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We aim to provide children with a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability.

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WLFS PTA (Parent Teacher Association) 

Who are we?

The WLFS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a registered charity (number 1165365 ) with two main aims: 

  • Fundraising – raising money to provide enrichment opportunities for our students, particularly the 38% from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Strengthening our community – enhancing our strong and supportive school community by organising events and activities which bring together students, parents/carers and staff.

What do we do?

Each academic year, parents/carers are elected onto the PTA committee. The committee meets regularly with the purpose of organising events and seeking sponsorship and donations.

The committee organises the Summer Fair, raffles, leavers’ events, auctions, Quiz Night and movie nights, as well as providing refreshments for school events.

All money raised enriches and supplements the education offering for our students and fills funding gaps. 

Heads of department submit funding requests which the committee discuss and vote on, providing thousands of pounds of additional funding each year to the school. 

Second-hand Uniform

We run a second-hand uniform ‘shop’. 

Donations of clean uniform in good condition are encouraged from parents and can be left in the school office at any time.

Orders for uniform can be made by emailing pta@wlfs.org. Please state item required, size needed and name of the child who will collect it. You will receive an email letting you know when the item is available to collect.

Once your child collects their item, if it fits, parents are encouraged to donate through the ‘I heart PTA’ button on ParentPay. If the item does not fit, simply return to school.

Suggested donations:

Blazer/sport jumper £10

Other sportswear £5

Other items £1 (or free)

 We sometimes hold live second-hand uniform sales and dates for these will go out in the weekly Families’ Update.

Upcoming PTA events 2024

  • Cabaret – Y8/9  - 29th February,  Y7 and 10/11 - 1st March,  Y12/13 - 8th March
  • Summer Fair – Friday 28th June
  • Art Auction – date TBC Summer term

Fundraising 2022/23

In the previous academic year, the PTA raised around £13,000 and contributed around £18,000 to the school, using some previous surplus.

We ended the year with a bank balance of around £19,000 in available funds.

All school funding requests were approved with the exception of a bid for gazebos. 

How was funding allocated? 

Funds were used to support the school in a huge number of ways, with some examples listed below:

Support for STEM week

Subsidies for multiple trips including choir trips, theatre visits, language trips abroad.

Funding for Y11 and 13 graduations.

Playground planters and plants

Resources for student productions

Subscriptions for educational periodicals

Textbooks

Author visits 

Committee Members 2023/24

Chair: Zoe Ellinson (Y10 & 13 parent)

Treasurer: Fiona McQuillan (Y8 & 10 parent)

Secretary: Alison Lakey (Y8 parent)

Second Hand uniform coordinator: Emily Hammersley (Y7 parent)

Vandana Mehra (Y10 & 11 parent)

Kristina Vedeike (Y8 & 11 parent)

Honor Mercer (Y9 & 7 parent)

Isabel Magambo (Y8 sibling)

Liz Kanter (Y9 & 13 parent)

Claire Taylor (Y12 parent)

Hannah Izbicki (Y7 & 9 parent)

Join Us!

If you would like to join the PTA committee or offer help at any event, please email us. pta@wlfs.org

 We have an informal ‘community group’ of parents on WhatsApp, who like to attend PTA events and occasionally help out. If you'd like to join this group, look out on year groups whatsapp groups for the link, or email and request group link.

WhatsApp Year groups are used widely by the PTA for communications.  If you are not a member of your relevant year group, contact other parents for a link, or email us and we can help.

    Follow us on Instagram   @wlfs_pta 

 

   Follow us on Facebook at Pta Wlfs. 

EasyFundraising

 Please register at Easyfundraising www.easyfundraising.org.uk and nominate the ‘WLFS PTA’ as your chosen charity. All retailers listed will donate a percentage of what you spend. Follow this link for directions:

https://youtu.be/G8jCNqFFA-A 

Attachments

A copy of our constitution can be accessed here.    

Minutes September 2023 – AGM PTA September 2023. (to be attached)

Financial information presented at AGM 2023 

 

 

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