At Winscombe School, we have a very active PTFA. It has run for many years with a Committee made up of parents and teachers who serve for three years and the Head Teacher, who serves as President for life! The enthusiasm of the Committee and the involvement of parents and staff contribute significantly to the wider community of the school and also raises much needed funds.
We enjoy trying any fun way of making money and are always open to new ideas. We have several ‘core’ events each year including a Bonfire Night Firework Display and Summer Fair; .
The majority of our work is fundraising. This money is then spent on items within the school that are not covered by the school budget. We believe this makes an important difference to the learning and fun enjoyed by our children at the School.
We have an annual turnover of about £15,000 and make a profit of about £8,000. We are now a registered charity. This gives us further money raising benefits as we can claim tax back on some events!
We spend this money with guidance from the teaching staff, parents and of course the children who give us their wish list via the School Council.
The projects can be large and small. This last year, we have purchased/funded books; playground toys; school trips and many more things.
The PTFA is a great way to get to know other parents and the school. Meetings are held once a term in the local pub, the Woodborough Inn. This helps make the meeting more of a social evening, rather than an extension to the working day!
The PTFA is greatly appreciated by staff and children at the school for all their efforts. Monies raised are spent on projects within the school and to subsidise trips and events.