Friends of Long Lawford School (FOLLS)
Who are FOLLS?
FOLLS (Friends of Long Lawford School) is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) - an organisation of parents and staff. Our role is to encourage closer links between home and school.
We are probably best known for our fundraising work, but we have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.
Please view our 'Friends of Long Lawford' Facebook page for more information, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive regular updates about what we're up to!
How are we organised?
FOLLS hold an annual general meeting (AGM), in conjunction with school staff every September at the start of the school year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PTA. For the 2018/19 academic year, the elected team is as follows:
Chair - Brenda-Louise Vine
Vice Chair - Julie Parsons
Treasurer - Rachel Ealey
Vice Treasurer - Zandra Cormack
Secretary - Jacqui Harrison
Marketing - Katy Smith
As well as a core committee we also have a wider team of dedicated helpers (new helpers are always welcome!) Meetings take place monthly and information on upcoming meetings will be sent out via email and our facebook page.
How is money raised?
Every year FOLLS raises thousands of pounds for the school. The majority of this is through events. We aim to hold one main event each school term. Over the next year we will be running our popular termly discos, a Christmas and Easter Bingo, craft and activity evenings and a big summer event. We also run the school uniform shop and Friday Treats as well as selling refreshments at events like parents evening and sports days.
**FOLLS fundraising events have been changed or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.**
How is money spent?
Funds raised by FOLLS are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school's main income – often 'fun things' that make learning more interesting and exciting. By far our biggest expenditure is covering the cost of pantomime tickets for all children. We also provide a free book bag to all children starting nursery or reception at the school, as well as reading books, technical equipment, subsidising the cost of school trips and other little extras.
Our main fundraising aim for the upcoming year is to raise funds for outdoor play equipment - something that all children can enjoy and benefit from.
How can I get involved?
There are many different ways you can help FOLLS, whether you have a lot or a little bit of time to offer. Some roles are time-consuming, although rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, you could offer to help out less frequently (ie. helping at a disco, baking for a cake sale, helping with organising behind the scenes etc). You can always support our events by simply showing up and spreading the word.