Introduction to the PTFA
Our Parent, Teacher & Friends Association (PTFA) is a registered charity that works hard to raise money to benefit the children of our school. Its objective is to fundraise to further the education of our children through the purchase of resources for the school or to provide enrichment opportunities that the school could otherwise not afford.
The PTFA is run by parent volunteers who are part of a committee that is formed of Officer roles including a Chair (or two Co-Chairs), Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, two Class Reps from each class in the school and additional members who are regular helpers. The committee meets monthly throughout the school year and welcomes everyone to be involved, whether they are able to attend meetings or not. The PTFA is a friendly, pro-active group of parents who are supportive of the school’s vision and want to make a difference to the children’s experience of school. Getting involved with the PTFA is a great way to meet parents from across the school and learn more about the school.
The PTFA raises money by running a number of events throughout the year for parents, children and the community including taking part in the Dragon Boat Race at Bewl Water, the Christmas Bazaar, the Goudhurst 10k run, Village Fete and social events for parents such as The Midsummer Party. Over the last four years the PTFA has raised over £55,000 which has all been spent to the benefit of the children and includes major investments such as converting a large cupboard to a home-from-home space for children with special needs, refurbishing the ICT suite to feature a music room and a small group teaching space and new reading scheme books to circus workshops for all the children, outdoor learning equipment and book corners for every classroom. The PTFA also subsidises school trips and raises money for each teacher to spend on equipment for their class through regular cake sales in the playground.
The Governors and Headteacher value greatly the work of the PTFA and recognise that the money the PTFA raises makes a real difference to your children’s experience of our school. If you would like to get involved either by taking on an Officer role, being a Class Rep, committee member or regular helper for events please do get in touch via The School Office.