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Bleasby School Friends Association (reg. charity no. 1132098), also known as 'Footsteps', supports Bleasby C of E Primary School, Nottinghamshire through fundraising and social events. We aim to bring staff, parents, children and supporters together in the common goal of enriching the learning experience at Bleasby. You can support us in many different ways - by SUPPORTING OUR EVENTS, VOLUNTEERING your time, services or skills, DONATING ITEMS for raffles, events or prizes or by DONATING MONEY.

You can contact us by e-mailing: samb1000@hotmail.com




Why do we have a Friends Association?


Our Friends Association is an integral part of the school community. It is more than simply fundraising.  BSFA exists to provide closer links between home and school and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.

Since 2008, BSFA has raised over £50,000, much of which has been spent on equipment and resources to enhance our children’s educational experience and the school’s facilities. Currently the majority of funds are being set aside to upgrade the outdate IT facilities at the school. During this period funds are still available to the school for essential purchases.


All parents and members of the school community are encouraged to get involved, even if they only have a small amount of time available. All families, including grandparents and other supporters of the school, are automatically members of BSFA when your child joins our school.


Most, but not all of our events are run as fundraisers. The Teddy Bears Picnic for Infants, for example, is run at the start of the new school year to give some of the newer parents the opportunity to meet each other, as well as some of the BSFA committee and After School Club staff.   


We support the teaching staff by providing manpower to run the scholastic book fairs, children’s Christmas parties etc. as needed. We also go into school and work with children and teachers to run some of our activities. An example of this is our popular “Young Apprentice” competition where we help older children to design and run their own games stalls at our Christmas and Summer fairs. In addition, we often work with all the children in various craft activities-for example we ran lunchtime clubs to make Christmas baubles which were then sold at our Christmas Fair.


Charitable status


Charity law requires voluntary organisations such as ours with an annual income in excess of £5,000 to register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. As a charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by our written constitution.  If you would like to see a copy of the constitution, please contact one of the Committee members.


Being a registered charity enables BSFA to:-


  • receive charitable donations from local and national companies
  • apply to grant-making charitable trusts; most charitable trusts will give grants only to groups formally recognised as charities
  • receive donations made through payroll giving and company matched giving schemes
  • apply for Gift Aid


Making sure we do things properly


BSFA is one of over 13,000 members of PTA-UK.  We pay an annual membership fee to PTA-UK which gives us lots of member benefits including comprehensive insurance cover for all BSFA run events, support and advice plus fundraising ideas and good practice hints and tips to ensure our events are legal and safe. In addition, we have a valuable resource at our fingertips at www.pta.org.uk


Links with local businesses


We have, over time, developed strong links with the local community and are always well supported by both residents and businesses, for which we are very grateful.  Many of our local businesses are very generous providing donations for raffle prizes, sponsorship etc.  We always publicise their contribution and encourage parents to support businesses who support us.


Role of the Committee


The BSFA committee consists of three Officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  We also have seven ordinary committee members to make up the full committee.


The Committee meet on a monthly basis, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events.


Our Annual General Meeting is held in September and also provides an ideal opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of BSFA; the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent.  It is also the occasion when we elect our new committee members.


How we raise money


Like most PTAs, the majority of our funds are raised through the events that we run.  Some of our most popular events are:


Summer Fair, Christmas Fair, Family BBQ, Childrens Parties/Discos and an annual evening party for parents. We also arrange fund raising projects in conjunction with the children.  For example we arrange 'Young Apprentice' fund raising competitions at the Christmas and Summer Fairs and use children’s artwork to create unique items such as shopping bags, Christmas cards, tea towels etc for sale.


So as you see there is always something going on.  We always try and respond to the children’s requests; it is great to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of new equipment that BSFA has donated.


Current BSFA Committee Members 2015/2016


Janene Scurfield (Chair)

Nicola Bennett (Treasurer)

Sam Bennington (Secretary)


Ordinary members:

Louise Carpenter

Becky Linklater

Max Meaden 

Jordanna Morris

Louise Staniforth

Roxy Vickers

Jen Whiteside


Friends of the BSFA:


Louisa Allen

Lindsay Biddulph

Marie Chapman

Jane Davidge

Helen Davis

Kelly Finch

Teresa Jones

Rebecca Lax

Sally McQuillan

Sue Parkinson

Risu Pathy

Jennifer Riley

Fiona Thornewill

Vicky Wicks


For more information regarding BSFA, please speak to any of the committee members above. 


If you don’t know any of them feel free to contact us using the contact us by e-mailing samb1000@hotmail.com.


Thank you, as always, for your continued support !