All parents are automatically members of the PTFA (email address: PTFA@furzeplatt.net). The association makes a huge contribution to the success of the school, supporting students in so many ways.
Charity Number 287878
Welcome letter from the PTFA
Dear Parents and Carers
On behalf of the PTFA we would like to welcome you and your child to Furze Platt Senior School. The PTFA at Furze Platt has been very active over the past year helping raise funds through a variety of different means - both through one-off events and regular contribution schemes.
The chief similarity with a primary or junior school PTA is that our main role is, and will always be, fundraising. It is one of the most damaging myths that a senior school PTA isn’t present/doesn’t matter. However, there is a distinct shift away from organising set piece events (such as fairs) to ongoing fundraisers (such as the 200 Club). The 200 Club is now our main fundraiser and we would encourage as many new parents in Year 7 to sign up as numbers allow. The sign up is now fully online and 4 times a year you might be able to win a big cash prize (current numbers in the 200 club mean three £200 prizes 4 times a year!). The benefit to the PTFA is that with a full complement of numbers we can raise over £5000 every year without badgering you to help out!
The PTFA has supported a huge variety of projects and events this year including:
• Minibus running costs
• Science department equipment
• Celebration evening prizes
• Prom night photobooth
• Drama department equipment
• Year 7 playground redevelopment
We also host 2 hugely popular quiz nights which have been given a reboot by introducing Giant Pan Catering and these nights are once again proving hugely popular. Thanks to all who have attended the 2 sold out events this year.
The PTFA, as well as providing refreshments for many concerts and events, also organise an annual disco (or two) especially for incoming Year 7 students. Please look out for information about these.
If you’d like to be involved in what may well prove to be an exciting new era for the PTFA then either get in touch through the school or just turn up to one of our twice-termly meetings - there really is no better way to get to know your child’s new school. We look forward to meeting you soon.
With best wishes
The Furze Platt PTFA
The biggest and best news we can share with you is our Fundraising Total for last year………drum roll please…………..a staggering £47,000!! Much of our campaign was driven to provide the internal fixtures and fittings for the New Theatre, for which we raised almost £35,000.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who has volunteered their time, energy, expertise and skills over the last few years because we would not have reached such a phenomenal fundraising achievement without you. However, we would appreciate your assistance again (and everyone else’s) this year please, because we are seeking ways to raise funds to purchase more goods and equipment that the school budget doesn't allow for. We welcome all your ideas and thoughts on activities so please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since every charity has seen their revenue stream and fundraising opportunities affected this year, we are no different. We imagine you have become quite masterful in using Zoom and Teams to join quizzes, campaigns, performances and classes now which will be handy as we may hold a Meeting this way in the next few weeks.
Fundraising – we need your help!
At the moment, circumstances mean we are unable to hold ‘en masse’ Uniform Sales, so we are hoping to pick up the reins next year and bring you the Big Quiz 11 as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have a number of fundraisers in which we would encourage you to participate.
Who wants to be a Cash Prize Winner? Then join the 200 Club
The Club runs 4 draws per year and you could win £200 cash per number. Your winnings are made by bank transfer very soon after each draw so there’s no hanging around. The PTFA and school could earn £6000+ per year if everyone joined paying £5 per month. You’re in control of the payments by direct debit, there’s no contract (like your energy or phone!) and there’s no spam emails either (we haven’t got time to send them!). So it’s a win win situation and we hope you’ll click through here to join:
Please click here for more details or below to purchase your numbers:
Who Shops online? Then you could Donate for FREE!
Did you know that eBay, Argos, M&S, John Lewis & Partners, Compare The Market and thousands of other retailers will donate a percentage of your shop to us? The PTFA and school will receive a donation from the retailer following your online purchases. Given that Black Friday, Primeday and ‘gift day’ is fast approaching for the Christmas shopping season, please register with your email address. We have earned over £4000 over the last few years so we’d like you to participate to increase our membership and potential income. It’s FREE to register with Easyfundraising.org.uk, takes 3 minutes and a Win Win for both of us…..what’s not to like?! Click on the link below to register.
Secondhand Uniform for Sale – who needs spares?
We still have a healthy stock of very good condition uniform (daywear and PE) plus some footwear at very reasonable prices. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cash. Please email us your sizes and we’ll get your order bagged up and ready for collection: email@example.com
Matched Funding/Community Support
Do you recognise your employer? If so, please make enquiries regarding their charitable scheme. We were awarded £14,000 last year from various companies. Our registered charity, Furze Platt Senior School PTFA and charity number 287878 will be required, plus some other details so please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Aid – as if by magic, every £1 becomes £1.25!
