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All Parents and Carers automatically become members of the Family & Staff Association when they join our school.
Why do we have the F&SA?
We are very fortunate at our school to have an organisation such as the F&SA that is and has been such an integral part of the school community for more than 25 years. In its time the F&SA has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities. In addition to this, the F&SA works hard to bring our school community together and the F&SA provides an opportunity for everyone to work towards a common goal.
The F&SA can help parents/carers to:
- improve the school's facilities, community spirit and partnership with parents
- socialise and get to know each other whilst taking part in a range of activities
- find out more about how the school works, developing effective partnerships with the teaching and nonteaching staff
- fundraise for extra items or services to enrich the children's education
- increase their own knowledge and skills
The F&SA can help our children:
- receive a richer education as a result of items bought by the F&SA
- benefit from parents' increased understanding of the school
- socialise by taking part in fundraising events and activities
- understand the importance of giving
The F&SA can help the school:
- reach potential volunteers and enthusiasts who may help with school projects
- enhance the profile and awareness of the school within the local community
How we raise and spend money
The majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run, such as Quiz Night and the Summer Fair. We raise money in other ways too via easyfundraising.org.uk, our termly bag2school collections and our weekly cake sales. The F&SA is extremely conscious of the ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. The money we raise is usually spent fairly quickly. That way, you can be sure that in supporting our school, your child/ren will feel the benefit, along with everybody else. In the past, the F&SA has contributed £5,000 for the football pitch and £10,000 towards playground equipment. In 2014/15 alone funds raised contributed to purchasing iPads (£6,000), school books (£1,085), Numicon ‘maths blocks’ (£325), World Book Day (3,700), Christmas presents for each class (£750) and the school’s amazing stairwell project (£6000) amongst other things.
How we get information to you
The F&SA notice board is situated outside directly opposite the school office. This is a great source of information and is kept updated; please do check this regularly for any event updates. We produce a monthly F&SA newsletter which is sent out to families via email and also put up onto the school notice board. We also have F&SA Class rep meetings about once a term. Although these meetings are primarily for parents and carers who have chosen to become F&SA classroom representatives, everyone is more than welcome to attend. During these meetings, we generally discuss upcoming F&SA fundraising initiatives and how money has recently been spent.
How you can get involved
There are lots of ways you can help and support the school through the F&SA. Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you cannot come into school. There are always jobs that can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc. We really couldn’t achieve what we do without the behind the scenes help that we receive. If you would like to be more involved you can volunteer to be a Class Representative. You can also help by letting us know if you have any contacts or skills we could use; everything is potentially valuable to us.
Role of the F&SA Committee
Our F&SA committee consists of three Officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. We also have usually another seven committee members to make up the full committee. The Committee meet on a regular basis usually once a month. If you wish to learn more about joining the F&SA committee then please let us know.
Annual General Meeting (AGM
Our Annual General Meeting is held at the beginning of the academic year around October to report on the previous year’s work and elect the new committee members. This is a meeting for all members of the F&SA, not just the elected committee members. It is our chance to tell you about our achievements and the difference the F&SA has made to the school.
Charity law requires voluntary organisations such as ours with an annual income in excess of £5,000 to register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. As a charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a governing document referred to as our constitution. Our constitution sets out the rules about how we operate as a PTA and how we conduct ourselves. If you would like to see a copy of the constitution, please contact one of the F&SA Committee members.
Links with local businesses
We have, over time, developed strong links with the local community and are always well supported by both residents and businesses, for which we are very grateful. Many of our local shops are very generous providing donations for raffle prizes, auction items, etc. and some have taken part in our main events. This has made a huge difference to our fundraising efforts. We are currently involved in helping the school build long-term business links as part of the ongoing enterprise initiative. If you are able to help with this initiative then please let us know.
The F&SA is a member of PTA-UK, which is a national charity and membership organisation providing support and guidance for all home school associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We pay an annual membership fee, which gives us lots of member benefits including comprehensive insurance cover for all our events along with support and advice on running the F&SA.
If you would like to contact the F&SA then simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org or simply speak to any one of the F&SA committee members.
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