Friends of Blackthorns (FoBs) is the Parent Teacher Association for Blackthorns Community Primary Academy. Please find below an outline of who we are and what we do.
What is FoBs?
FoBs is a charity registered with the Charity Commission (no. 296156). Being a charity allows FoBs to apply for ‘Gift Aid’ (earning an extra 25p from every pound donated out of earned income), benefit from ‘charity matched’ giving schemes (more information below), receive prize donations from local companies and be eligible for certain grants available to charities.
Over the years FoBs have raised tens of thousands of pounds through events supported by families at the school. These funds have been spent on projects, items and experiences which help to support and enhance educational aspects at the school and also build upon the school’s community spirit.
All parents and carers are automatically members of FoBs on joining the school and can get involved in a number of ways from joining the Committee to ad hoc help at fundraising events. Getting involved in FoBs is fun and a great way of getting to know other families at the school – just ask any of the Committee members or helpers!
As noted in our constitution the objective of Friends of Blackthorns is to help advance the education of pupils in the school in particular by:
- Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents and others associated with the school;
- Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school and advance the education of the pupils
Role of our Committee
The FoBs Committee consists of Officers (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary), the Principal and Vice Principal of Blackthorns Community Primary Academy and Committee members. We meet on a regular basis, normally once per half term, and have smaller working groups meeting additionally to organise events, such as the Christmas Fair and the Summer Festival.
All parents and carers are always welcome to come to the PTA meetings and also get involved in events and activities run by FoBs.
So who are Team FOBs?
- Chairperson – Jo Timcke
- Treasurer – Wyn Lewis
- Secretary – Sarah Muirhead-Smith
- Clare Iles
- Lydia Lee
- Helen Blore
- Kate Batty
- Kar Lai Payne
- Emma Parsons
- Mathew Gurr
- Lee Goodeve
- Neil Evans
- Marianne Brand (Principal)
- Tom Jordan (Vice Principal)
Second hand uniform sales
- Louise Beasley
- Lydia Lee
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