Parent Teacher and Friends Association
The Parent Teacher and Friends Association, a registered charity, has been in existence for many years and works hard to support the staff and the students. All parents and carers with children at the school are automatically members of the PTFA.
Parents and carers are encouraged to join the PTFA committee and help organise a number of events during the year which raise funds for the school, we would welcome any offers of support or new fund raising ideas.
The PTFA need parents to actively support fund raising events by:
- Managing smart second’s uniform sales
- Assisting with serving refreshments at various events
- Running the PTFA quiz
- Helping to run the 11+ exam and practice exam
In previous years money raised by the PTFA has helped to fund the lease of a school minibus, parent workshops and IT equipment for the Maths and Art department.
For information on how the PTFA supported the school this year please see below
This year the PTFA has been able to fund the following for the school:
£1,230 for the Drama department to purchase LED Par Can Lighting equipment. The teaching of “lighting” is a requirement for both GCSE and A level courses and as this lighting is more mobile it can be used around the school which means that the Drama students will have more opportunity to experiment with the lighting rather than just learning in theory. Other departments will also benefit from this purchase; the lights can be used for the school production, dance shows and Speech Day, for exhibitions for Art and Business Studies, and even the PTFA Fashion Show.
£180.00 for the PE department for the purchase of athletics vests for students attending athletics and cross country events. These tops are specifically designed for these events and will therefore be more comfortable for the students. This purchase will generate a strong school identity among our athletes, and will improve the image of the sport and boost the confidence of our performers.
£68.39 for the First Aid department for the purchase of a portable wheelchair to enhance first aid provision on site. This wheelchair will provide a quicker and more suitable way to transport students from around the school to the first aid area.
£280.00 for the Geography department for the purchase of a class set of compasses and thermometers. The compasses will be of benefit in teaching map skills, especially for year 7 students where many have never used a magnetic compass and do not have a confident sense of direction. The thermometers will allow the introduction of a microclimate investigation into KS3 Geography, enabling the students’ first taste of fieldwork to take place on the school site.
£161.98 for the Physics department to purchase 3 light gates and 1 Newton Platform Scales. This is for the replacement of existing equipment, and providing extra equipment for additional student numbers.
£1,000 for the English department for the purchase of books. Reading remains the foundation of English, the department is eager to maintain opportunities for this and asked for funding to support the shared process of reading a novel as a class. This funding will enable the replacement and replenishment of Malorie Blackmans’s ‘Noughts and Crosses’ which is the novel that Year 7s read. They will use the remaining funding to purchase one of two further novels for the Year 7 and Year 8 students to read in class; either ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper lee or ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon. The students will be canvassed to choose which one.
£158.70 for the Chemistry department to buy equipment to support the new GCSE Chemistry practical activities, as well as more accurate equipment for some A level practicals. This equipment consists of glass gas syringes, Shapes of molecules set – Electron Repulsion Theory, Molymod Complex Ions Teacher Set and Electrochemical cell electrodes.
There is a small but active committee including a Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer amongst others.
Meetings are held twice a term in the evening at 7.00pm in the Sixth Form Centre, and last about an hour. These meetings are open to all parents and new faces are very welcome.
For further information or to find out more about how you can support the PTFA, please email PTFA@dhsg.co.uk.
For the latest 11+ admission arrangements, please see our Admissions Page.