What is the PTA?
FOSP (Friends of Scholes Primary) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of pupils in the school by engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school.
FOSP is run by a group of parents and staff who all give their time on a voluntary basis to organise and run fundraising (and hopefully fun!) activities for those in our school community. FOSP meet approximately every six weeks. We welcome all parents and carers at the school to join in!
The funds we raise provide ‘extras’ for the school. On an annual basis, the school gives us a ‘wish list’ of items they feel would be of benefit. For example, we have contributed towards iPads for the school as well as musical instruments and outdoor play equipment. Our current main focus is to raise funds for the swimming pool.
The Chair of the PTA is Kerry Lander. Kerry can be contacted via the school office.
Minutes of meetings:
Our main fundraiser of the year is the Christmas Fair, where we have stalls selling goods, refreshments, and games to play. This take place towards the end of the Autumn term – see the school calendar for the planned dates. We hold events for the children throughout the year including Movie Nights and discos. We also hold events for parents and the wider community such as quiz nights. If you have ideas for any other events, please speak to the FOSP Chair, leave a message at the school office, or come along to our next meeting!
Other ways to fund raise
Please spread the word among your family and friends about these ways to raise money for FOSP, so we can benefit our school!
FOSP is a charity registered in England and Wales (registered charity number: 1030922).
We welcome donations of any amount to help achieve our aim of advancing the education of pupils at the school.
Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you shop you could be raising money for FOSP? Shop with any of over 3000 well-known retailers listed on easyfundraising.org.uk and a percentage of what you spend is passed to Friends of Scholes Primary. Retailers include Amazon, M&S, Vodafone, eBay, Tesco, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser Viking and many more. It’s like nectar but instead of earning points, each purchase generates a donation. So, instead of going directly to a retailer’s website, go to easyfundraising first and choose the retailer you want to shop with – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a free donation for FOSP. It’s free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more. On average, each retailer will donate 5% of the cost of your shopping – and those donations soon mount up. Please register to support us when you shop online!
We always collect supermarket vouchers, such as those from Sainsbury’s Active Kids, Tesco Schools and Clubs and Morrisons Let’s Grow (and tokens like Nestle Box Tops for Books from cereal packets, too!). The school uses vouchers like these to buy new equipment for the playgrounds at lunchtime – a new parachute, some skipping ropes and equipment to help with our balancing.
If you’d like to find out more about what we do, or become involved in FOSP, either as a committee member, trustee, volunteer at events, or even as Chair, you’re welcome to come along to one of the meetings (ask the school office staff when this is). You would be very welcome and it’s a great way to be part of school life!