Why Do We have Friends of Fairways?
Friends of Fairways (previously Fairways Parents
Association) has been an integral part of the school community for many
years. In its time it has raised many thousands of pounds, which have
been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance children’s
education and the facilities in school in general, over and above those
items provided as part of the National Curriculum.
It is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and
friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a
…. And it’s very rewarding!!!!
All parents and members of the school community can get
involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time
available. All parents and carers are automatically members of
Friends of Fairways when they join the school.
We are extremely conscious and proud of the ethos and
morals of the school, and we try very hard when organising and planning
events to respect
Why Are We a Registered Charity?
The Charities Act 1993 required organisations with an
annual income in excess of £1,000 to register with the Charity
As a Charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules
and regulations and are bound by a Constitution. Our Constitution lays
down rules about how we operate and how we conduct ourselves. A full
copy is available on request.
Being a Registered Charity gives us extra benefits.
* We are able to apply for Gift Aid, which can earn us an extra 25p in every pound donated to FOF.
* We can raise funds more easily from local businesses etc.
Role of The Committee
The Committee consists of a number of Officers
including Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. We also have other Committee
members to make up the full Committee.
The Committee meet on a regular basis, usually once a
month, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary to organise
bigger events.The meetings are usually held at a Committee Member’s
house, and anyone is welcome.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
As part of our Constitution we have an Annual General
Meeting held at the beginning of the autumn term. This is an
opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about
events run and funds raised, and how the money has been spent. It is
also the occasion when we elect our new
Committee and update our list of Volunteer Helpers.
Volunteer Helpers play a very important role in school.
Experience has shown the amount of funds raised at any given event is
often directly related to the number of Helpers.
Volunteer Helpers are parents and carers eager to help
but due to other commitments, such as work and childcare, are
restricted with the amount of time they are able to offer. A Helper’s
role is so varied that if you have half an hour a year to spare the
Committee can make vital use of it!
Support from NCPTA
(National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations)
FOF is supported by the NCPTA, which is the national
charity that advances education and supports PAs. We pay an annual
membership fee to NCPTA which gives us lots of member benefits,
including a comprehensive insurance package.
How We Raise Money
The majority of our funds are raised through the events
that we run. Some of our most popular events are the Children’s
Discos, Cake Sales, Tombolas and Bazaars.
We always try and respond to the children’s requests for
events, and it is for these that donations are particularly important.
These can be time, money, items for sale, donations for raffles or
offers of services and skills etc.
Friends of Fairways sources good quality second hand uniform for a small donation.
The children are encouraged to recycle clothes, ink
jet/laser cartridges and mobile phones. FOF can sell these to companies
We are very conscious that with a relatively small
school community, the demands are often not as widely spread as in
larger schools, and because of this, we try to raise our funds from as
many different sources as possible.
Friends of Fairways is registered with the Inland
Revenue to enable us to raise money through Gift Aid from sponsored
events. Gift Aid is tax claimed back from the Inland Revenue from
donations made to us out of your earned income.
If you are employed and pay income tax, we may be able
to claim 25p in every pound that you donate to FOF. The issue of Gift
Aid is taken on trust and we do not, and are not required to, divulge
your personal information to the Inland Revenue.
Friends of Fairways fully supports anything that makes ‘The Tax Man’ pay-out instead of the other way round!
Parents that pay income tax at the higher rate of 40%
can also claim some further tax relief for themselves. They claim this
by entering the actual donation in the Gift Aid section of their
annual tax return.
In early 2006 FOF introduced its own One Hundred Club.
Parents and carers are able to purchase a number for the
year for £12. At the end of each month a draw takes place with cash
prizes for the first three numbers drawn. An application form is
enclosed with this booklet should you be interested in supporting the
Fairways 100 Club.
How We Spend the Money We Raise
Money raised from events are banked straight away. It
is at Committee Meetings to which all parents are welcome that
decisions on how to spend the money are taken.
We are committed to donating £200 each term directly to
the school. Teachers and children always have ‘wish lists’ of items
that the school would like to purchase. Sometimes the School Council
which is run by the children for the children will approach FOF for
funding. In the main our funds are for the ‘extras’ not provided by
the school budget, that make our children’s learning experiences so
much more fulfilling and exciting.
Funds are not generally spent on improving the fabric of
the school building, as this is the responsibility of the school
Governing Body. We always endeavour to spend our funds in ways that will
benefit all our children across all areas of the school and
In the past we have supported big projects such as the
Adventure Playground, books for the new library, playground items and
Book Week when we funded a famous author to spend a week at
Fairways. Whilst saving for these we have still managed to find funds
for small items such as club netball and athletics kit, thanks to the
generous support of our parents and carers.
How We Get Information To You
All letters we send home are printed on gold paper—so we
are easily recognised! Every child is given one to place in their book
bag, so each afternoon please check their bags.
Notices are posted on the notice boards which are
situated just inside the front and side gates, and on the wall between
the two playgrounds.
How You Can Get Involved
There are numerous ways you can support Friends of Fairways.
Offering to help before, during or after events is so
valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or
even if you can’t come into school. There are always little jobs that
can be done from home if you have half an hour to spare, e.g. wrapping
gifts, baking cakes, preparing raffle tickets etc. Perhaps you can
make a few crafts to sell.
You can of course if you feel able, volunteer to be a Committee Member.
You can attend the AGM held at the start of the autumn term and give us your ideas for fundraising events.
Do you have any contacts or skills we could use?
On behalf of all the children, thank you for your very
valuable support which enriches their learning experiences and helps
make their time in school so enjoyable.