Ottery St. Mary Primary School PTA

Ottery St. Mary Primary School PTA


The winner of the John Gaffney Young People’s Writing Award is LILY ALLEN-SMITH whose entry about an adventurous otter impressed the panel of independent judges. They commented that her well-written article skilfully combined an imaginative story line with a local context. The runner up was EMILY ELIZABETH BRANT and NATASHA ROSS was third.
The prizes for the three will be presented at the annual Parish meeting in the Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery, on Tuesday 26th April at 7.00 pm.
The competition was suggested by Philip Algar, a local author, who wanted to commemorate the work of John Gaffney, a much respected local journalist who was the founder and editor of the award-winning Ottery Gazette. John, who died last summer, was named Citizen of the year in 2014.
Algar said that he was grateful to the Ottery Town Council, who donated cash prizes and book tokens, and to Sainsburys who gave vouchers. “I must also thank the local media who have given us sustained publicity.”
“I am pleased that we were able to organise this competition but the response has been very disappointing, despite our strenuous efforts to stimulate interest. I realise that there are many competing interests for activities in free time but, as a former journalist, I had hoped that, as the topic was any aspect of Ottery, we might have had more entries. That said, the standard of the articles we received was very high and I congratulate the winners, who showed imagination, flair and a love of writing which I hope will be sustained over the years.”
Thank you to everyone who helped out at the ks2 discos this evening, we couldn't do it with out you. 🎤👫

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Timeline photos 27/12/2021

Turkey curry made, piles of wrapping paper sorted, Christmas films watched? Take a second ☕ and join the PTAs Easyfundraising. It's FREE to do and earns the school FREE funds when you shop online 🛍️ at over 6,000 retailers!!

We've already raised over £400 thanks to just a fraction of parents and carers. So please sign up today and remember to shop via the Easyfundraising app!

Timeline photos 06/12/2021

⏰ ☕ Morning parents and guardians 😄 just your friendly PTA peeps popping in to say today is the first day of secret shopping donations. Please take any unwrapped donations to the office or into a classroom with your child 🎁🎄✨

Timeline photos 01/12/2021

It's time to enter the Advent Calendar! You could WIN a £250 donation EVERY day for Ottery St Mary Primary PTA until Christmas. For each day you enter, you'll also get a FREE entry to the Christmas Day Grand Prize Draw for £1,000 to spend at John Lewis & Partners and a £10,000 donation for us!

All you have to do is follow the link below and click today's door... That's it!

If you're not already signed up to Easy Fundraising then you absolutely should be!! It's simple to use and raises vital funds for the PTA when you shop online visit to sign up today.

Timeline photos 01/12/2021

A friendly reminder that Secret Shopping is BACK! 🛍️

Secret Shopping is an opportunity for children across the school to buy a gift for someone in their family, which will be wrapped by one of our professional elves. 🎄🎁 It's a great chance for the PTA to support the school with vital fundraising 👌

Please bring in your gift donations on either Monday 6th or Tuesday 7th December, either with your child to the classroom, or via the office.

Donations must be an unwrapped gift up to the value of £5 and may include toiletries, candles, chocolates (please check expiry date!), toys etc. Please ensure items are brand new or in an ‘as new’ condition.

Thanks for getting involved in a fun event for the children if you can! 🎀✨


AGM Tonight : 7pm - School Hall. Be there, or be square... Ayyy!


🙏 The PTA is in desperate need of a treasurer (not the pirate kind - though pirates won't be discriminated against 🏴‍☠️ 🦜)

This is a behind the scenes role, you wouldn't be expected to attend meetings or events and it can be a temporary position for someone. Without a new treasurer the PTA will have to shut up shop until someone comes forward 😢

If you are up for the task or know a friend or family member who is please email Sarah [email protected] please share!


Good Morning! ☕ The PTA will be holding its AGM on 12th October at 7pm in the School Hall.

This is a great opportunity to join the PTA and find out what we'll be up to. There are lots roles available, many less time consuming than others, and you're welcome to be a wallflower, 🌸 All are welcome!

Voting for the key positions such as Secretary and Chair will also happen at this meeting.

We hope to see you there! 😊

Fundraiser for School Library Books, organized by Sarah Hatswell 18/08/2021

Fundraiser for School Library Books, organized by Sarah Hatswell

📚 If you haven't already, please consider making a small donation to the new school library 🦦📖 👩‍🔬🌍🛰️🌿🦴🏛️👑 The project aims to provide 200 non-fiction reading books, around history, geography and science.

