Welcome to the PTFA page! As a parent/carer/family member of a child at Studham Village CE Academy you are automatically a member of the PTFA.
Why Do We Have A PTFA?
We are very fortunate at our school to have an active PTFA that is dedicated to raising funds to support our children’s time in school including funding resources to enhance their learning and fun events for them all to enjoy.
The PTFA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring the whole school community together socially in support of the school. 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 three officers (The Chairperson, the Treasurer and the Minutes Secretary) and other vital members that make up the full committee. The Committee meet on a regular basis which is usually every half term although we may have extra meetings when there is a larger event to coordinate.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our Annual General Meeting is held at the School in October 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 provides 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 PTFA's, most of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Events that we usually run are an Easter egg hunt, summer fair, Christmas fair, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift sales and cake and uniform sales. We have had popular raffles that have been sponsored by local companies which also raises money to support the school; main prizes have included summer soiree in a wheelbarrow, Christmas hamper and a spring hamper.
We also run a Pre-Owned Uniform ‘shop’ from which all proceeds go to the PTFA - see details on this page.
We are open to any other fundraising ideas you may have!
How We Spend the Money We Raise
It is at our PTFA Meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed.
We have encouraged the school and specifically each class teacher to create a wish list of resources or items to promote the children’s experiences in school and have also used the method of agreeing an amount for each class group for school to use to buy resources. In addition to this the Headteacher approaches us about other items that the school requires support with (e.g., new playground equipment).
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. Our aim is to spend money on things that will benefit the children directly.
We have committed to subsidising the yearly pantomime theatre trip and look to continue to do this as it’s a great trip enjoyed by all!
How We Get Information to You
The PTFA will send letters via the school with updates from us. They will usually be emailed but may be printed too and we will post on the Parents of Studham School Facebook page; we do not use a separate Facebook page.
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 with our events which enriches their learning experiences and makes their time in school so enjoyable.
We can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From all the PFTA Committee