How does the BFA work?
The Beacon Friends’ Association (BFA) is a registered charity (number 1182488).
It has 5 trustees made up of parents, friends and staff. An SSB/governor representative, the leader of the Parent Council and the leader of the Fundraising Team are also members and new members can be co-opted depending on our focus or projects.
As of 26th February 2019 trustees are:
- Tim Snuggs - Chair
- Gill Leake - Treasurer
- Paula Ghinn - Secretary
- Keith Batchelor - Headteacher
We adopted the ParentKind Model Constitution back in October 2018, when the resolution to dissolve our current Beacon Parents’ Association (BPA) at the end of 2018 was agreed.
The old Beacon Parents' Association became the first sub-committee of the BFA as The Beacon Fundraising Team. Definitely not a traditional PTA, they are an active group of parents and friends, who raise funds for school through some exciting events and innovative ways of raising money.
The second BFA sub-committee is our Parent Council. The Council will be a formal framework for parental engagement with the school. The existing Parent Forum will continue. It has been a growing and successful forum and will form the basis of the work of the Parent Council.
The BFA will have its own long-term strategy which will support the 3-5 year planning of the school. Fundraising will still be a key function, but we will also diversify into positive parental partnerships to advance the education of students at the school.
As a charity, the BFA will need to report regularly to its members on what it has achieved and how any money has been invested in our school.
Something for everyone
We’d like all parents and carers to commit to at least one thing in their time with us. Parents are busy and either go back to work or take on additional hours when their children go to secondary school, so the BFA offers something for everyone. From giving just an hour a year making teas/coffees at an event to leading the Parent Council. And if you simply can’t get into school, then perhaps your company can match-fund one of our events. Or you could regularly pop an additional £5 our way when you are on ParentPay?