WELCOME TO SOLIHULL SCHOOL PARENTS' ASSOCIATION
Welcome to our website – hopefully if you are here you have already heard of us and want to know more about what we do.
We are the parents’ association for Solihull School and the good news is that if your child goes to the School, then you are already a member.
Over the many years of the Association’s history our aims have evolved into three main areas.
Perhaps the most obvious one is that we raise money for the School. In recent years we have significantly contributed to many of the departments within the school, and in 2018/19 we were delighted to be able to provide funding for a sixth form bursary.
We really do try to make a difference to all the clubs and associations, large and small to help the School continue with the depth and breadth of the experiences it offers to its pupils.
We also provide a social platform for parents to get to know each other socially by running events throughout the school year. Some are fundraising as well as social such as the Summer Ball and the 'An Evening with...' and some, such as our new Coffee Mornings are simply to allow parents to socialise and become a part of our School community. We would really like to see you at one (or all!) of our events. Just click on the tab for our Events page to see what events we are running this year.
We also run and finance a careers fund to help parents who find themselves in extreme financial hardship and this year that fund has been kept topped up to allow us to meet any calls on it in the coming year.
The association is run by a general committee and we always welcome volunteers to either join the committee or to help at our many events.
If you are interested or have any questions please email this year's President, Simon Griffiths on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WHAT’S COMING UP
All event tickets are now being sold through our online payment site
We are delighted to be able to return to a full calendar of events this academic year, starting with:
27 November 2021 - Christmas Fair, Preparatory School
Join us for a traditional fun-filled morning of Christmas stalls, games and activities in the beautiful surroundings of Malvern Hall, serenaded by with Christmas Carols by our fabulous young singers.
3 December 2021 - Preparatory School Christmas Disco
Our ever popular event returns for 2021 with the addition of an extra, earlier disco for the Alice House pupils. Tickets on sale soon via www.pta-events.co.uk/sspa
Prep School Christmas Shopping
During the school week towards the end of term, Santa will again be bestowing the Prep School with a fantastic selection of gifts and trinkets for your little ones to purchase for their loved ones. Details to follow soon.
ABOUT THE SSPA
The General Committee (GC)
Led by two elected Presidents
Made up of elected and co-opted members
Aims to meet at least once every half term
Annual General Meeting held every Summer term
The Executive Committee (Exec)
Led by the Presidents
Made up of the Presidents, the two immediate past Presidents, the Treasurer, the Minutes Secretary and the Secretary
Aims to meet at least once a term
The Trust Fund
In 1939 the General Committee established a trust fund to produce long term capital growth and provide income for the Careers Fund
The Trust Fund is administered by the Trustees who are appointed by the General Committee and are responsible for the stewardship of the investments
There are currently six trustees including the SSPA Treasurer who serves in an ex officio capacity.
The Trust Deed is currently being reviewed by a specialised sub-committee to bring it up to date. Progress will be minuted at the General Committee meetings.
The Careers Fund
The income generated from the Trust Fund’s investments is paid directly to the Careers Fund
The Careers Fund is used to assist pupils in the furtherance of their education at the School. Cases are typically considered in the event of family financial hardship in a crucial (ie GCSE or A level) year
The Careers Fund Committee
This committee consists of a Chairman (elected by the General Committee), the Headmaster and the Executive Committee
The Committee meets in absolute confidence to consider applications from parents for payment from the Careers Fund.
The Applicants name is known only to the Chairman, the Bursar and the Headmaster
The Events Committees
Each of these committees is made up of an event leader, one member of the Exec and a team of volunteers who may or may not be on the General Committee
Each event committee plans, organises and runs one Parents’ Association event, eg the Ladies Supper.
Easyfundraising is an Internet Shopping Portal with a simple registration; no credit card or address details are required.
Every linked retailer will donate a percentage of your spend to the SSPA, at no extra cost to you.
Access the portal via your mobile device or receive reminders on your computer.
Over 2,700 retailers are linked to easyfundraising.
We have a wonderful selection of SSPA branded items for sale that, as well as being excellent quality, raise much needed funds for the SSPA.
Golf umbrellas £25
Small umbrellas £15
Water bottles £5
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items please visit our online shop at www.pta-events.co.uk/sspa