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  • Ysgol Friars PTSA

    What we do

    Support the school and its pupils in a wide range of extra-curricular and out of classroom activities, which help make the school experience a more enjoyable one for our children. 

    In 2013-14 we awarded £2160 to such activities. 

    In 2014-15 we awarded £1745.  So far this year we’ve requests for over £1800

    How have we supported recently?

    ·         Help out with funding (in addition to that provided by the school) for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, allowing for extra places on this popular activity.

    ·         We have purchased kit for the Netball Team, an extra table for the Table Tennis Club, music stands for the Music Department, an outdoor picnic table.

    ·         We’ve also recently provided funds to help repair a vital piece of equipment in the Design & Technology Department

    ·         Aided with the hire of props for last year’s drama production (helped with the hiring costs of Audrey 2 in last year’s Little Shop of Horrors production)

    ·         Helping out with keeping the cost of this year’s French exchange trip at a reasonable level, and therefore more affordable for parents.

    ·         Regular support for the Success Maker programme.

    ·         Mats for the Bouldering Club

    How we do it

    ·         Meet at least once a term;

    ·         Hold a disco for Years 7, 8 & 9 once a term;

    ·         Organise a sponsored event (exciting ideas are always welcome!);

    ·         Organise Quiz Nights;

    ·         Provide refreshments at school events such as Parents Evenings and drama productions;

    ·         Have an Annual General meeting in the autumn term.

    What we need

    More volunteers for practical help at events

    Enthusiasm and suggestions for future events

    School families who will come to our events and support them

    If you want to contact the PTSA please send an email to

    • Design & Technology

      Mr Holdsworth (Head of D&T Faculty): The kind gesture from the PTSA to provide the funding necessary for the service and repair of our Laser cutter has allowed all pupils at KS3,4 and 5 to complete and produce high quality products. The funding was used to ensure a qualified engineer from Solar lasers serviced and replaced vital parts of the CNC; for example - pulleys, belts and recalibration of the laser and refilling of the gas chamber were all necessary. Prior to this, we had difficulty in ensuring that products were cut accurately.

      The ability for all pupils to have, and use modern CNC is vital to the successful completion of our KS3 projects, key aspects of the POS - curriculum, all KS4 and 5 specifications.

      Pupils are shown how to set-up and use the laser cutter to produce a variety of different products or models. The level of accuracy that this works to now is +-0mm. Therefore, allowing all users to manufacture products of high quality.

      Attached are some images of recent jobs, some on-going that pupils are working on. This machine is in constant use during the school day.

    • Mr Martin Roberts, SuccessMaker

      The money from the PTSA has been of great help to the pupils in that it motivates them to give their best effort at all times, builds their self-confidence & encourages them to work as part of a team (where they can earn points to gain prizes for our awards at Xmas, Easter & end o year). This academic year it has also helped us expand SuccessMaker, with the addition of the extra programmes, to help even more pupils.  The recent reading tests have shown significant improvement.