William Patten PTFA are looking for a new Chair and Secretary (shared or solo roles) to start asap.
The roles require ideally a few years’ commitment but can be an extremely rewarding and sociable too, as you meet the wider school community and see schemes that have been funded by the PTFA come to fruition. It can be creative and fun, as you explore new ideas for fundraising and events. On top of all that, you will make a valuable contribution to the school and your child’s time there.
The Chair provides leadership and coordination to the PTFA. The Chair works alongside the PTFA committee, which includes a Treasurer, and a Secretary, and the Head teacher. The PTFA help promote close cooperation between parents, teachers and school governors, and organise activities to promote the welfare and education of pupils at the school. In particular, they raise much-needed additional funds, something that is becoming ever more crucial in these times of reduced education budgets.
The Chair and Secretary schedules and runs the PTFA meetings (approximately one or two a term). The Secretary reports the Minutes from the meetings (can do an audio recording, then compile from this). The meetings help decide how the fundraising money should be spent, and what events the PTFA will organize. The Chair ensures the PTFA events run smoothly. The only busy time is in the build up to the main events (two annual fairs in non Covid times). The Chair and Secretary do not run these events, but help coordinate groups of parents in advance to run them. The Secretary also helps coordinate communication to all parents about meetings, news and events.
A summary of the roles are below. If you have any questions, please email the school.
Main duties of Chair:
Set the agenda for meetings after speaking with committee and Headteacher
Run meetings in an efficient and timely manner ensuring that everyone is able to contribute
Agree a date for the next meeting
Welcome and involve new members
Help coordinate volunteers to run the events
Approve minutes of the last meeting
Main duties of Secretary:
Preparation and distribution of newsletters and other communications to parents
Manage correspondence via email and social media. Coordinate with the school office.
Arrange PTFA meetings in person or via zoom (1 or 2 a term)
Prepare and distribute agendas
Take the minutes of meetings, type them up and distribute
‘PTFA’ stands for Parents Teachers and Friends Association. All academic staff, parents, carers and guardians of children at William Patten are automatically considered members of the PTFA – we’re simply your committee.
We promote close cooperation between parents, teachers and school governors, and we organise and engage in activities to promote the welfare and education of pupils at the school. In particular, we raise much-needed additional funds – something that is becoming ever more crucial in these times of reduced education budgets.
William Patten PTFA is a charity. We’re run by volunteers and we rely on the ideas, skills, help and time of people like you to make things happen.
Our projects are fun (if also hard work!), and they’re great way to get to know other parents and carers throughout the school – and to do your bit for the school. The Fairs in particular are a fantastic way to get involved and we warmly welcome anyone who puts their hand up to help – watch your inbox for more info as the Fairs approach.
If you would like to offer financial support, we also run the PTFA Lottery, which is an easy way to make a monthly donation – with the added excitement of potentially winning a prize!
The PTFA focuses on fundraising…
Our main fundraising sources are:
And on putting the funds to good use…
We’ve used the funds we’ve raised to support a variety of school events and activities over the years, such as:
This year our areas of focus include the following – and we’re always open to new ideas.
To get involved with the PTFA, please come along to one of our meetings, get in touch via email, or grab one of us in the playground.
We look forward to meeting you!
Please sign up for Easy Fundraising to raise money for the school via online shopping (funds go direct to the school):