About UsThe Friends of Collett is our school’s Parent Teacher Association and Parent Voice Council.We decided on ‘Friends of’ as it encompasses other family members and people in our community wishing to support the work of the school in improving opportunities for our pupils. The Friends of Collett is a registered charity (1157000) with three focuses:PTA (Parent Teacher Association known as The Friends of Collett) To ensure all parents, carers and friends feel welcome as part of The Collett School Annual events with an emphasis on everyone being able to attend and enjoy an event rather than fundraising so as to be more inclusive. Supporting other school events i.e refreshments for school plays, parents’ evenings and sports day.PVC (Parent Voice Council) Many parents would like to have more of a say in school decision-making but are not sure about the best way to make their voice heard. After all, most of the decisions made by schools affect parents one way or another and so it is only right that they should be able to contribute their views. This should develop a positive partnership between home and school and that this ultimately benefits the children. A parent representative is someone who is nominated/volunteers to liaise between parents and the class teacher or tutor. Representatives can be approached by parents if they have an issue that they would like relayed to the school. On the other hand, teachers may use the class parent representatives as a quick and informal way to reach all parents of children in their class. Fundraising and Engagement 93% of our school budget from the Local Authority needs to be spent on the higher staff ratios required to support our children with complex learning disabilities make progress. Money, professional trades and support in kind through fundraising enables us to improve our facilities and resources; filling gaps and creating new opportunities . Our work with companies has supported our children in school and, through the valuable opportunities of work experience and employment upon transitioning to adulthood. There is a dedicated team at the school supported by FoC. This team operates across all three schools of the association: o Gillian Lawton - Head of Engagement & Fundraising (Full time) o Harry Crawford - Communications & Engagement Officer (1 day a week dedicated to Fundraising) o Jan Maddern - Fundraiser (2 days a week) o Davanna McQueen - Fundraiser (1 day a week)Fundraising takes many forms. This is not an exhaustive list! Relationships with local and national companies Applications to grants and funds Events such as fire walks, skydives, auctions and charity dinner dances Becoming the Charity of the Year for organisationsParents and carers are encouraged to attend Whole School assemblies on Friday mornings (and particularly those where their children are undertaking activities/ providing the assembly).All parents/carers are welcome to the coffee mornings after Friday assemblies once a month.