"Hello and welcome to the Parsons Down Schools Association (PDSA). My name is Samantha Carpenter and I am the Chair of the PDSA. As parents/carers of children at the school you are automatically a member of the PDSA.

What do the PDSA do?

We fundraise throughout the year to raise money for both the infant and junior schools to spend on activities and equipment that will enhance our children’s learning and enjoyment at Parsons Down.

What does the money get spent on?

In the past few years we have bought books, computers, visualisers and play equipment as well as supplementing activities such as swimming lessons and the life bus.

What do we need from you?

Anything you can offer! There will be lots of opportunities to put any talents you have to good use, from wrapping at home to running a stall for an hour. You can also join us in our committee meetings as a casual volunteer or just help out where and when you can - anything you can do is much appreciated. Also if your place of work takes part in a corporate responsibility programme we would be delighted if you would be able to help us with matched funding -this is a really easy way for us to boost the amount of money we can raise.


In the meantime there are a couple of links below to companies that we work with to help raise money for the school:


The Giving Machine – Register “Parsons Down Schools Association” as a beneficiary and earn money for the school every time you shop.  

Easy2Name – Quote "Parsons Down Schools Assoc RG19" when ordering name labels and we earn a percentage of your order.

Scholastic Book Club – Select "Parsons Down School" when checking out to earn a percentage of your sale, for school to spend on more lovely books.


Butlins – Use the code "PDSA1" and we can earn money from your booking.


I will be in the junior playground every day at pick up and drop off, or you can leave me a message at either school reception if you have any ideas or questions you would like to share."

If you would like to find out a little more about the PDSA, please take a look at our letter to parents. If you would like to offer suggestions or ideas for future events, please do so using the PDSA suggestion slip.

To get in contact with the PDSA please use our Partnership email address: pdsa@pdp.w-berks.sch.uk. Alternatively you can leave messages in reception and we will get back to you.



"The PDSA raised £140 at the World Book Day Reading Café. We hope everyone went home with a good book or two and thank you for the support!


The Music Magpie collection is now open. Please leave any unwanted CDs, DVDs, computer games and consoles in the PDSA collection boxes in either school’s reception area.


During the week commencing 16th March the PDSA will be selling Mothers Day gifts for loved ones in the school halls from 3pm - 3.30pm for £1 each.


We are having a Summer BBQ planning meeting at the Spotted Dog pub on 23rd March at 8.00pm. The theme this year is VE Day, if you have any

ideas and would like to come along you are most welcome. The next PDSA meeting is on 27th April at 7.00pm at the Infant School.


We are planning our first Krispy Kreme doughnut sale on Friday 27th March. We will be selling doughnuts for £1 each in the playgrounds after school.


We recently spent £261.59 on craft resources for the SEAL Club. We received a beautiful thank you card from the children which we really appreciated, thank you!"

PDSA Meetings


Monday 23rd March 8pm, Spotted Dog (planning meeting for Summer Barbecue)
Monday 27th April 7pm, Infant School
Monday 18th May 7pm, Wolf Class
Friday 3rd July 9am, Community Room

PDSA Events


Mothers Day presents - w/c 16th March 2020

Bag2School Clothing Collection – 30th Mar 2020
Disco - Friday 15th May 2020
Fathers Day presents - w/c 15th June 2020
Summer BBQ - Saturday 5th or 12th June 2019, 6-9pm

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Parsons Down Infant School

Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3TE


Tel: 01635 862475

Email: office.pdi@pdp.w-berks.sch.uk

Parsons Down Junior School

Herons Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SR


Tel: 01635 866700

Email: office.pdj@pdp.w-berks.sch.uk