What is Brookfield School Community?
Short answer: it’s a charity with the purposes of promoting and enhancing the education of all children at Brookfield. We used to be known as the PTA, but we voted to change our name in 2023.
Longer answer: it’s made up automatically of all parents and carers of Brookfield children, as well as staff at the school. There is a committee, and the charity has trustees, who are normally the the chair(s), treasurer and secretary. Officially, we are called “Brookfield Primary School Association”.
What do we do?
We work closely with the school to raise funds for enrichment activities to support Brookfield’s pupils. Although there is a fundraising goal, we also strive to create a sense of community among the school’s parents and carers. We want to help make the school a sociable, fun place with great events.
The money also supports improvements to the playgrounds, a wide range of curriculum initiatives e.g. F.A.B., and the purchase of other valuable resources and equipment.
We organise a range of fun social events including: winter and summer fairs; fun run; bake sales and other exciting events. The funds raised provide money for special extras such as the annual school trips to Sayers Croft and the seaside.
Who are the members? Who runs it?
If you’re a parent, carer or guardian of a Brookfield child, a teacher or staff member, you are automatically a member! There’s no need for registration here or elsewhere.
We rely on class representatives to help spread the message around organising events, and to put together a rota for running a stall at a fair. (Reps also usually do things such as arrange the occasional class social event, and organise a class Christmas and/or year-end present for their form teacher – but these aren’t official duties)
The committee is elected / appointed each year at the AGM, which is held in the first half of the Winter term.
The committee is always at least six people. Usually two co-chairs and a treasurer; or a chair, treasurer and secretary; plus the Headteacher, another senior teacher, and another parent.
The charity has trustees – normally they are the three main committee officers – but other members can be elected as trustees of the charity. All the rules are in our most recent governing document.
We have a section in the school newsletter, which is where you can find the latest news and activities. Please do take a look at the most recent newsletters here.