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Cherry Orchard First School and Caterpillars Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"


Welcome to the Friends of Cherry Orchard First School! 


Who are we and what do we do?

The PTA is a small, friendly group of parents, grandparents, carers and teachers who organise various events throughout the school year to raise lots of money to fund the "extras" that school is unable to provide through their budget, making our children's learning experience even more fulfilling and exciting.


In recent years we have helped to fund the sensory garden, the shelter outside Year 1, made a contribution towards the sensory room and paid for transport for many school trips.  The majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run, such as the Summer Fete, Christmas Fayre, Quiz Night and Chocolate Bingo!


Is it just about fundraising?

Fundraising is of course a really important part of what we do, but the PTA is much more than that.  The PTA strengthens the link between home and school, bringing staff, parents and children together socially to support the school.  We hold termly discos for the children, bake cakes, serve tea at school events and serve a party Christmas lunch to the whole school.  Whatever the event, we work together and have lots of fun along the way.  The PTA is a great way for new parents to make friends.


When does the PTA meet?

We usually meet about once each half term and sometimes when there is an event to be organised a sub-committee may arrange to meet more frequently.  Meetings are usually held in the evenings at school. If you would like to help out but cannot attend meetings, you can join the Friends of the PTA and we will send you regular updates of what we are up to and details of how you can help out.


The Friends have their own Facebook page – Friends of Cherry Orchard – where you can keep up to date with events and activities they are organising.


If you are interested in joining us, or would just like a chat to find out more about the Friends, please speak to Tracy (Cody's mum) or contact the school office.  We look forward to meeting you!