Brunswick Primary School, Somerhill Road, BN3 1RP

01273 711816

Brunswick Primary School

Achieving success with determination and joy

Parents, Teachers and Friends Association

                                                              Sample Constitution

Our Parent, Teacher and Friends Association: 

Hello and a big warm welcome to all pupils, parents and friends of Brunswick Primary School.


These pages have been written especially for you, to provide you with some useful information about our Parent, Teacher and Friends Association or PTFA, which we hope will become a big part of your school community.


What is the PTFA?

We are fortunate at our school to have a PTFA that has become an integral part of the school community. Over the past years we have raised thousands of pounds which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education experience and the school’s facilities. These purchases include the 17-seater minibus, the fun-fort and pirate ship in the KS1 playground, scooter pods, new chromebooks and more recently, £5000 worth of funding towards the OPAL play scheme.


Our PTFA is about much more than simply fundraising.  The PTFA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school.  We also run regular sales of second-hand uniform in an effort to provide families with affordable uniform and close the textile recycling loop.  Sales are usually held once-per half term.


The PTA is extremely conscious of the ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this.  Not all of our events are run as fundraisers. 


Who can belong to the PTFA?

Every parent or carer at Brunswick is automatically a member of the PTFA when they join our school. We want to encourage all parents to get involved however much time you have and we will always welcome new ideas.


PTFA Class Representative

What is a PTFA Class Representative? 

Becoming a class messenger gives you an active role in making our PTFA successful, it can help you get to know parents in your class and across the whole school, it can be fun and is not too time consuming.  This will now be done via the Classlist parent platform.


Each class has a Messenger who acts as a contact point for the PTFA, helping us share information to such a large parent and carer body.  Messengers are often active helpers at events, but they do not have to commit to this to be a class messenger. 

We can communicate with you via the app, so you don’t need to come to our meetings, although you are very welcome!!


I’m new to the school, how can I find my class group?

New parents and carers will be sent a unique QR code to sign up to the Classlist app, helping them find their class groups and connect with parents.  


I want to help out more, how do I join? 

If you’d like to become more actively involved, please email  


To keep our PTFA running and to build on the success of previous years, we really do need the support of as many parents and carers as possible.  If everyone donated 2 just hours of their time per term, we would be able to run events smoothly. 

Here are a few examples of how you can help out throughout the year:

Uniform Sales: we are active in sorting donations of pre-worn uniform and seeing them on at very affordable prices for families.  We always need volunteers for this ongoing work. 

Comedy Nights: selling tickets, helping behind the bar on the night…

Winter Fair: building a grotto, making props for the sideshows, painting signs, dressing up as Santa, filling jolly jars, manning a stall on the day…

Summer Fair: labelling tombola items, making cakes, selling ice creams, manning the bouncy castles…


Charitable status

Charity law requires voluntary organisations such as ours with an annual income over £5,000 to register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. As a charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a governing document referred to as our constitution.  Our constitution sets out the rules about how we operate as a PTFA and how we conduct ourselves (a copy of the constitution is attached to this page). 


Being a registered charity enables the PTFA to:


  • receive charitable donations from local and national companies
  • apply to grant-making charitable trusts; most charitable trusts will give grants only to groups formally recognised as charities
  • receive donations made through payroll giving and company matched giving schemes
  • apply for Gift Aid


The registered charity number for Brunswick Primary PTFA is 1174170.



Our AGM Is usually held in late October or early November, near the commencement of each academic year.  

At our AGM we elect office bearers and trustees for the year ahead.  

How to contact your PTFA
Please leave a message with the school office. 

Gillian Ramm - Chair - 


Future Events

Summer Fair - Saturday June 17th, 11 am - 3pm