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F.O.R.M. - Friends of Repton Manor

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Why do we have a PTFA?

We are fortunate at our new school to have started a PTFA. In its short time the PTFA has raised hundreds of pounds, which will be spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education.

FORM is about much more than simply fundraising. FORM 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 is fun too - just ask any of the Committee members. Obviously, as in any organisation, we have experienced some challenges but with the continued support of parents and staff, FORM has always succeeded in its efforts.

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 FORM when their child joins our school.

FORM is extremely conscious of the ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Not all of our events are run as fundraisers. such as our children’s valentines disco which was organised with the aim of giving the children a good time and as a way of thanking families for their continued support for the PTFA.

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. We are also extremely grateful to the local businesses who have participated in charity matched giving schemes.  This has made a huge difference to our fundraising efforts.

Role of the Committee

FORM committee consists of four Officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  We also have 11 ordinary committee members to make up the full committee. 

The Committee meet on a regular basis usually once or twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.

Support from PTA-UK

Our PTFA 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. Our association is one of over 13,600 members in current membership of the PTA-UK.  We pay an annual membership fee which gives us lots of member benefits including comprehensive insurance cover for all PTA run events, support and advice on running the PTA plus fundraising ideas and good practice hints and tips. PTA-UK also provides us with the opportunity to meet and communicate with other PTAs to discuss and share experiences. We receive termly publications, which are displayed on the PTA notice board and we receive guidance to ensure our events are legal and safe. In addition, we have a valuable resource at our fingertips – www.pta.org.uk

How we spend the money we raise

Following a fundraising event the money is banked straight away.  It is at our PTFA Committee meetings, that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed.

Usually, Mr Rawling’s will have a ‘wish list’ of items that the school would like the PTFA to consider funding. Sometimes this will be as a result of the children asking for something, at other times it will be for resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment. The PTFA funds are spent on the ‘extras’ that are not provided by the school’s budget, thus making our children’s learning experiences even  more fulfilling and exciting.

We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school and curriculum.  

Please look out on the Repton Reporter for information on forthcoming events and dates plus requests for assistance, when we are planning large events.   

PTFA events are posted on the school notice boards which are situated by the office entrance.

How you can 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 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 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.  

reptonmanorparents@hotmail.co.uk