Co-op Local Community Fund

St Matthew’s PTA was selected in October 2022 to be a Co-op Local Cause until October 2023.

Our proposal described how we want to buy equipment and plants for the playground, to make it more natural, fun and varied, with spaces for different types of play.

We received a grant of £1,630 from the Co-op at the end of the year, which will be spent on playground improvement.

AGM 2023, with Mr Evans on “Music and Drama at St. Matthew’s”

Update: minutes and reports from the meeting are linked here:

Original announcement

The PTA is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM), open to all parents/carers and staff, at 7.30pm on Monday 16th October 2023.

If you wish to join remotely:

If you are interested in joining the PTA committee, please come along, or find out more in advance at or get in touch on

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Colour Run report

We are thrilled with the success of the inaugural St Matthew’s Colour Run, which took place at the end of April 2023. This was a school-wide fun run in which every child from each class could choose to walk, skip, dance, hop or run around the cage dressed in their most colourful clothes to contribute to a total number of laps for each year group. The aim of the event was to raise funds for the leases on some of the schools Chromebooks that are used for delivering the ICT curriculum across the school. This is just one of the projects the school have asked the PTA to help fund during this challenging time for school finances.

It goes without saying that those with the longest legs managed to complete the most laps, however when we looked at the results across the year groups it is striking to see how well Year 4 performed, totting up 4,003 laps – only just behind Year 6’s 4,022 laps.

Altogether pupils completed 22,087 laps in some extremely colourful and imaginative outfits.

Year groups were also competing against one another for who could raise the most funds. Year 2 just made it to the top of the leaderboard with £1,076.91 closely followed by Year 1.

Year groupAmount raised
1stYear 2£1076.91
2ndYear 1£1065
3rdYear 3£1007.02
4thYear 6£944.50
6thYear 5£901.50
7thYear 4£870

In total, with Gift Aid added, the Colour Run raised an incredible £8,034.38, completely smashing the original £4,000 target. This means we can not only fund the Chromebooks lease renewal but also contribute to the projects that the school has asked for help funding due to its budget deficit.

A huge THANK YOU and well done to everyone who walked, ran, dressed up and/or donated. An extra big thank you to Mrs Woolfe for single-handedly coordinating every run within class PE lessons and bringing so much colour, energy and joy to the event. We really appreciate everything you did to make the event such a success.

As a gesture of thanks for participating, the PTA will be giving a badge to everyone in Reception to Year 6. They will be handed out in PE lessons at the end of June.

Summer Fair raises nearly £5000

Finally, after two missed years due to Covid, the PTA was able to organise a Summer Fair this year, on 15th July 2022. And what a fair it was! Over 40 stalls, delicious food, great music from the Bookstore Band and the St Matthew’s choir, and a fantastic atmosphere all round.

The fair raised a £4,980.35, allowing the PTA to continue to fund equipment, projects and activities at the school. Huge thanks to all the organisers and participants, and a special shout out to Year 6 whose stalls raised £1555!