Friends of Burdett-Coutts
If you are a parent, carer or a guardian of a child that attends the school, then you are automatically a member of our Parent Association, Friends of Burdett-Coutts.
Being part of Friends of Burdett-Coutts offers an exciting opportunity for parents, carers and guardians to meet one another and to be involved in supporting our school, through fundraising events, volunteering and much more. Even if you only have a small amount of time, you can still benefit from this amazing chance to participate more in school life.
Whether you are committee member or a volunteer, you will be making a difference to the school experience for your child and other pupils in the school. Being an active volunteer is fun, enjoyable and very rewarding and can also provide you with new and valuable skills, which could enhance your CV and broaden job opportunities.
Being involved in Friends of Burdett-Coutts is not just about raising money. Whilst fundraising is an important part of any Parent Association, there is also growing evidence that Parent Associations are playing a further role in the life of the school. Increasingly, they are also working with their local community and representing the views of parents within school.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Friends of Burdett-Coutts?
The Friends of Burdett-Coutts is a parent-led, voluntary association which exists to support the school and to raise funds to provide resources not available through our local authority. We aim to:
- build a sense of community
- enable active parent/guardian involvement
- raise additional resources
All parents and guardians automatically become a member of the Friends of Burdett-Coutts when your child joins the school. We hope you will choose to get involved and we look forward to seeing you at our events and meetings!
What do the ‘Friends’ do?
We organise fundraising events such as the summer and Christmas Fairs and community events like our popular International Evening. We meet at least once every half-term to discuss and make plans.
Dates and times of meetings appear in book-bag handouts, on notices around the school, in our school newsletter, ‘School News’ and on the school’s website.
How are ‘Friends’ organised?
The Friends’ committee includes a Chair, Secretary and Treasurers/s as well as representatives from the school and Governing Body.
What items have the ‘Friends’ purchased to support the school?
Funds raised by the Friends have contributed to so much for all our children. Below are some examples:
- Circus workshop
- Theatre workshop
- School trip to the zoo
- Playground equipment
How can I help?
Without your support the ‘Friends’ cannot function effectively. Why not speak to your child’s class teacher to find out how you can support our next event? Or come along to a meeting where you can help to improve our work and put forward your own ideas.
There are many different ways to get involved from helping to distributing leaflets for an event through to making cakes for the Christmas Fair!
Making a charitable donation
Charitable donations are very important for our work and any amount is greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a direct donation to the Friends of Burdett-Coutts, please make any cheques payable to ‘Friends of Burdett-Coutts‘.
These can be handed into the school office for the attention of the Friends Treasurer with “DONATION” clearly written on the envelope.
The Summer Fair was a great success – thanks to all the parents, staff, children, volunteers, trustees and members of our community who worked tirelessly in the run up to the event and on the day itself.
We made a fabulous £2571.21 profit – an increase of over £800 from the year before. Thank you to Chez Antoinette, Headmasters, Battersea Zoo, Jasmine the jewellers, the Turkish Kitchen and Sainsburys for their generous donations to the school fair.
Special mention must also go to the following parents and carers for their amazing work:
- R. El Mamoun
- A. Seedat
- S. Brightwell
- R. Uwineza
- Y. Timothy
- G. Turay
- R. Corbin
- S. Morgan
- A. Barratt
- H. El Hajam
- W. Brightwell
- K. Sullivan
- C. Hall
- N. de Keyser
Our PA can help parents to:
- improve the school’s facilities, community spirit and partnership with other parents
- socialise and get to know each other whilst taking part in a range of activities
- share common concerns and find solutions through working with the school
- fundraise for extra items or services to enrich the children’s education
Our PA can help our pupils:
- receive a richer education as a result of items bought by the PTA
- benefit from parents’ increased understanding of the school
- socialise by taking part in fundraising events and activities
- understand the importance of giving