We are fortunate at our school to have a parents, teachers and friends association (PTFA) that’s an integral part of the school community. The PTFA is a registered charity and over the years has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s educational experience, improve the school facilities and provide fun events and activities for the children.
Our association is about much more than simply fundraising. All Saints Ranton 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. It’s fun too - just ask any of the Committee members or volunteers.
All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families are automatically members of the PTFA when their child joins our school.
6 Reasons why YOUR PTFA matters
- It’s for the kids – The PTFA not only improves your child’s school but it enhances their education and opportunities.
- It builds trust – The PTFA is a great way to get to know other parents and teachers whilst gaining an insight into the workings of the school. With parents and teachers striving towards the same goals, the parent group is an instrumental in making a real difference in the school life of all children.
- It raises money – funds raised from participation in the PTFA impact massively on the opportunities and experiences of all the children at school. The majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run. Donations from parents are extremely important. You can donate time, money, items for sale, raffle prizes or offers of services and skills. The PTFA committee are responsible for deciding how our PTFA funds are spent. Usually the School Leadership Team provide a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like us to consider funding. We also invite input from parents too, so if you have an idea of something that would benefit all the children in the school, please do share it with the Committee. We can discuss it at a meeting and feedback. Funds are typically spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences so much more fulfilling and exciting.
- It gives you a voice – we act as a consultative group for school leaders and governors so whether its deciding on where PTFA funds are spent or getting parents views on particular topics you can make sure you have a voice in how your school operates.
- It forges connections beyond the school gates – the PTFA is a great way to build connections in the local community from events, sponsorships and involvement of local businesses.
The PTFA Committee – Who’s Who and what we do
- Carol Clayton, PTFA Chair - Running of all PTFA meetings, overseeing any event planning and maintaining the momentum for fundraising throughout the school year.
- Liz Summers, Treasurer - Coordinating and recording all PTFA monies including float provision, banking monies, issuing payments and producing regular accounts.
- Claire Smart – School liaison.
- Hollie Delaney, Vice-Chair - Co-ordinates teams of volunteers and acts as deputy to the chair particularly to progress broader PTFA initiatives.
- Claire Holdcroft, Secretary - Minute taking at meetings, producing and distributing all PTFA paperwork and general administration tasks.
- Felicity Freer, Marketing Co-ordinator - Advertises the events and activities of the PTFA, engages with the school PTFA community online and actively works to increase the reach and audience of our online marketing activities.
The Committee meet on a regular basis and hold open PTFA meetings, any member can come along, find out what the association are planning, share ideas and get involved.
Information on upcoming events and dates are included in the regularly published school newsletters. If you have access to Facebook please join our group “PTFA All Saints Ranton” where we regularly post news and information. We also have a Whatsapp Group that you can join to keep up to date. Please use the QR codes below for the Facebook and Whatsapp groups.
Registered charity in England & Wales 1167801