Fundraiser for School Library Books, organized by Sarah Hatswell The School are very excited to be relocating and refurbishing the School Library o… Sarah Hatswell needs your support for Fundraiser for School Library Books


We're sorry to say that the EYFS to Y3 storytelling event has now been cancelled, please see email from Frankie Finlay.

We're excited to re-introduce our other much loved fundraising events in the future, and when the time is right, we know we will have your full support.

Thank you for understanding.


Reminder : ⏰ Tomorrow (Thursday) is Bags2School, organised by the school. Have your bags in the school car park by 9am to help raise funds 🙌


This month you can WIN £500 for Ottery St Mary Primary PTA by entering the Easy Fundraising Easter Giveaway! 🐰

For a FREE entry, all you have to do is visit the competition page and click any of the listed retailers. No purchase necessary, just a click!

This would make a BIG difference to us during this difficult time, so please take a moment to get involved!

Either find the Easter promo on the app homepage or enter here


Spring is upon us 🌿🌸 so if you're planning any home or garden DIY remember, you can raise FREE 💰 donations for the PTA when you shop via Easyfundraising. Argos, Screwfix, Dunelm and many more have offers and increased donations this week.

Over 4k retailers are involved, from clothing to holidays and garden centres to home furnishings. Signing up is free and easy, and shopping via the easyfundraising app ads just one step to your shopping process!!

Shop now:


Booking a short getaway or your 2021 summer holiday? (with fingers well and truly crossed 🤞)

All of the major travel retailers are on ; TUI,, Expedia, First Choice,,, James Villas, HomeAway easyJet holidays, Eurocamp, Opodo, P&O, PurpleParking plus 250+ others!

The average family holiday could raise over £110 for Ottery St Mary Primary PTA! – and it’s all completely FREE! So please, please, please remember to use easyfundraising when you book so we don’t miss out! To find out more, visit:


Dear Parents/Carers,

As a PTA, we have been discussing the £10K money that we had previously earmarked to contribute towards a project for installing a roof over our swimming pool, to enable our wonderful facility to be used all year round. However, to-date, and despite many attempts and hard work by a sub-committee, we have been unable to make any significant progress on this project.

We are therefore proposing to temporarily 'unringfence' this £10K in the short-term, to enable it to be used for other projects. As you will appreciate, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the school's finances, and whilst government funding has helped to a certain extent, there are still many deficits for supplies and resources around the school that the school budget will struggle to meet.

We realise that many of you will have contributed to PTA fundraising in the past, in the knowledge that this money was contributing towards the pool roof project. Therefore we wanted to be completely transparent with the fact that, whilst our fundraising will continue when it's safe to do so, to enable us to bolster our funds and put money back into the pool roof project, if and when it is needed, the £10K currently in our bank account will now be freed up to enable it to meet requests for spending across the school. As always, any request for money will be discussed by the PTA and voted on by the committee, to ensure due consideration is given to any request received.

If you have any questions on the above, please contact the PTA via the School Office.

Kind regards,

Sarah - PTA Chair


Date for your diary 📖 The Bag 2 School clothing 👗🧦🧥 donation date has been postponed until 6th May!


This week the PTA supplied the school teachers and staff with a hamper of chocolate treats to keep spirits high during what is a really challenging time 😊 I'm sure you'll all agree that it's a well deserved treat!


A great big 🙏 THANK YOU! To everyone who dropped off their bags of clothing and other items at the school for our last Bag2School collection. We have another date for your diary 4th March 2021 will be the next collection. More info to follow, so please start stockpiling those unwanted items. 👕👗🧥🧤🧦🧣👖👞👟🥾 Clothing, shoes, bed linen etc Thank you 🤗


Ottery St Mary Primary School PTA are organising a 'Christmas Trail Map' 🎄 to raise funds for the school. If you have Christmas decorations outside your house ✨ and would like to be featured on our map please get in touch via our page with your address. We aim to collate the map on Sun 13th Dec so need locations prior to then! 🗺️ Thanks.


When you're not shopping 🛍️ local this Christmas please 🙏 do your online gift shopping via easyfundraising. It's free. It's easy.

