FOWAS (Friends of West Ashton School)
FOWAS (Friends of West Ashton School) is a Friends Association supporting West Ashton CE Primary School. Our members include all parents, carers, staff and friends of the school. Our role is to support the school community, by helping to strengthen links between parents, carers and staff and by raising funds to enhance the opportunities and facilities available to our children. In its time FOWAS has raised thousands of pounds, which has been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children's education and the facilities in school in general. We run a wide range of events every year both to raise money and to bring the school community together. Recent events have included a Pamper evening, a scarecrow trail, an Easter egg hunt, a disco, a Christmas pyjama party and our big summer event – the Family Fun Evening. We have also funded various workshops for the children including circus skills, People’s String Foundation and a Viking experience day.
All parents, carers, staff and friends of the school are welcome to get involved if they want to, even if they only have a small amount of time available. If you would like to become a named volunteer, offer help for an event or make suggestions then please contact any member of the committee. We will be delighted to hear from you.
FOWAS is extremely conscious of the ethos and morals of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Not all of our events are run as fundraisers. Some events such as Christmas Movie Night or school discos are run with the aim of giving the children a good time and as a way of thanking families for their continued support for the PTA. Why Are We A Registered Charity? The Charities Act 1993 requires organisations such as ours with an annual income in excess of £1,000 to register with the Charity Commission. As a Charity we must abide by Charity Commission rules and regulations and we are bound by a constitution. Our constitution sets out rules about how we operate as a PTA and how we conduct ourselves. A full copy can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Being a Registered Charity gives us many extra benefits:
- We are able to apply for Gift Aid which can earn us an extra 25 pence in every pound donated to the PTA out of earned income
- We can raise funds more easily from grant giving trusts, local businesses
- We can take advantage of charity matched giving schemes
Find us on Facebook
We have a thriving Facebook group where we post messages about events and where members can contact each other. The FOWAS facebook group is a closed group which means that posts are only seen by members and not by other people. You can find the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofwestashtonschool/. If you request to join the group we will approve if you are a school parent, carer or member of staff.
You can download our constitution by clicking on the icon below