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The Echelford Primary School


YOUR Parent Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA)

What is PTFA? Why join PTFA?

The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher and Friends Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school.

INSPIRE a generation

Make a difference through fundraising for your child’s school.

The aim of the PTFA at Echelford is to provide the school with many of the extras to enrich your child’s school experience that would otherwise not be available from the annual school budget. Working with your class representatives, we organise fun, social and fundraising events throughout the year and aim to inspire a sense of belonging and contributing to a community in our children  and within the school.

All parents with children at Echelford are automatically members of the PTFA. If you are new to Echelford it can be a great way of getting to know other parents and teachers, make new friends, and have some fun.

These include the Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, (complete with Santa’s Grotto), Spooky Disco, Family fun nights /discos, quiz nights and pamper evenings. In previous years, the PTFA have provided the school with large items such as a brand new minibus, an adventure trail for the playground, hall curtains and refurbishment, curriculum resources for literacy and numeracy, reading books for the new library and playground equipment. Annually the PTFA raise approximately £10,000.

Our main fundraising event of the year is the Summer Fayre, held in June. Many parents and teachers help out on the day running stalls and selling refreshments.  As in previous years we raised £4,500 on this event and this could not have been achieved without the great number of ’30 minute’ volunteers on the day.

The PTFA functions with the voluntary help of many parents, grandparents and carers alike. We all use the skills and time we have, however we can, to make our events fun and enjoyable for the children and to ensure we make the most proceeds we can for the school.

Advantages to joining the PTFA:

INVOLVED - Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
NETWORK - Tap into a Network. PTFA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences. 
SUPPORTIVE - Speak Up. PTFA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
PRIDE - Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with your PTFA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a great cause—your child and all children in the school community.
INNOVATE - Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. The PTFA plays an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events.
ROLE MODEL - Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTFA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education and being involved in the school community.
ENRICH- See Measurable Results. More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that parental involvement from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood.

Contact us:

Please contact the PTFA either by dropping a note into our post box in the main reception or by emailing the PTFA at: 


The Echelford Primary School