FAQs

Friends at Balfour Questions and Answers!

What is FAB? FAB, or Friends at Balfour, is a ‘Parents & Teachers Association.’ Any person with an affinity to Balfour Primary School is automatically a member.

What does FAB do? We raise money to enhance the children’s experience at Balfour Primary School.

How do you raise funds? Our main events are Christmas Fair, Summer Fair, Fireworks and Easter Egg Hunts. We also hold a couple of Quiz Nights, money from tea towels and Christmas card and other themed nights. We also run ‘Balfour Swimming School.’

Are you a registered charity? Yes.

How much money do you raise? It varies but around £20,000.

How often do you meet and where? Normally once a month, and normally at KS2. Check out the Calendar page for more information about the dates of our meetings and events.

Who attends meetings? The officers, a member of the SLT (Senior Leadership Team), other ‘ordinary committee members,’ any other parents/carers and staff that wish to attend.

Who are the officers? We have a Chair, currently Vice-Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The minimum requirement is Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Do you have public liability insurance? Yes- through PTA-UK.

How do you communicate with parents and staff? Through the school’s newsletters which are emailed to those on email, and paper copies for those who are not. We also have information on the school website, and have a Facebook  and Twitter page. You can email us at info@friendsatbalfour.org

What is a sub-committee? A sub-committee is a team of people who plan an event, eg Fireworks, Christmas Fair and Summer Fair. At least one officer from the committee must sit on a sub-committee.

What is the criteria for spending money and who decides? Money spent must benefit the children, rather than upkeep for the school. We normally take guidance from the Head Teacher, or the SLT.

What have you spent funds raised on? We have funded playground equipment at both sites, subsidised school trips, School Projectors, Sports Week, Netbooks, digital and flip cameras, toys, wet play items, ICT toys, Year 6 and Year 2 moving on celebrations…. and most importantly… Christmas Crackers and Ice Lollies for every pupil!

How much time do I have to give up? It’s up to you! Meetings are monthly, and normally last approximately an hour and a half. You don’t have to come to all of them. It gets busier with events coming up, but if more people helped this would be reduced!

Can I be involved without sitting on the committee? Yes! email volunteers@friendsatbalfour.org