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PTA - Friends of Leighton Academy

Friends of Leighton Academy is a parent led group that work with the school to organise events and raise funds for the children who attend the school and nursery.  The profits raised through fundraising are directed back into the school, particularly for little treats and extras for our pupils.  In recent years we have been able to fund:-

- Year 6 Leavers T-shirts

- Year 6 Leavers Autograph Books

- Year 6 Leavers Do Items

- Nursery Leavers Gifts

- Christmas Presents for all nursery children

- Christmas Discos for the whole school

- Christmas Craft Day 

- Sports Day Ice Lollies

- Rainy Day Games Sets

- Bingo Machine and prizes

- Stronger Together Prizes

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HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

Friends of Leighton currently mainly consists of just two parents who have worked closely with the school on fundraising for the last couple of years.  Due to Covid we have been restricted recruitment wise but would love to expand.  Our children are all in KS2 now so we need to look to encourage new members to work alongside us to futureproof FOLA for the next generation of pupils.  We will be holding 'getting to know FOLA' events soon and would love people to join us to say hi and find out what we do.  We are always after any extra help and you can choose how little or how much time you give and there is a role to suit everyone big or small - even the odd hour makes a big difference!  

If you can’t offer time, think about other ways you can help – Does your company do match funding?  Do you know anywhere that might donate a raffle prize?  Have you heard about any good community grants or initiatives we could apply for?

Let us know any good ideas or if there is something you think would work at Leighton.

Don’t be afraid to interact with us we can’t do it without you and we promise we won’t try to recruit you just by speaking to us :-) 

Contact us directly by emailing us at this link - friendsofleighton@yahoo.com.  

Please follow our Facebook page where we will be keeping you up to date with future information about anything we are planning or need help with and share it with other Leighton families.  We love it when you interact with us so keep any comments and likes coming :-)  Access our page via this direct link - Friends of Leighton Academy Facebook Page

FUNDRAISING

Last term we had our Design a Book Character as a Wooden Spoon competition for World Book Day- uptake on this was quite small but those that took part enjoyed it and there were some amazing designs from everyone.  We held our virtual Easter raffle with a Dairy Free/Vegan Raffle too - again uptake was lower than previous years but some egg-cellent prizes went home and a big thanks to everyone able to support this.  Our Break the Rules for April Fools day returned on 1st April and was a massive hit again with all our pupils and something a bit fun to join in with.  

We have several ongoing schemes that Leighton families can support us with.  Your help is invaluable in assisting in taking part and spreading the word about as many of our ongoing schemes as possible.

Click on the name of the fundraiser below to go directly to their page for more information and to register.

Your School Lottery - A fun way for adults to have a flutter and a chance of winning the £25,000 jackpot, a small weekly cash prize linked to just the people playing our lottery and raise funds all in one go!  Your School Lottery also regularly runs prize competitions with every player entered into a draw for extra great items - join now to be entered into their current offer, to win 1 of 5 £100 B&Q gift cards

Easyfundraising - Raise donations for Leighton Academy whenever you shop online.  Turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations at NO extra cost

Amazon Smile - Shop at smile.amazon.co.uk and Amazon will donate to your charitable organisation, at no cost to you. Get started today - same products, same prices, same service. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. 

My School Perks - is an innovative platform to raise funds for schools at the same time as parents are rewarded and is free to join.  Access discounts, offers and freebies to save on your everyday shopping or shop via your usual sites with a simple click to earn cashback for FOLA.  When registering the unique school code for Leighton Academy is:- SCHOOL5833

FOLA RECYCLING SCHEMES

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Friends of Leighton have a couple of ongoing recycling schemes.

Cartridge Recycling - Every pupil received a cartridge recycling bag last academic year.  Please help the environment and our funds by sending any used cartridges into Leighton where they can be recycled.  If anyone requires anymore bags please let us know.  We have larger recycling boxes within school where items can be deposited - ask at reception about these.

Clothes Recycling - Leighton is the owner of its very own clothes recycling bank.  This is located at the far end of the school car park against the fence and is accessible when school is open to pop in and drop off any items.  This is a great way for us all to declutter, direct our unused items to a new home and to raise funds for FOLA.  

Currently the recycling company are running an Eco Champion Competition where the schools that collect the most clothes each month are awarded a £100 bonus.  With the size of Leighton Academy if we all get cleaning out our drawers :-) we could have a good go at competing for this award.

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Watch this space during the 2021 - 2022 academic year to hear about our new initiatives.  We hope to be able to build on our current events and fundraisers and introduce and try a few more this year.  Events will be added as they are arranged below and we often have some in the pipeline too.

We would love to try to expand FOLA - more help means we can plan more events and we want to welcome as many people to help as little or as much as they can :-)

We are always touching base with school to say hello and see where we can assist with activities and items for our pupils.  Details of currently agreed events are listed below - details of these will follow nearer each event.

Summer 2022 Planned/Hoped For Events

- Giant Sunflower Competition

- Donut Sale

- Frozen Fridays

- Hopefully restarting a Summer Fair - if rules allow

- Assisting with Year 6 Leavers Events

- FOLA parents coffee morning 

FINALLY......

Can we say a huge thank you to all our pupils, staff, families and friends for your ongoing support.  We have managed to make the best of things during an unprecedented period in recent years and are really enjoying taking these small steps back to face to face events.  Friends of Leighton isn't just about running events for profit although of course we do fundraise so monies raised can go towards things our pupils enjoy - however we also try to include some events where we just cover the supplies/prizes to join in such as the wooden spoon competition and sunflower competition to just get our pupil community enjoying getting involved and we love these events just as much as they always make us smile a lot :-)  We will continue to do our best to build FOLA up and hope we will get some new helpers onboard to share their skills/ideas and get even more things going for our pupils and families in upcoming years!