Parents, Teachers and Friends @Weatherhead
The PTF@Weatherhead meet informally each term to share thoughts on school life and to support or shape events to help the school and families here. Our ideas and fundraising efforts so far have contributed to the behavioural reward scheme IRIS, the Learning Resource Centre, school uniforms, gardening club and most recently to creating a more vibrant outside recreation area. We also seek to champion local initiatives as part of our community role and always seek new ideas and individuals to engage with.
PTF Supporting Weatherhead
Fundraising to create a stylish outdoor seating area with wooden furniture and awning areas to encourage outdoor recreation come rain or shine!
Support for Parents
As parents ourselves, we know how daunting Year 7 can be for new parents and carers as well as the students. A new school like Weatherhead has so many new aspects and we are here to help make sense of it all.
We must not forget that the parents and carers of students new to school in Year 12 might need extra support too. The university open days beckon and student finance looms. Some of us have been there already and can be a useful ally!
We encourage all new parents and carers to come along to one of our informal meetings.
Dates of PTF Meetings are posted on the school calendar and also listed on the weekly Home-School Update.
Usually there will be a representative parent from each year group, or if not, someone who has been through that particular year can help.
PTF meetings will enable you to:
- Meet with other new parents and friends of Weatherhead
- Share tales and experience of settling in
- Discuss any concerns you may have about any aspect of school life
- Learn more about the Parents, Teachers and Friends @Weatherhead
We all look forward to meeting you!
Why get involved?
I have one daughter at Weatherhead who is currently in year 8, so I am fairly new to the school too. I was worried and concerned about my daughter’s transition from primary school to ‘big school’ but I seriously should not have worried. I found my daughter was more prepared than I was, coming home and letting me know that the Year 7 mentor, Miss Brough, had been in to see them “and she was really nice”.
I was heavily involved at my daughter’s primary school being the Chair of the PTA and found this role rewarding and a great insight into my daughter’s education. Through being involved with the Headteacher, teachers, teaching assistants and office staff I felt part of a team, raising money to enhance the children’s curriculum with fun and educational items that they may have not otherwise experienced.
I made the decision to attend the first Parent, Teachers & Friends meeting at Weatherhead, again to try and give me an insight as to what they do for the pupils, school and community. As with all PTFs it is always a small team of dedicated parents who help organise and run events and I was surprised that such a large school still only had a very few members turn up but as I know it is a relentless job trying to get parents to give up their valuable time.
This, however, made me more determined to see if I could help and I was immediately roped into helping on refreshments at the Christmas Craft Fair, which was good fun and raised in excess of £800. I also found that unlike primary schools the focus was not on raising as much money as possible for the pupils, as Mr Dyment makes sure the pupils do not go without! It was more about supporting different year groups with their events or even donating money for specific causes, and there I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that what events we did arrange were for a good cause, and not just money spinners!
And now I am going to be Chair! Which is daunting but also exciting and I hope to have some new supporters in the Year 7 parents. We meet approximately once each term. The meetings are about an hour long and very informal so please take a chance and come along!
Outside school I am a Medical Secretary in a GP practice, I am also one of the founder members of ‘Wallasey Village in Bloom’ who put all the lovely flowers and plants in to the village.
From September 2015, I will be taking over from Ann Blundell who has been Chair for several years now and has done an absolutely sterling job for the PTF@ Weatherhead and we wish her all the very best for the future and a well-earned rest from the PTF!Suzanne Broster
I have one daughter at Weatherhead who is currently in Year 7 and I am very pleased how well she has settled in to her new school. I am a primary school teacher and foster carer and have been an active member of my children’s PTAs since my daughter was 4. It enables me to make a relationship with the school on a deeper level and gives me an insight into how the school is managed and that is important to me.
I have enjoyed Weatherhead PTA so far and the team are lovely and the commitment has not been too great and no pressure to raise funds. Having taken 7 months to meet some of my daughter’s teachers, it felt good to be a part of something the moment she started her new school.
More members of the PTA would be lovely, so come along and see what we are all about!Steph Ward
If you are interested in joining the Parents, Teachers and Friends @Weatherhead, or would like to be included in the general PTF emails, please email our PTF Chair, Suzanne Broster: firstname.lastname@example.org.