The YPTA helps fund all kinds of projects from the incredible music & dance provision to enhancing the school’s IT equipment
The YPTA is immensely proud of the effort and generosity of parents, carers and friends of Yerbury in raising funds for the school and surrounding community. Without it, ambitious and enriching projects like the creation of the Q-Room and the front school playground would not have been possible and, more recently, safeguarding the amazing music and dance activities across the school.
Far-reaching cuts to school budgets make it even more important for the PTA to lend what help it can to Yerbury’s fantastic and committed team of teachers and support staff in providing our children with a nurturing environment in which to flourish.
The YPTA believes passionately that it is not only academic achievements which make our children the wonderful, rounded people that they are, but that their extra-curricular opportunities and surroundings play an important role too. These are the areas where the fundraising of the YPTA can really make a difference.
In 2018 The Yerbury Foundation was launched as the fundraising arm of the PTA. This was to more directly address the implications of funding cuts on the school’s ability to deliver a diverse and enriching education for our children.
and keep an eye out for more updates in the weekly newsletter or directly from the PTA. A summary of fundraising priorities is also below.
You can donate to the foundation directly via: CAF Donate (Charities Aid Foundation).
Any donation, large or small, is very much appreciated.
Donations are entirely voluntary and confidential – there is no expectation or requirement for anyone to contribute. It is recognised that people support the school in so many invaluable ways – not just financial.
You can also donate through Payroll Giving at work (tax-free) or raise money for the school while you shop online – and it’s free! (Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, M&S, Booking.com are just a few of the participating shops and there are hundreds).
Register for free at easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/yerburyyhsa. Then whenever you visit participating online shops you get a pop-up that asks if you want to get a free donation to Yerbury from using that site, you click yes and that’s it!
Sites include John Lewis, Iceland, Abel & Cole, Clarks, Gap, Not on the High Street, Gousto, Skyscanner – the list is enormous.
Yerbury has also now joined AmazonSmile: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/! AmazonSmile has the same products, prices and shopping experience as the standard Amazon site/App, except that it will donate to Yerbury each time you shop. You just need to use the AmazonSmile URL above and/or make a few tweaks to the Amazon App on your phone (if you use it). Detailed instructions can be found here How To Set Up Amazon Smile.
Please do give these both a try – every penny really does help!
The money raised in 2018/20 was used to pay for music and dance provision (previously part of the school budget; now no longer covered), IT upgrades (phase 1 of a 5-year plan to overhaul Yerbury’s IT equipment), and nursery, upper and middle floor toilet renovation.
YPTA fundraising for 2017-18 focused on supporting the school in the provision of life-enriching arts activities and upgrading class-room IT equipment. Extra curricular activities are under increasing pressure from school cuts as is the ability of the school to maintain an expected standard of technology throughout the school to give our teachers and children the essential tools they need for a good education.
The two main areas targeted for fundraising in the 2016-17 school year were the long overdue refurbishment of the Reception toilets and a drive to replenish the book stocks throughout the school.
The PTA, together with the school, has also identified a list of other projects, which we have been working towards providing funds for. Including Q-Room Furniture, Music Equipment and additional learning tools such as Dyslexia Laptops & Maths Intervention Kits.