"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.



"Honey and Rose are hosting a bath bomb making evening. Come along and have a fun night with friends and go home with up to 5 amazing organic bath bombs. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink and nibbles on us, and feel free to bring along your own drinks. The cost is £10 per person plus 84p booking fee, a bargain as evenings like this usually cost in excess of £25, so come and join us for a great but cheap evening out. Thursday 30th January, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, The Lodge at Pineapple Palace.


Disco fever is in the air again, look out for the disco letter soon, spares are always kept in reception.


The next PDSA meeting is on 28th February at 9.00am and will be held in the Infant School. We would love to have some support from more Infant School parents so grab a friend and come and see what it’s all about!"

PDSA Meetings

Monday 13th Jan 7pm - Wolf Class
Friday 28th Feb 9am - Community Room
Weds 18th Mar 7pm - Wolf Class
Friday 24th Apr 9am in Community Room
Monday 18th May 7pm Wolf Class
Friday 3rd July 9am in Community Room

PDSA Events


Disco - Friday 7th February 2020
Bag2School Clothing Collection – 30th Mar 2020
Mothers Day presents - w/c 16th March 2020
Disco - Friday 15th May 2020
Fathers Day presents - w/c 15th June 2020
Summer BBQ - Saturday 5th or 12th June 2019, 6-9pm


Easter Sponsored Read – TBA 

Reading café - TBA

Penny wars or similar – TBA 

Spring Chalkfest - TBA

Sports Day refreshments – TBA

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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