Welcome to The Betty Layward School PTFA!
The PTFA (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association) was formed when The Betty Layward Primary School first opened in 2000. On joining the school, you automatically become a member of our organisation.
Betty Layward PTFA
What is the PTFA?
We are the Betty Layward Parents, Teachers, and Friends Association. All parents, carers and
academic staff at the school are members of the PTFA. We welcome everyone to get involved as
much or as little as you can!
Why are we here?
The PTFA is vital to the success of the school. We exist for two main reasons:
1) To create a sense of community and connection amongst parents, carers, teachers, and
2) To raise funds to support the school. Providing money for school needs, enriching the
kids learning experience and enhancing school facilities for all
The PTFA donations directly influence the experience of our own children, and hundreds of others.
Be part of the group that pays for the playground your child loves or funds the library that’s their
favourite place to be!
How do we do it?
By organising fundraising events and initiatives. They’re good fun, bring the community together,
make memories and change the school for the better.
What do we do?
Our events include:
- Autumn: Quiz Night, Second-Hand Christmas Winter Jumper Sale, Winter Fair, Kids Xmas
- Spring: Jumble-Sale, Second-Hand Bike & Scooter Sale (including repair/maintenance)
- Summer: Summer Fair
- Fridays Fortnightly: Bake for Books Cake Sales run by each year group in turns (with the
- addition of mulled wine and hot chocolate in the winter months!)
- What does the money we raise do?
- The funds raised support many school events, activities, and facilities. These include:
- School trips and providing books for classrooms
- Year 6 Leavers Trips / Yearbook, Y5 Cycling and Year 4 chess club
- Christmas Lunch and summer Ice Creams for the kids
- Building the outdoor Tepee Classroom
- Building the new Woodlands playground equipment
How can you help?
There are lots of ways you can help the PTFA. Everyone is welcome!
1) Lend a hand: We always need helpers! Even if you can give just a few hours over the year, it
all adds up. Parent help is essential to fundraising events - to take the lead or just as an extra
pair of hands to man a stall
2) Donate directly: Via the PTFA PayPal account: http://paypal.me/blptfa
3) Benevity.org: We are registered on Benevity.org, a corporate platform for employee
donations. Check with your employer if they participate in a matching gifts program with
4) Join the Committee
It’s easy to get involved!
- Volunteer for one of the Bake Sales or upcoming events – just an hour of your time raises
- hundreds of pounds
- Get in touch via email - bettyPTFA@gmail.com or speak to your class rep
- Come along to one of the PTFA meetings (once a term)
- Raise money as you shop!
The Giving Machine
Shop online via The Giving Machine. It doesn’t cost you a penny but does raise money for the school
- Simply register on the site and click through to your preferred retailer to shop as normal.
- Sign up here: https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk
Who are the Committee?
The PFTA Committee are a group of parents and carers of children currently attending Betty
Layward. We are all volunteers and rely on the ideas, skills, help and time of people like you to make
all of our fundraising happen. All help is welcome!
Please get in touch if you have any questions or to get involved.
The Trustees of the PTFA
Throughout each term
30/09, 14/10, 4/11, 18/11
|Notified to class reps to organise and publicised in the newsletter.|
|Jumble Sale||11/03||Normally from 10am to midday. Jumble sale plus refreshments (cakes and biscuits) with school staff and PTFA.|
|Variety Show||TBC||Staff led and a team of attending parents (asked to serve for 10 minutes each). Someone needs to buy biscuits and check we have enough refreshments.|
|Eid Festival||TBC||Runs from 4.30pm to 5:30pm with the help of school staff and PTFA. Food provided by the school community to celebrate the breaking of the fast, and music (sound system organised by the school)|
|Summer Fair||Saturday 1st July 2023|
|Summer Fiesta||September 2022||Usually held after school Food (burgers and hot dogs), cocktails and mocktails plus beer and other soft drinks. Live music or DJ.|
|End of Year Surprise||Last day of summer term|
|Quiz Night||18th November 2022||Primarily intended as a social evening rather than a fundraiser.|
|Christmas Carol Concert||TBC|
(second week of December)
|To make mulled wine and serve to arriving guests – 5pm to 6.30pm. Organised by school staff.|
|Real Estate Boards||Summer Fair, Winter Fair, Jumble Sale||Need to be arranged 8 weeks ahead of each event otherwise estate agents are unwilling to sponsor us. Organised by PTFA.|
|Christmas Cards||October – December||Christmas card proofs submitted by classes at the end of October and cards distributed early December.|
|Lost Property Cupboard||Ongoing|
|Second Hand Uniform Sale||Throughout the year|
|PTFA Meetings||Each term|
We have a few initiatives which allow you to raise funds when making purchases:
Over the last few years we have raised on average £15,000 per annum and used these funds to provide items for the school.
We are building up a ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ page for all things PTFA related.
Getting In Touch
If you have any questions or comments or, even better, would like to help out, you can get in touch with:
Please note that the PTFA is responsible for PTFA events and fundraising only. Any items regarding school policy in general should be discussed directly with the school.
The PTFA has a committee of six trustees however, every parent and carer at the school is a member of the PTFA and are always encouraged and welcome to become as involved in the PTFA as they would like.
The PTFA is a registered charity and is governed by a constitution.
The following additional policies have been defined: