Aston Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association at King Edwards Aston has been in continuous operation since 1938, not the first, but perhaps one of the oldest active Parents’ Associations in the country, we need your interest and support to maintain this fabulous tradition.

Parents’ Association Meetings

The Parents’ Association or PA is organised by a small Committee of 15 or so mums and dads.  We meet on the first Monday of each month, starting at 7.30pm at the Simpson Building at the King Edward Aston Sports Ground, 79 Trinity Road, Aston, B6 6LS where your boys have their games, lessons.

The meetings usually only last an hour and you are most welcome to join us at any time in the school year or at our AGM usually in November. For dates and more information see the Calendar below alternatively contact us at pachair@keaston.bham.sch.uk

PA Meetings and Events 2017-18 (Click here for Calendar)

The PA is basically a group of ordinary, parents of current boys and older “boys” who have now left Aston, who have offered up a little of their time to work with Mr Parker and Mrs Lewsey to support the School in many different ways but principally by raising money.  This money provides a fund for the equipment that would not be possible to purchase from the normal funding and current tight budgets.

It is also a great way for you to actively support King Edward VI Aston, a school we all recognise give our boys a first class education which will launch them into a bright future.

Match Day Parking

This is how we raise £18,000 – £20,000 a year for the boys……

We are extremely fortunate that the School is just a short walk from the Aston Villa Football Club ground.  At each home game we open up the School playgrounds for the ‘Match Day Parking.

Volunteering time to Help on Match Day Parking Rotas

You may have seen our slide show asking for your support in manning the match day parking scheme at the induction day in July.  Thank you if you have already given us your details but if not please still consider giving up a little of your free time just a couple of times over the year.

To offer help with the parking scheme at any time contact pacarparking@keaston.bham.sch.uk

We ask for Parent Helpers from all school years to maintain the car parking rota throughout the year, but we have experienced a noticeable decline in parent support over past couple of years and with upwards of twenty four matches a season to cover we really need your help.

We are committed to providing parking for over one hundred parking permit holders who have pre paid for a season pass to park with us all year.  We then supplement these with up to 100 additional “pay on the gate” places for home and visiting supporters.

What do you expect me to do?

We have one experienced shift leader who organises the two or three parent helpers per opening and per closing shift match. You would take money on the gate, check permits and park cars according to a tried and tested plan.  We only ask you to help out a couple of times a year and together we raise £20K..

Some of the Recent Contributions to School

From 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017 the parent volunteers raised an enormous £25,087 by providing parking for the home Villa match supporters

King Edwards Aston Parents’ Association has bought the following:

2016-2017

  • Physics A-Level Equipment (A2)
  • Laptops
  • Gardening Enrichment Project
  • Computers for Sixth Form
  • Physics A-Level Equipment (A2)
  • 3D Printer for DT
  • Gardening Enrichment
  • Contribution towards Yr 13 Leavers Trip
  • Well Being Workshops
  • The Annual Lower School and Senior Speech Day prizes
  • Physics A-Level Equipment (A2)
  • Autoclave for Biology Dept
  • Physics A-Level Equipment (A2)
  • Outdoor Table-Tennis Tables x2
  • Outdoor Basketball Hoops x3
  • Drama Production (Guys and Dolls)
  • A Brand New Baby Grand Piano for Music Dept

2015-2016

  • 32 Lap tops and Mobile Charging unit
  • Two more OutdoorTable Tennis Tables
  • New Basketball Hoops for the courts
  • Wellbeing training workshops for boys sitting external exams
  • Donations towards the Community Sensory Garden
  • Autoclave for Chemistry and Biology Dept

2014-2015

  • Laser Cutter For Art Dept
  • New Curriculum Physic Lab equipment
  • Contribution towards new Library Floor
  • Wellbeing training workshops for boys sitting external exams
  • Undersigning the 2015 Joint School Production of “Anything Goes”
  • Short Corner Hockey Masks
  • Four Outdoor Benches for Trinity Road Playing Field

