This page has been written by our PTFA for you, as a new family within our school community. We realise it can be strange joining a school, and there always seems to be so many questions to ask. This web page aims to give you the information you will need regarding Studham Church of England Village School PTFA, which is a major part of school life.
If after having read it you have any questions, please do get in touch with one of the PTFA committee members, or ask via the school office.
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 some time now. In its time the PTFA has raised 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 our PTFA is about 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. 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 all it does.
All parents and members of the school community can get involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available, and all parents are automatically members of the PTFA when their children join our school.
Role of the Committee
Our PTFA committee consists of four Officers (2 Chairpersons; the Treasurer and Secretary) and other ‘normal’ members who make up the full committee. The Committee meet on a regular basis, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary to organise larger more complicated events.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held at School at the beginning of the academic year and this is an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about events run, funds raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee.
Support from the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations – NCPTA
Our PTFA is a member of the NCPTA, which is the national charity that advances education and supports PTAs, throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We pay an annual membership fee to the NCPTA which gives us lots of member benefits including subscription linked insurance cover, support and advice on PTFA matters, fundraising issues, opportunities to meet with other PTFA’s to discuss and share experiences, regular newsletters and the PTA magazine, along with a whole host of extensive list of PTFA information and resources.
How We Raise Money
Like most PTFAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Our most popular event is The Famous Studham Summer Ball. We also run a number of small events for the children and families throughout the year, such as, Film nights, Christmas Cards, Christmas Fairs etc.
So you can see there is always something going on!
How We Spend the Money We Raise
Once money is raised from events the funds are banked straight away. It is at our PTFA Meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed.
Usually, our Headteacher will have a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like to purchase. Sometimes this will be as a result of the children asking for something (e.g. the new playground equipment). At other times it will be for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment. In all the PTFA funds are for the ‘extras’ not provided by the school budget, that make our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting.
PTFA funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of the school building as this is the responsibility of the school Governing Body. Our job is to spend money on things that will benefit the children directly.
The PTFA does have ongoing commitments every year:
We subsidise the cost of a theatre visit once a year, coaches for Year 3 when they go swimming and various donations towards school trips to help parents fund them.
How We Get Information to You
All PTFA letters are sent home are printed on blue paper – so they are easily recognised. The letters include information on forthcoming events and dates plus requests for assistance, when we are planning large events.
How Can You Get Involved
There are lots of ways you can help and support your child through the PTFA. Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable – it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis.
You can of course if you feel able, volunteer to be a Committee Member. Or you can simply support the AGM and give us your ideas for fundraising events – this is also the time to ask questions or voice your opinion.
You can help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use – everything is potentially valuable to us.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope you now know a little more about your PTFA. On behalf of all the children we would like to thank you for your very valuable support which enriches their learning experiences and makes their time in school so enjoyable.
From all the PFTA Committee