Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, we've been asked all sorts of questions - most of which are on the list below ...but if we've missed any off, please get in touch, if you're thinking it, you can guarantee another parent is too.

We work together with our school, Cherry Orchard Primary School, to fundraise for those all important extras that the school need financial help toward. We also have great fun doing it! All the money we raise goes back into supporting the school.
We regularly raise more than £10000 per annum and as a result obtained registered charity status in 2003 by the Charities Commission.
We have an energetic and wholly committed team of volunteers comprising parents, teachers, and friends who work hard for the school, its pupils and the community it serves.
We organise events, arrange fundraising initiatives and help out during school occasions to often fundraise but also sometimes to just make parents/carers feel that little bit more welcome when in school.
We do not get paid, but do all have the same purpose of wanting the best for our children in school and so have a keen interest in helping out in this small way. Everyone is welcome to join in, so please let us know if you would like to help out no matter how little time you may have.

Cherry Orchard School Association.

Many additional things that the school do not have funding for, along with lots of nice extras – which really do make a difference to the children and the school. Whose child doesn’t enjoy one of the school fayres!? Here is a list of items that COSA have contributed toward;

- The trim trail and climbing frame
- The willow structures around forest school
- The school pond area
- Poppys garden
- School shed
- Theatre productions
- Arts Week, including external entertainers
- The lease of the Cherry Ferry – used everyday by the children
- Netball Kit
- Book bags for all new school starters in reception
- Owl man for year 1 visit
- Water and sand trays for year 1
- Leavers autograph books
- Class Christmas presents

There would be no Summer or Christmas Fayre, social events leavers gifts or new school book bags for all children without COSA! All of the things organised by COSA are for the children and of course parents, and without the group the community atmosphere at school would certainly be diminished.

Just come and chat to one of us, we really won’t bite and would snap your hand off for your help! Speak to one of the Year Rep’s or any COSA member and we can happily talk to you about what we do. Alternatively get in touch via email or via our Facebook page Cherryorchard PTA.

As much as you want to, there really is no set time! You may just want to give us some ideas or it may be that you are a dab hand at organising events and would like to run an event; it really is up to you. Many volunteers just enjoy being a little bit more involved with school and of course having the rare opportunities of for instance being able to possibly see your child in school whilst you may be there helping with the Christmas Fayre!

There is currently a school shop in site, near the reception, which is open on Wednesday’s every week during term 2.45pm – 3.15pm. This is run by our school shop volunteers. However the entire uniform system and supplier situation is being currently reviewed. Essentially we want to ensure our parents and carers have easy access, well priced and good quality clothing for their children. Details will be announced soon.

Yes most definitely! We would welcome any company who would like to sponsor an event or provide a prize for our raffle or social events. We also are looking for companies who offer match funding to charities. If you look in our Fundraising section it tells you a little more about how you could help.

No! Unless you are coming to the meeting for one! We always have things to be done, but do not force anyone to take on a job. We understand how busy everyone is and would just be happy to have you present should you want to help in the future or simply have an idea to share.

Chat to one of the committee members or our Year Rep's as we would be happy to tell you more. Alternatively pop along to one of our Friday coffee mornings where we informally chat about up and coming COSA activity, and of course have a good natter! There are also our regular evening meetings, held at School and at The Harvester. Everyone is welcome to come along and attend. Of course we also have our website, social media channels, newsletter extracts and notice board by the school gate to tell you what is happening.

Of course you can, we absolutely want to see new faces! They are usually every quarter, a little more regularly during key event times but all details are posted on our website and social media sites. Alternatively we have fortnightly Friday coffee mornings straight after school drop if you would rather give that a try first and get the chance to come and meet some of us.

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