Parents; Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA)

What is the PTFA?

The Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) is a group of people who help to organise events for the academy and wider community, both fund raising and social.

What are the aims of the PTFA?

We aim to raise funds to buy things that will benefit the students at the Academy. We also organise social events for students, parents and friends, as well as fostering community relationships.

Who can belong to the PTFA?

Anyone who has children at the school, or who works at the school is automatically a member of the PTFA. Meetings are open to all members, and you will be made most welcome should you choose to attend.

How can we find out more?

Every September the Annual General Meeting takes place. All parents and staff are invited, and it is a great way to meet people for the first time and hear about the PTFA’s achievements and plans for the future.

Committee meetings are held roughly every 5 or 6 weeks during term time, and take place weekday evenings. You don’t need to be a member to help out – come along to a meeting to find out more.

Planning and Organisation

In the informal atmosphere, the committee openly discuss activities and generate new ideas.  It is at these committee meetings that Academy projects are considered with a view to PTFA Funding.  In joining the committee, this is your opportunity to have your say.  Committee meetings generally start at 5.30 pm and last for just over 1 hour.  They are usually held in one of the classrooms every 5 or 6 weeks through school terms.

Be part of our PTFA team

Being a member of the PTFA will give you lots of pleasure and enhance your family’s relationship with the Academy.  Parents, Staff and friends all combine as individuals to form a friendly Academy community and as Year 11 parents leave the school, so new Year 7 parents join.  Everyone is made welcome at any stage through their involvement with the Academy and it is never too late to get involved.  We are always on the lookout for new members with new and fresh ideas or helpers to run a stall at a fete for half an hour. Whatever you can put in – it will be appreciated.

How to contact your PTFA

The easiest way to contact us is to email the Chair of the PTFA Liz Garrity (

Fun & Social Events

It is not all about raising funds all the time.  The social events are equally important and give the students and adults the opportunity to enjoy many friendships at the Academy.  The Academy Disco, for instance, is very popular for our own students and local primary school pupils and our annual Arts and Literacy Event is a great day out for everyone.

This success is firmly based on the team spirit which is much in evidence at all the events, whether it is for fund raising or, just as importantly, a social event where everyone can let their hair down! Many families have struck long-lasting friendships through PTFA activities.