We are a Registered Charity, number 287878, and entitled to reclaim thousands of pounds from the HMRC, so please always tick ‘Yes’ when asked.
Uniform – has it gone AWOL already? Can we avoid building a Lost Property Snowman/Mountain? We would greatly appreciate your purchase of any labels (not just clothing ones) from Easy2name because the PTFA will earn commission. Just choose ‘Furze Platt Senior School PTFA SL6’ at the checkout – there’s no special code to remember either! https://www.easy2name.com/
Donations - Ad hoc or One Off
Should you or anyone you know wish to make a donation without joining The 200 Club or purchasing lots of Secondhand Uniform or labels, then we would be delighted and enormously grateful to receive your electronic payments. There is no contract or regular debit unless you specify otherwise. For our bank details please email us: email@example.com
Our PTFA is very successful, raising thousands of pounds to purchase equipment and resources to further improve the school. Additionally, the PTFA brings staff and parents together socially in working towards a common goal. This fosters greater links between home and school. And it’s great fun! We always need more helpers, though, to help lighten the load.
How we raise money
Some of the most popular and successful events are:
Numbers are drawn 4 x per year (once per quarter) and if all 200 numbers are in play, three lucky winners could win up to £200 per draw.
200 Club Winning numbers
Draw 1, 10th November 2017: 9, 41 and 51
Draw 2, 8th February 2018: 7, 39 and 63
Draw 3, 11th May 2018: 26, 30 and 65
Draw 4, 5th July 2018: 1, 6 and 66
Draw 5, 23rd November 2018: 20, 69 and 86
Draw 6, 13th February 2019: 12, 83, and 64
Draw 7, 26th April 2019: 16, 18 and 38
Draw 8, 28th June 2019: 16, 35, 95
Draw 9, 15th November 2019: 18, 75, 103
Draw 10, 11th February 2020: 39, 67, 128
Draw 11, 28th May 2020: 17, 36, 44
Draw 12, 13th July 2020: 71 ,91, 113
Draw 13, 1st December 2020: 6, 36, 98
Draw 14, 3rd March 2021: 71, 94, 116
Draw 15: 29th June 2021: 14, 30, 131
Draw 16: 29th June 2021: 18, 20. 39
Congratulations - the owners of these numbers each win large cash prizes!
Our PTFA could benefit up to £6,000 per year if you join us - so please do support our school and have a chance at winning a large cash prize.
Please click here for more details or below to purchase your numbers:
Annual payment (£57 per year): https://donorbox.org/furze-platt-senior-school-ptfa-200-club-annual
Monthly payment (£5 per month): https://donorbox.org/furze-platt-senior-school-ptfa-200-club-monthly
Help is always needed with, for example, setting questions and serving behind the bar.
Refreshments for School Events
It not only raises extra funds for the school, but is also a great way to meet teachers and other parents. Help is mainly needed serving beverages and snacks.
Second Hand Games Uniform
You can buy and donate clean, wearable PE kit at our sales. We feel by encouraging recycling at this level students will gain a life long skill.
Order your name labels for uniform from https://www.easy2name.com/ and select Furze Platt Senior PTFA as your fundraising group at checkout, for us to receive a small donation.
When shopping online, use EasyFundraising.org.ukto log in first and choose Furze Platt Senior School as the cause you support before going on to your chosen retailer's site. It does not cost you a penny but donates to the school. You don't even have to remember to log in each time, as you can click to download the app in your toolbar to activate automatically when you shop at a relevant retailer. This means the school can benefit every time you buy a holiday, outing, electricals, insurance, mobiles, travel, fashion, entertainment and much more, enabling us to fund equipment and opportunities in school.
Please visit EasyFundraising.org.uk and choose to support Furze Platt Senior School.
Thank you for your support.
How we spend the money raised
Requests for equipment and resources are received from the various departments within the school. Did you know the PTFA bought the new bicycle sheds? The aim is to encourage the children to take more exercise, whilst also doing their bit to help the environment. Other purchases include staging, Speech Day prizes, a superb trampoline, external benches, water fountains, the green car and trailer. PTFA members have approved funding for a new saxophone, special ICT equipment for science and money for the Year 11 Prom and much more.
Other ways to help
By giving a donation. Always remember donations are worth more if you can ‘Gift Aid’ them.
By simply coming along and having fun at any of the events we organise.
By attending PTFA meetings. Dates for future meetings will be also be displayed on our board in the main hall, in future newsletters or in the calendar of events on this site.
Next PTFA meeting date: to be confirmed
We look forward to hearing from you or meeting you at future events.
Best wishes from the PTFA committee.