We've raised over £230 already and with your help we can raise much much more! 🙌

How to raise free donations using the easyfundraising app 06/10/2020

How to raise free donations using the easyfundraising app

This helpful video 👇 shows how simple it is to raise free funds for the school using easyfundraising...
Once signed up at
1️⃣ Open the app
2️⃣ Search for your chosen retailer eg John Lewis
3️⃣ Browse and shop as normal

How to raise free donations using the easyfundraising app In this video we will show you how quick and easy it is to use the easyfundraising app to shop with over 4,000 retailers and raise FREE donations for your go...


Our top 3 supporters on Easyfundraising have raised over £115 in FREE donations in under 12 months 👏👏👏 simply by carrying out their usual shopping via the Easyfundraising App 📱🖥️ Are you signed up yet? 💁‍♀️

04/10/2020 FREE money for the school, at no additional cost to you 😱 please sign up and use the app/website. It'll make all the difference during this period of no organised events. Thank you!


We're disappointed not to be able to hold our annual Halloween Disco this year 🦇🎃 However, here's a great idea for safely enjoying Halloween for those who are craving pumpkins and dressing up!! 👻


48% of those of you who have signed up to Easyfundraising - a way for the PTA to gain FREE funds for the school - have never used the app, so we thought we'd put together a quick video to show you how easy it is!

Watch the video below and if you haven't already, sign up at 👉
1. Download the app
2. Open the app
3. Search for the retailer you'd like to shop with
4. Select the retailer and shop
5. FREE funds aew automatically sent to the PTA bank account

That's it! Thanks for supporting our school


Welcome to a new term 😊 Reminder : Help raise FREE funds for Ottery St Mary Primary PTA whenever you shop online! 📱

Use easyfundraising to shop with over 4,000 big name retailers including John Lewis, Very, Uswitch, Amazon, GoCompare, Just Eat, Expedia, and ASOS – when you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for Ottery St Mary Primary PTA every time, it’s that easy!

All you have to do is sign up and download the app. Go for it!! 👍

Photos from Ottery St. Mary Primary School PTA's post 05/09/2020

We're so pleased to have been able to fund the playground upgrade and we couldn't have done it without the continued support of parents and children. Thank you every one of you for supporting the school via the PTA.

We'd like to extend an extra special thanks to Andrew Baxter who organised the project and did such a wonderful job.

homepage - Ottery St Mary Primary School 04/09/2020

homepage - Ottery St Mary Primary School

A lovely video message from the teachers... We've missed you too!

homepage - Ottery St Mary Primary School Welcome Parent Hub Calendar September opening More information regarding our September reopening can be found in our updated Parent Handbook. This includes information on start and end times, risk assessments and further details of our curriculum. We are so looking forward to welcoming the children....

You shop. Ottery St Mary Primary PTA gets money. For free. 28/06/2020

You shop. Ottery St Mary Primary PTA gets money. For free.

You can help Ottery St Mary Primary PTA WIN a £500 donation in the Refer to Win competition!

We'll get a FREE entry each time a new supporter signs up before the 14th July! It only takes a moment and it's completely free, so please get involved if you haven't already!

Tell a friend!!

You shop. Ottery St Mary Primary PTA gets money. For free. Help us when you shop with 4,000 shops & sites. Join now.

Parent survey : EYFS, Y1 and Y6 pupils 13/05/2020

Parent survey : EYFS, Y1 and Y6 pupils

For anyone who may have missed the email. Please could reception, year 1 and year 6 parents complete this form

Parent survey : EYFS, Y1 and Y6 pupils We are investigating the likely numbers of pupils who will be taking us up on future 'in school' provision, in order to help us plan. Please be aware that decisions about timetables, curriculum and groupings are yet to be confirmed, and schooling is unlikely to be full time.

09/05/2020 👈 If you're shopping online you can be raising FREE money for the school with over 4000 retailers!!

Life is on a bit of a slow down for many of us right now, so there's no better time to sign up if you haven't already!

Remember to shop via the easyfundraising app or website when you go online.


Reminder : Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3. Friday is the storytelling event at the school at 6pm. If your child is attending bring change for a treat while you wait! 🍪🧁☕


Reminder : Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3. Tomorrow is the deadline for booking storytelling! It's £2 and includes hot choc and a biscuit 😍 send money in tomorrow please if you'd like your child to participate 🍪☕

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