Parent Staff Association (PSA)

The Oakleigh School and Early Years Centre Parent Staff Association (PSA) is an organisation made up of parents and staff.

All parents/carers of children at Oakleigh School and Acorn Assessment Centre as well as all staff are automatically members of the PSA.

The PSA organises events and supports fundraising work for key projects in school. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.

Raising money is a really important role of the PSA and this is done throughout the year in a variety of ways.

All information on up and coming events is on the website and is sent out via our text messaging service.

The PSA committee decide how to spend PSA funds based on the school needs or specific requests. Funds raised by the PSA are intended to provide 'extras' not already provided by the school's main income.

The PSA have an Annual General Meeting at which a committee is elected to run the PSA – consisting of a chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. PSA committees usually meet once a term and all parents and carers are invited.

We are always looking for new people to come to our meetings or join the committee, as new fundraising ideas are always welcome as well as new people to share them with. If you would like to know more about the PSA or how you can get involved please speak to Bijal Jiwan the school secretary.

Fundraising

At Oakleigh and Acorn, we teach children who have a huge range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, including profound physical and medical needs and Autism. This impacts greatly on how they interact with other people and the world around them.

Our curriculum is highly multi-sensory, and we provide practical, fun and stimulating activities to help the children to learn and develop.  We use a wide range of specialist and personalised teaching approaches, resources and equipment to enable the children to develop to their maximum potential.

Entrance to our Hydrotherapy Pool
Inside the Hydrotherapy Pool Building

However, there are always financial pressures, and the specialist provision is very expensive. We always welcome donations to improve our provision.

We are currently trying to raise funds for a new hydrotherapy pool.  Our existing pool is old and in great need of rebuilding partly due to the building and pool itself, and partly due to the changing needs of our children.  Our current pool leaks and has the lowest energy rating.  The children are not always able to access the pool due to the construction of the building - in the Winter as it can be too cold, and in the Summer it is sometimes too hot.

Hydrotherapy is a therapeutic approach whereby children with physical disabilities are able to be supported in the warm water to carry out physiotherapy exercises.  For our children, it can provide opportunities to experience more independence than out of the pool, where they are often in need of specialist equipment to support their needs.

As well as using our pool for this purpose, we provide early swimming opportunities for our younger children (the older ones swim off site in larger pools).  Swimming and hydrotherapy are very popular activities for the children at Oakleigh, and we see the development of skills beyond the physical, such as communication, social skills and independence.

We are registered with HMRC (Registered Charity Number 802621) to claim back Gift Aid from donations given by UK tax payers. If you do make a donation, please download the Gift Aid Declaration form and return it to Oakleigh School.

If you would like more information, please contact the school office.

If you would like to make a donation online, the PSA bank details are:

Oakleigh School PSA
Account Number: 32943253
Sort Code: 60-23-36
Reference: Hydro pool

Or use the Donation Form opposite.

Please support our new Hydro Pool Campaign

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Have you heard about easyfundraising yet? It’s the easiest way to help raise money for the Oakleigh School Parent Staff Association! If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, Vodafone, eBay, Boden and Play.com, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!

So how does it work?

You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to the Oakleigh School PSA Cause for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself!

Download now for iPhone, iPad and Android and raise even more!

 

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The CHARITABLE BOOKINGS lifestyle app is free and easy to use and has lots of great features that will keep you coming back again and again for more, including restaurant bookings, hotel bookings, recipes, restaurant deals and secret restaurant tips.

For EVERY honoured restaurant booking you make for you or on behalf of someone else, £1 for EVERY diner will be donated by CHARITABLE BOOKINGS to Oakleigh School PSA at absolutely no cost to you.

Sign up at the web site link below or download the app for your mobile device.

Visit Charitable Bookings for more info

As part of the Shoe Friends scheme, we are still collecting unwanted shoes, which will be sent to Africa and sold to people who need them. The money raised will go towards building schools in Africa.  PLEASE send in ALL unwanted shoes, remembering to either tie the laces together or putting an elastic band around each pair.  For each sack collected, the school gets a donation. 

Visit Shoe Friends for more info

We are registered with Recycle4Charity which is a recycling organisation for genuine used ink cartridges and old mobile phones, with the school receiving a small donation.

If you would like a bag for your cartridges/phones so you can send them to the Recycle4Chairty directly, please let the school office know, or just send them into school.  Please note that they only take genuine HP, Epson, Canon etc cartridges, i.e. NOT those which have been refilled/copy/compatible brands

Visit Shoe Recycle4Chariry