Class Rep. The committee meets once each half term. Everyone is welcome to attend the committee meetings. You do not need a formal position to come along and join in the discussion and decision making.

We are a registered Charity. As a Charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a constitution. Our constitution sets out rules about how we operate as a HSA and how we conduct ourselves.

Being a Registered Charity gives us many extra benefits:
• We are able to apply for Gift Aid, which can earn us an extra 25p in every pound donated;
• We can raise funds more easily from grant giving trusts, local businesses etc;
• We can take advantage of charity matched giving schemes.

What affiliations does the HSA have?
The HSA is a member of the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA), which is the national charity that advances education and supports PTAs. Amongst other things, membership gives us access to the NCPTA website www.ncpta.org.uk, which has advice on running PTAs and their events, but also provides links to other support tools. If you’re looking for help or advice on bullying, school funding, special educational needs or homework or are interested in discounts for days out you can access the website using our NCPTA membership number, which is 12083.

How are funds raised?
The HSA helps to organise and run events that usually take place out of school hours. The Christmas Fair, Summer Fair and sponsored event are the major annual fundraising events but we also organise regular discos, the Easter Egg bingo, quiz nights and more.

The HSA also raises funds through commission, eg through Christmas card printing, Yellow Moon, Scholastic, parent registration with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) Parent and Pupil Panel (join via https://bellview.nfer.ac.uk/panel/ and enter JB267) and in particular through the www.spendandraise.com site. This is a great internet gateway to most of your usual online shops (Amazon, Asda, ebay, Expedia, HMV, Littlewoods, play.com, Thorntons, La Senza, etc.). You don’t need to register to use it, but each time you make a purchase through the site the HSA receives a commission. Please check it out at www.spendandraise.com/claphamterrace/

How much money is raised and what happens to it?
The amount of money the HSA raises for the school varies from year to year, but is normally about £6,000. This money has been spent on projects such as new laptops, the clock in the playground, installing sound equipment in the main hall and a complete overhaul of the Library.

How can I find out what’s going on?
Check out the HSA pages on this site, “Like” our Facebook Page, come along to a committee meeting or look out for the regular newsletters and flyers in your child’s bookbag. The HSA annual general meeting is held in September/October when the previous financial year is reviewed and plans for the coming year are considered. We’d love to have your input, so please join us if you can.

Can anyone help out?
You don’t have to “join” the HSA - by being a parent or carer at the School you are already part of it and it is your children who are benefiting. You can get more involved anytime by coming along to the meetings held each half-term or by speaking to a member of the committee.

What can I do to help?
We can always do with another pair of hands! For example, helping wrap presents for the Christmas fair, running the refreshments stall, helping to tidy the playground, folding raffle tickets or putting up posters. If you have some new ideas for different fundraising events then we would love to hear about them too. It’s great fun getting involved with HSA activities so please consider getting involved.

How can I meet other parents? The HSA Coffee Morning
If you’re free on a Friday morning after dropping your child(ren) off then come along to the coffee morning which runs from 9am to 10am in the Early Years Hall. Access is via the office or Rockets entrance. We suggest a donation of 50p towards the cost of tea and coffee (and sometimes biscuits!), but there’s no formal charge. Feel free to bring younger siblings along too.