As Chair of the PTFA and mother of two children at Ilsham Academy, I would like to welcome you to the school and, whether you are new or already have children at Ilsham Academy, I would like to explain a little about our Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA).

All of our fundraising activities directly benefit our children.  Throughout the year the PTFA support the school at various activities, such as at Sports Day providing fruit, water for the children and refreshments for parents.  We run book fairs, are involved with the induction of new pupils and arrange social events, plus a gift for the Year 6 leavers.  Some of our fundraising events include the school disco, Easter Tea, summer & Christmas fairs, cake sales, Bags2School and much more.

At Christmas, children will be able to choose a special present on ‘Gift Day’ for a loved one, courtesy of the PTFA.  On party day, we provide an entertainer and crackers for the children to help them celebrate the festive season.

The PTFA is key to enhancing the social aspect within Ilsham Academy, bringing together the staff, pupils and parents.

You don’t have to become a committee member to become involved and make a contribution.  We welcome any help you can offer at any time, baking (or donating) cakes, helping out at the summer and Christmas fairs or serving teas and coffees at an event.  We always welcome new ideas and suggestions.  We have meetings in school from time to time, which are notified by parent texts, are you are always welcome to come along.

I am always happy to speak to anyone regarding the PTFA.  If you cannot locate me in the playground you can contact me via the office.

Best wishes.

Tania Coatham