WHAT WE DO
FUNDRAISING AND HOSTING EVENTS
The FFH is a parent-run PTA charity tasked with enriching the school community and making Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery a better place for our children to grow and learn.
The FFH's primary purpose is to:
fundraise with the school community to enrich the experiences of the pupils and
organise social and other events to promote good relations between staff, parents, and pupils.
We achieve this by promoting a cooperative partnership between the administration, staff, parents and others associated with the school and by engaging in social and fundraising activities.
Across the past twenty + years, the FFH team has hosted many events and raised tens of thousands of pounds. All the funds raised have been spent in agreement with the school to enrich the offer at Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery.
How do the two charities work together?
Our school, Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery is an educational delivery charity; Charity No: 528261.
The FFH is a separate PTA charity that makes grants. Charity No: 1096062.
Neither charity is profit-making. Instead, the FFH fundraises within our school community, and all our grants benefit Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery.
One of our most important objectives is raising funds to enrich the offer at Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery.
We fundraise through a range of channels, including:
Annual Social Events
Sponsorships from Local Businesses
Donations via Easyfundraising
Corporate Match Funding
Direct Donations via Gift Aid
Second-Hand Uniform Shop
Over the years, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds, and we hope that together, we can continue to support Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery through our projects and activities.
Another priority for the FFH team is to bring our children, the staff, administration, parents and carers together at social events.
Naturally, these events take an extraordinary scale of organisation, patience, enthusiasm and energy, but our team know that it's worth it for our children.
Some of our most popular and regular events include the Highfields School Ball, Christmas Fayre, Film Nights, Seasonal Discos and Break the Rules Days.
The FFH sometimes operates advisory sub-committees.
These sub-committees use the experience and contacts from our parent and carer base to support school events.
Generally, each Sub Committee is headed up by at least one member of the FFH while the rest of the Sub-Committee includes parents and carers with particular interests or related skills for the proposed event.
Christmas Fair SubCommittee
Uniform Shop SubCommittee
Highfields Ball SubComittee
Connecting and informing our parent and carer community is hugely important to the success of the FFH at the school.
All our formal communications can be found here on our website and are also shared on our behalf by Mrs Lyons via email and ClassDojo to all families.
Each class form at Highfields Independent School and Day Nursery has a Form Representative who serves as the contact between your class and the FFH. As well as acting as a key point of communication for the class and families, these Form Representatives arrange smaller social events specifically designed to bring families together.
PAPERWORK & MINUTES
As a registered charity, the FFH is legally required to abide by charity law, which includes operating exclusively for the charitable purposes we were set up to achieve, and by the rules laid out in our Constitution.
When it comes to running a charity in accordance with charity law, the Charity Commission provides a range of guides on matters such as good decision making and the rules on financial reporting, including submitting annual information to the Charity Commission. Our Constitution also sets out rules that relate directly to how often we meet and how we run our meetings.
You can find downloadable versions of our Constitution and approved Policies using the link below. We also save the Minutes from our FFH Meetings here too.
If you are looking to sign up as a committee member, volunteer, sponsor or are simply seeking more information, please submit your details and query here, and we will be in touch as promptly as we can.