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Welcome to the PTFA section.



A warm welcome from the PTFA to all pupils, parents and friends of St Sebastian’s Church of England Primary School. This page aims to provide you with information about the PTFA (Parents, Teachers & Friends Association), which plays a major part in school life here at St Sebastian’s.


The PTFA is a group of people including parents, teachers and friends of the school who help to organise fundraising and social events. In its time the PTFA has raised thousands of pounds which has been spent on equipment, trips and resources to enhance our children’s educational experience.


Our PTFA is about much more than simply fundraising, however. It exists to provide closer links between home and school and is an excellent way to bring staff, parents/carers and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.


All parents/carers of children at the school are automatically members of the PTFA but are warmly invited to actively participate and help in any way they can, even if they only have a small amount of time available.


Our PTFA committee consists of:

Chair – Kelly Yates

Treasurer – Tom Kirton

Secretary – 


  • Our general Committee Members are Sophie Harding, Steve Martin, Paul Martin, Tammy Rowland, Helen Raeburn, Kelly Yates, Gill Wingfield and Emma Bates. I would also like to welcome Kim James, Vicki Matthews, Carly McKeown and Leigh Biddles who would like to be involved in the PTFA.
  • We also have regular help from the following parents at various events:  Nicole Post, Hayley Jackson, Julie Brittain, Sally Cook, Lisa Watson.



    The Committee meets on a regular basis, usually monthly, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when planning larger events. Meetings are open to all.


Like the majority of PTFAs, most of our funds are raised through the events that we hold throughout the year. Some of our most popular events are:

  • Summer Gala
  • Christmas Fayre
  • Discos
  • Mother’s Day Secret Shopping Event
  • Father’s Day Secret Shopping Event
  • Non-uniform days
  • Raffles
  • Ragtex collections


We are always looking for new fundraising/events ideas, so PLEASE do offer any suggestions you might have: via email at, at the school office or at one of our meetings.


We always try to include the children’s ideas and respond to their requests: it is great to see them having fun at the events or enjoying using a piece of equipment the PTFA has provided.

We raise money in other ways too. Donations from parents/carers and friends are crucial to the success of our fundraising efforts. You can donate time, money, items to sell, unwanted uniform, cakes, raffle and tombola prizes, or offer your skills and services.

PTFA funds are often spent on ‘extras’ that cannot be provided through the school’s budget, thus helping to make our children’s learning experiences all the more fulfilling and exciting.


These might include:

  • Visits from travelling theatre companies or animal handling workshops
  • Items on Mrs Baldwin’s ‘Wish List’, e.g. funding towards the new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
  • Requests from the School Council, e.g. for picnic benches
  • Resources to improve a particular area of the curriculum or school environment, e.g. providing each class with iPads.


Every penny raised benefits all of our children directly.