Our Governance

Registered Charity No. 1030888

The PTFA is a registered charity. Charity law requires voluntary organisations such as ours with an annual income in excess of £5,000 to register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. As a charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a governing document referred to as our constitution. Our constitution sets out the rules about how we operate as a PTFA and how we conduct ourselves. Download a copy of the Five Ways School PTFA Constitution here.

Being a registered charity enables the PTFA to:-

  • receive charitable donations from local and national companies 
  • apply to grant-making charitable trusts; most charitable trusts will give grants only to groups formally recognised as charities
  • receive donations made through payroll giving and company matched giving schemes
  • apply for Gift Aid
Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Every year we hold our AGM in late September/early October to report on the previous year’s work and elect the new officers of the committee. This is a meeting for all members of the PTFA, not just the elected committee members. It is our chance to tell you about our achievements and the difference we have made. The AGM provides an opportunity for all parents to come along and hear in more detail about the work of the PTFA, the events we have run, the funds we have raised and how the money has been spent. It is also the occasion when we decide upon our fund raising target for the forthcoming year and the events we will be running. In October each year we also hold a Welcome Evening for new members and invite you to join us for a coffee and get to know us!


The role of the elected Committee is to manage the association on behalf of all the members, which are the parents of the school as well as teachers and friends of Five Ways.  As a registered Charity the committee members have a legal duty to ensure that the PTFA acts lawfully and is managed properly. 

Support from PTA-UK

Five Ways PTFA is a member of PTA-UK, which is a national charity and membership organisation providing support and guidance for all home school associations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our association is one of over 13,600 members in current membership of the PTA-UK.

PTA UK Member Association

We pay an annual membership fee which gives us lots of member benefits including comprehensive insurance cover for all PTA run events, support and advice on running the PTFA plus fundraising ideas and good practice hints and tips. PTA-UK also provides us with the opportunity to meet and communicate with other PTAs to discuss and share experiences. We receive guidance to ensure our events are legal and safe. In addition, we have a valuable resource at our fingertips. For more information visit PTA-UK.