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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

Welcome to The Highdown School PTA 

Highdown PTA supports the academy by raising supplementary funds through events for parents/carers, staff and students. 

As we are sure you are aware, school budgets are being squeezed so schools are increasingly reliant on additional funds and this is where the PTA help; it is no longer solely a social “nice to have” but is becoming more of an essential. 

We appreciate how busy everyone is with work, family and personal commitments and are ever thankful to everyone who attends PTA events.  The more people who support the PTA in organising these, the less everyone has to do.   

How can you help? 

  • Attend events

  • Help organise events (email us if you are interested)

  • Volunteer at events (email us or sign up to the relevant event on PTA Events as a volunteer – link on this page)

  • Find out if your company offers fund matching for PTA events.  We are signed up to Benevity which allows companies to support the chosen charities of their employees 

Every parent/carer is welcome to attend PTA meetings and if you are interested in doing so please send an email to the address on this page.  There is no obligation to take a role on the PTA Committee or organise events, but your ideas on fundraising events are always welcome. 

We are a small, friendly and welcoming group! 

Raising Funds for Your School

The PTA is made up of a group of parents who organise fun, social events throughout the school year with the aim of raising funds for the school.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS - 2021-2022 

CHAIR  Laura Harmsworth 
VICE CHAIR  Alisa Scott 
HONORARY TREASURER  Hayley Rumble 
HONORARY SECRETARY Alex Humphreys 
TEACHER LIAISON Daniel Burnell

If you have any queries about our events please contact:  highdown_pta@outlook.com

Next PTA Meeting 

Our next meeting is Tuesday 5 October 2021 at 6:30pm. 

Forthcoming Events 

Buy Your Event Tickets Online

Reading Lions Firework Spectacular 2021 

Finally! 

The year 7/8 disco will be our first in-person event in almost two years!   

A great chance for students in Year 7 and 8 to have fun with their friends, and make new ones. 

Year 7s might have missed their Year 6 leavers do and Year 8s didn't have a disco in Year 7, so they can make up for this now. 

DJ, disco lights, and a tuck shop (students must bring cash if they'd like to purchase anything). 

Online ticket sales close midnight Sunday 17th October.  Tickets can be bought on the door for £5. 

Online ticket sales: www.pta-events.co.uk/highdown  

Social Media:  

@HighdownPTA 

                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs 

 

What are the rules about parking in School?
 

For health and safety reasons, the gates are closed to parents’ cars from 8.20-8.45am and 2.50-3.20pm. This is due to the number of students entering and leaving the site at the start and end of the day.

If you are dropping off / collecting your child by car, please do not drive onto the school site or block the school entrance.

Parking is available during other times but is very restricted. If you have an appointment at the school there are 4 designated parking bays opposite the minibus spaces.

What happens when a student forgets something? 
 

If you are contacted by a student or school and asked to bring something in, then please take any requested items to main reception and provide them with the student details and class.

How do you report appointments or known absences?
 

If your child is unable to attend school, it is vital that you call the absence line on 0118 9015823 and leave a clear message detailing your child’s name, tutor group and reason for absence before 9.00am. More details.

How do you know if school opening times are varied?
 

The school will notify you in advance of any changes to the start or finish times of the school day. Information will also be shared on the school website and via our InstagramTwitter and Facebook feeds. 

How can a Student get access to coursework or homework if absent due to illness?
 

Your child will know if the information is available on Class Charts 

Does the school offer any funding or scholarship programs to help gifted and able Students who are unable to finance further education?
 

Bursaries are available for Sixth Form students on a means tested basis. More details.

What advice is available to students about apprenticeships or employment opportunities?
 

There is information on the school website about careers in general and events taking place in the community. All Year 11s get an interview and Sixth Form students get interviews when referred or go to drop in sessions.

What support is available to parents if they have any concerns?
 

Parents should contact the school and arrange to speak with their child’s tutor or Head of Achievement.

Where is lost property for students?
 

Lost property is kept at the main reception. You can phone the school on 0118 901 5800 or go to the main reception to see if your child’s lost property has been handed in. Remember to name all your child’s belongings in order to increase the chances of lost property being returned.