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Great Bowden Academy

Great Bowden Academy


At Great Bowden Academy we have a wonderful Parent Teacher Association (PTA) which is incredibly active in organising community events, activities and raising money for our school. They run fun events throughout the year for the children to enjoy such as discos, ‘movie nights’, Santa’s grottos, Easter bonnet parades and much more. These activities are not only fun, but they also raise additional funds for our school, that allow for the ‘extras’ which enhance and contribute to the learning experiences of our pupils.  These include funding new play equipment, additional books for reading corners, contributing to the experiences our children have, as well as many other items for use by the children.

Year-round events include raffles, quizzes, planting days, fun runs and much more. Everyone is welcome to join. Any help, no matter how big or small, is really appreciated. We have a calendar of coming events (see below) which you can help in many ways.

If you would like to help volunteer your time, skill, trade or donate, please contact the Chair of the PTA, Emily Beach, via the Office or

GBA PTA is a registered charity.

Want to be part of the team?

We are currently looking for a Treasurer to take over from our current Treasurer who will be leaving us this summer. Are you keen to support the school and the PTA, but not available to attend or volunteer at events? Are you good with numbers, methodical and confident handling money and budgets? If yes, this is the job for you? 

We'd love for an opportunity for a proper handover so we would love to get someone in place this summer term. Full job details below.


Upcoming events...

Please see below for the upcoming events. Some of these we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in leading, or helping at any of these events, please email or speak to your Class Rep.

PTA Fun Run, Saturday 13th May 

Following on from the success of last year’s joint school Fun Run with GBA PTA and Ridgeway’s Friends of Ridgeway Academy (FORA), the team are excited to announce we will be hosting another Fun Run on Saturday 13th May, 11.30am start.

This year this 2k run will start and finish at Great Bowden Academy. It will have a slightly changed round from last year taking fields and footpaths to round the village, up to Ridgeway school and back to GBA. And not forgetting the ‘little legs race’ on the field for those that can’t make it round the 2k course. Last year was so much fun, we can’t wait for this year’s event where we are looking to improve it even more.

But to make it happen, we need your help! We are looking for volunteers for the following positions to help out and make the day as safe and fun as possible…

  • Trained / certified First Aiders: Do you hold a valid first aid certificate? Could you be on hand on the day from approx. 11am (full details on times etc will be provided)
  • Marshalls: To stand along the route and ensure people stay on track. From approx. 11am-1pm
  • Set up & registration desk: To help set up for the day and to take registration forms and money. From 8.3/9am - 2.30 / 3pm.
  • Refreshments: To help serve refreshments. Between 10.30am - 2.30 / 3pm, shifts can be created.
  • Cleaning down: Help us pack up and clear things away. From approx. 2.30pm.
  • If you can spare the whole day (around 8.30 to 3pm) or just a couple of hours, your time would be so helpful and make this event happen. Please donate whatever time they can give.

Sports day (refreshments)

Can you help? We are looking to have refreshment stall for parents and carers at this years sports day. Are you available to help man the stall in the afternoon on 23rd May? If you can, we'd love to hear from you at

GBA Starts refreshment stall

We're delighted to be helping out again at the GB Stars talent show on 9th June (pm). We will be helping backstage, plus we will be manning a refreshment stall to keep our audience of parents, carers and family hydrated through the afternoons performance.

Year 6 performance (refreshments)

We will again be at hand at the Year 6 end of school performance. the popular bar will be back, to help our audience stay refreshed! All profits from the bar will be used to fund next year's performance .

Previous Fundraising Activity from this year....

Easter Bonnet Parade with Cake Sale

The Easter Bonnet Parade is a new tradition here at GBA and it's already a winner. This year the children out did themselves in their creativity with their fabulous bonnets. Parents, family and carers came to watch the parade and got to meet our special guest - the Easter Bunny! A huge thank you to Suzi Simpkin for her generosity in providing the indregients and her time to bake the most stunning cakes. Funds raised from the sale of these cakes was a massive £343 - thank you.



Spring Disco

The PTA discos are always a sure fire hit! The children love them and they are supported so well. Thanks to everyone who came along, and all the volunteers. We raised a fantastic £250.





Quiz Night

A fabulous night. Thanks to all who could attend. It was loads of fun, plus we raised over £1,000 - a huge thank you as always for your support.

PTA Quiz night

Santa's Grotto,   8th December 2022 (pm in school).

The library was transformed into a Winter Wonderland grotto where pupils met with Father Christmas and his Elf Helper 'Fiver'. Father Christmas read each class the story 'The Night Before Christmas' before meeting each child and giving them each a small gift. A magical experience for all. 



Christmas Advent Window 8th December 2022 in the 'Reading Garden'.

Reveal of our Christmas window created by the pupils of GBA plus hot chocolate, Christmas carols and Father Christmas.