St John's C of E Primary School, Caterham

St Johns Caterham

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Parents and Teachers Association

The PTA is a very important part of school life here at St John's. The thing that sets this school apart from many others is its sense of community where everyone works together for the ultimate good of our children.

Originally PTA's were introduced to buy the 'exciting extras' that make the school special. But, like all other PTA's, our role is now less defined so that we are now also contributing towards items that directly benefit our children's education.

However, our role is not just fundraising. Our role includes encouraging all of us as parents and our children to socialise with each other and to enhance the community spirit within this school whilst trying to get people to part with their money for the privilege of doing so!


Every parent, carer and guardian of pupils currently at St John's Primary School is a member of the PTA.


 A committee is a team of volunteers who are elected at the association's Annual General Meeting 'AGM' to manage the association on behalf of the members. There are two types of committee member, Officer and Ordinary or (Other) member.

Current PTA Officers are:

    • Amy Ireson - Chair
    • Kirsty Wild - Vice Chair and Social Media Lead
    • Tina Heath - Treasurer
  • Sarah Shoebridge - Secretary

Current PTA Committee Members are:

    • Kirsty McCarthy - Social Media Deputy
    • Holly Basden - Secretary Deputy and Website Lead
    • Sarah Pink
    • Katie Harvey
    • Heidi Tanner
    • Rebecca Truelove
    • Mark Slaughter
    • Tabitha Jackson
    • Nadia Denton
    • Misti Roberts
  • Anne-Marie Rodriguez Killeen

All committee members have equal voting rights, with the exception of the Chair who has an additional casting vote should this be needed. We try to meet every 8-10 weeks to discuss our plans for the year. This is very informal and we try to make it as relaxed as possible.

 Annual General Meeting

Last year, the PTA held their AGM on Tuesday 17th September 2019. The meeting was well attended with new Reception and Year 3 parents being welcomed.

During the meeting Committee Members were re-elected and a summary provided of the PTA's income & expenditure in the 2018/2019 financial year was provided. A plan for 2019/2020  events was also provided.

Please click here for a copy of the minutes.

This year's AGM is planned to take place on 22nd SEPTEMBER at 2000 hours. Due to the updated Government guidelines and the new rule of '6' we are unable to meet in person.  Therefore the AGM will be held virtually by way of Zoom.  We are looking forward to meeting our new parents and teachers.

 Upcoming Events

Due to COVID-19, all previously arranged events have had to be postponed and put on hold. There are no upcoming events at this time but as soon as it is safe to do so, we will be sure to arrange something special.

For live events, tickets can be purchased directly from the PTA via this link


Contact Us:

St John's PTA, Markfield Road, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6RN

Registered with the Charity Commission as 1005758


How Can You Help?

5 easy ways to raise money for your child's school which don't cost you a penny!

  • Do your internet shopping via cashback website
  • Match Funding - There are many companies that will match any monies raised when their staff volunteer for an event. If you work for or think you work for a company that provides this, please contact us.
  • Recycle your old ink cartridges and mobile phones by placing them in the box just by the school office.
  • Give good condition outgrown school uniforms to the school for the 2nd hand uniform sales (Due to COVID-19 we are unable to accept clothing at this time. We thank you for your generosity and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause).
  • Save old clothes, shoes, bedding, curtains etc. for twice yearly Bag2School collections (Due to COVID-19 we are unable to accept clothing at this time. We thank you for your generosity and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. When it is safe to do so a collection will be arranged - led by Sarah Pink).
  • Give up the odd hour of your time to help with some of the fundraising events - it's good fun and your kids love seeing you take part. You can do this via the PTA Events page when purchasing your tickets.


During the past few years, the PTA have managed to raise well over £40,000. We try to spend it quickly after raising it to ensure the children benefit as soon as possible. Some of the items we have purchased in recent years include:

  • Trim Trail

  • Playground Benches

  • Climbing frame for the Infact Classes

  • Leavers Hoodies/Parties

  • Football Goals

  • PE Equipment

The sense of belonging to something good comes from us, the parents and carers, and the example we set our children. If we want to produce children who, as adults, will lead a full and varied life, who will care and contribute to their environment, and the people around them, then we, as adults, need to set them an example now. Children who see that their parents contribute by helping at the Christmas and Summer Fairs, or helping with refreshments at various events, are more likely to contribute to their communities when they themselves grow up. They like you helping. It gives them pleasure and makes them proud of their school, as we have witnessed in the working party days when the kids do so much in the grounds themselves. Nobody is asking for you to commit to more time than you can afford but even a small effort occasionally leads to fantastic results. 


Upcoming Events

When there are tickets  for events, these can can be purchased directly from the PTA via this link