2013-2014

  • Studio Lighting equipment with flash meter with white background system
  • Large Scale Photomontage of boys as wall decorations for art, PE, music, science departments
  • Mobile Cricket Pitch Covers
  • Tumble drier to dry Rugby/Hockey Team Kits for Trinity Road Recruitment
  • UV Etching tank for DT.
Parent Volunteers 

We are very pleased to sign up a large number of Year 7 dads and mums each year, however it may take a few months for your turn to come around as we can only use two new parents at each match.  When you are asked please see if can help on that date and let me know if you can help or not as quickly as possible. I will send you a reminder you are helping out the week before the match.

If you’re not on the list and could spare an occasional Saturday afternoon or weekday evening to help please contact Mrs Rachel Hawtin Car Parking Co-ordinator by E mail, pacarparking@keaston.bham.sch.uk

Provision of Refreshments 7 to Yr 13 Parents Evenings

The PA also sell hot drinks and refreshments at Parents’ Evenings, Open Days and run the refreshments and raffles at school music concerts, from which we raise a small income

We have Licensed Refreshments at the Christmas Music and Mince Pies concert and the Spring Term Jazz Concert.

We have a small core of regular helpers, organised by Mrs Teresa Shukri but we always need more new parents to sign up and to help on a regular basis. please contact  pachair@keaston.bham.sch.uk.

Years 12 & 13 

Sometimes the opportunity to help does not arise when your boys are younger but can only happen when they are in Yrs 12 &13 when the whole family are a little older and more independent, please contact me then.

Committee Meetings

Our Constitution says: The object of the Association is to advance the education of pupils in the School.

  • Develop extended relationships between Staff, Parents and others associated with the School.
  • Engage in activities that support the School and advance the education of pupils attending it.
  • Provide and assist in the provision of such facilities or items for education at the School (not provided from statutory funds) as the Committee (and very occasionally in consultation with the Governing Body) shall from time to time determine.
  • At no time shall the Association nor any section of the Association take action which, in the opinion of the Headmaster, will interfere with the normal running of the School.

How does the school spend the money raised? 

The PA committee meets once a month. At 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month at the Simpson Building at Trinity Road Sports Ground where the boys play Rugby,  unless the PA diary ( see link above ) says the meeting is at school, we meet to plan events and consider requests for funding bids from any school departments, consequently we make regular donations for a wide variety of equipment and projects big and small.

The Committee ensures that the refreshment counters and the parking scheme are adequately staffed by both committee and volunteer parents. 

 The meetings are informal but structured and you are welcome to join us any time in the year. They are attended by either the Headmaster or Deputy Headmaster.

The Association has a number of officers. These posts are currently held by:

Chair: Mrs Rachel Hawtin                                       (PAchair@keaston.bham.sch.uk

Vice-Chair: Mr David Stanley

Treasurer: Mrs Keyna Parkin                                 (PAtreasurer@keaston.bham.sch.uk)

Secretary: Mrs Raluca McQueen

Parking Co-ordinator: Rachel Hawtin                     (PAcarparking@keaston.bham.sch.uk) stepping down 2018

Parking Permits Coordinator: Mrs Keyna Parkin   (PAparkingpermits@keaston.bham.sch.uk)

 Head of Catering:    Mrs Teresa Shukri

The Parents’ Association is fortunate to be run by such a dedicated team of mums and dads.  Parents who have busy work and family lives too.  Several members of the committee no longer have sons at Aston but continue to help out.  We know the School is extremely grateful to everyone that continues to make the Parents’ Association work as it a very important part of King Edward VI Aston School and for it to continue we need more parents of the younger boys to get involved at all levels.

For more information please contact Mrs Rachel Hawtin on pachair@keaston.bham.sch.uk

or call 07917 324996, you can also leave a message via the School Office 0121 327 1130.

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