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Hello and welcome to the brand new Shay Lane PTFA. We’re so excited to be here and eager to get started. So let’s tell you a little about our new school organisation.

So what does PTFA stand for?

The short version is Parent Teacher and Friends Association. To give it a longer explanation, it’s a sociable committee of parents, grandparents, guardians and teachers (and anyone else that’s willing to get involved!) who organise fun events to help raise money and support the school.

What are the aims of the PTFA?

Ultimately we want to enrich the lives of our children. As parents and teachers, we know that out of school activities and hands-on learning opportunities, extra funding for tablets and computers, art and sports equipment and exciting school trips help to do just that.

Over the coming months, we’ll:

  • Run social events for parents and children
  • Create fundraising streams by simply offering parents alternative buying platforms
  • Provide support for school trips and outings, as well as exciting events like a pantomime trip at Christmas
  • Help to fund new opportunities to learn within the school, like assisting with creating a school garden, or buying new tablets for Foundation children…

We’d love to hear your thoughts. So if you’d like to see the children supported in another way, or want to suggest a fundraising activity, please get in touch via our email address

Who are the people behind the PTFA?

There’s eight of us on the committee at the moment but we’d love that number to grow over the next 12 months. Check out our people page for faces, names and abilities.

Can you help now?

Of course you can! There are many ways you can help support the children of Shay Lane Primary.

Even just small amount of your time can make a difference. Bake a few buns, spread the word about our big events with your family and friends, buy your uniform through our PTFA supplier. If you want

to get little more involved, come along to one of our event planning meetings or help to run a stall at the summer fair. Maybe you’d like to join the committee and have a say in what we do and when. Or perhaps you work for a large company who could match-fund our fundraising, or potentially supply the school in other ways.

The big thing is, we want you to be involved. Without you, your time, your support, your spare pennies, we couldn’t do it. So let’s raise money together for the children, and let’s make it fun!


September 2020




The Giving Machine

Dear All,

We have exciting fundraising news.

You can now help raise donations for Shay Lane Primary School without you even leaving your sofa. And it doesn’t cost you a penny!

Shay Lane Primary School on TheGivingMachine:

TheGivingMachine is a fundraising charity setup to help other charitable causes raise money online. By signing up and shopping online via TheGivingMachine you will generate a free cash donation for us. With over 2,200 of your favourite retailers, including Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Thomas Cook, Sainsbury, John Lewis and Waitrose, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation.

In order to start raising free donations please go to
and JOIN – it’s that easy.

Make sure you never miss a donation and download the Shop&Give application.

It takes just a few minutes to install on your web browser and means that every time you click onto a retailer that supports this scheme you will get a prompt asking you to donate.

Thanks a million.

Your PTFA.