How does the BFA work?
We think the BFA is a pretty amazing model for enhancing the life experiences of our students @TBS. We are integral to the ethos of the school. Not just a PTA, we have a formal and exciting take on how to make a difference to everyone.
The Beacon Friends’ Association (BFA) is a registered charity (number 1182488).
It has 5 formal trustees elected by YOU (as the BFA membership) every year at our BFA AGM in the autumn. The trustee board is made up of parents, members of our community and staff. It also has representation from the students, staff, parent council, fundraising team and the SSB (governors). New members can join us temporarily depending on our focus or projects.
The trustees meet 4 times a year (twice in the autumn term and once in the spring and summer terms). Meetings involve everyone in the list above so we really get a good idea of what we need to focus on for the year to make the biggest difference to students.
Every penny we earn is invested straight back into students. Every conversation we have with our BFA network results in benefits for our students. Some great recent examples are a second defibrillator, laptops for families without tech at home, 2 new football strips for our teams and new saucepans for Food Tech.
We ask all parents and carers to be involved in at least one thing in their time at The Beacon School
We recognise you've been involved in your primary school PTAs and are looking for a rest from that. 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 different and something for everyone. From giving just an hour a year making teas/coffees at an event to being the year rep on the Parent Council. And if you simply can’t get into school, then our armchair options are a brilliant way to still be involved and contribute from the luxury of your lounge.
The BFA Armchair Options -