PTFA – Parents, Teachers and Friends Association
What is a PTFA?
PTFA stands for Parents, Teachers and Friends Association.
Our primary purpose is to raise funds for extras. That is those items which fall outside the educational budget but are necessary or desirable for the children’s development and the general wellbeing of the school.
Why do we have a PTFA?
We are very fortunate at our school to have a PTFA that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for many years.
In its time the PTFA has raised many thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general.
But it is much, much more than just fundraising. The PTFA exists to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school working towards a common goal. And it’s fun! Just ask any of the PTFA Committee members. Obviously as in any organisation, there are times when it is more ‘challenging’, but with the continued support of parents and staff, our PTFA has always succeeded in its efforts.
The PTFA is extremely conscious of the ethos and morals of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Not all of our events are run as fundraisers.
Why are we a Registered Charity?
The Charities Act 1993 requires organisations such as ours with an annual income in excess of £1,000 to register with the Charity Commission. As a Charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a Constitution. Our Constitution lays down rules about how we operate as a PTFA and how we conduct ourselves.
Being a Registered Charity gives us many extra benefits. We are able to apply for Gift Aid, which can earn us an extra 28.2p in every pound donated to the PTFA. We can raise funds more easily from grant giving trusts, local businesses etc. We can take advantage of charity matched giving schemes.
Our PTFA Committee consists of Officers (eg. Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) and other Committee Members to make up the full Committee. The Committee meet on a regular basis usually once or twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary to organise our bigger events.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held at the beginning of the autumn term, and this is an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about events run and funds raised, and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new Committee.
Events Organised by the PTFA
- Quiz Night
- Film Nights
- Christmas Fete
- Summer Fete
- Christmas Disco
- Leavers’ Disco
- Cake Sales
- Christmas Cards
- Towel Sales
- Macmillan Coffee Morning
Examples of items purchased by the PTFA
- Benches for Key Stage 2 playground
- Trophies for children of the week
- Termly Trophies
- Christmas presents (every child)
- Chess sets
- A new pencil bin
- Incubators for chicken eggs and chicks
- Residential trips
- Insurance for school trips
- Information Noticeboard
- Apple computer (purchased by a PTFA member who did the Great North Run)