FoPHS – Friends of Pixies Hill School

Graeme Snell

Who are we?

We are a group of parent volunteers. We have a committee who help organise events, but you can volunteer to help at any of the events.

Co-ChairElle AldermanElle joined the PTA in 2017 after volunteering to help at events and seeing how much the children enjoy them and then took on the positions of Secretary and Vice-Chair and more recently, Co-Chair. She has 2 children, one in Year 4 and another who has now moved on secondary school and they both very much enjoy helping at the events with her. Elle is responsible for the school discos, looks after the PTA emails and general admin and helps co-ordinate events. She works full time as a Data Architect for a finance company and does love an excel spreadsheet which is proving to be very useful in these roles!

Elle Alderman

Co-ChairSam McMahonSam became Co-Chair with Elle in 2019 after joining FOPHS two years previously. She has a daughter in year 5, a son in year 2 and her youngest son is hoping to start Pixies in 2024! When she isn’t helping organise FOPHS events Sam works as a surveyor in the commercial property sector and enjoys holidays with her family

Sam McMahon

I want to help the PTA but I’m really busy… Can I still contribute?

There are lots quick and easy things you can do to help raise valuable funds for the school…

YOUR SCHOOL LOTTERY – for just £1 a week you can enter the School Lottery for your chance to win a cash prize AND donate to the school PTA! Just visit www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and search for Pixies Hill School to sign up!

STAMPTASTIC – A Personalised stamp made in the UK, usable on fabric, wood, metal and some plastics. No more sewing or ironing in labels! You can buy at www.stamptastic.co.uk and use the code 5bab7da9063b2 to raise 20% commission for Pixies Hill

CLOTHING BANK – There is a clothing donation bin in the front gate. For every tonne we collect not only will we raise £400 for the school, but the company we are using will also donate £100 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation – a national charity, which aims to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.  https://www.starlight.org.uk/who-we-are/

THE GIVING MACHINE – The Giving Machine is a unique registered charity that enables shoppers to generate sales commissions with every online purchase.  We convert these commissions into free donations for schools, charities and other community organisations. Go to www.thegivingmachine.co.uk and search for Pixies Hill Primary School to start supporting us

DONATE BY TEXT – Text PIXIES to 70085 to donate £3

CO-OP– FOPHS now have a fundraising initiative in place with the local Co-op. The Co-op system works by signing up to be a member and selecting ‘Pixies Hill’ – members get 5% back and the school gets 1% of all Co-op own brand purchases.

BUSINESS DIRECTORY – For those who run a business why not advertise in the business directory on our webpage – www.pta-events.co.k/fophs. A year-long advert is £25 and a quick and easy way to spread your name in the local community.

PRINTER CARTRIDGES – We are working with a company called ‘Empties Please’. They collect and recycle used ink and toner cartridges the environmentally friendly way and will donate the money raised back to us! All we have to do is collect used ink cartridges and put them in our recycle bin. ‘Empties Please’ will collect the bin when it’s full and then donate money raised straight back to our school with a certificate to display in our reception area. To view what empty ink cartridges we can recycle, and more importantly pay you for, please visit their website

AMAZON SMILE – We also have a new Amazon Smile account which works by clicking on a link prior to purchasing goods and again selecting ‘Pixies Hill’. The FOPHS team then receive a 0.5% donation.