What is a Friends Association and how does it differ from a PTA? 

A Friends Association is an organisation which, like a PTA, supports the school by fundraising and building relationships between the school and the parents.

A PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is open only to parents and teachers; a Friends Association has a wider membership base.  Parents, carers, childminders, grandparents, local businesses and other community groups can all be involved in our Friends Association.  This means that we have access to a greater number of people to help us fundraise and enrich the school lives of the pupils.

We are affiliated to the NCPTA (find out more at www.pta.org.uk) and have adopted a constitution approved by them. 

We are also a registered charity.

Our Aims

The objectives of the Friends of Castle Park Association (FOCPA) are to advance the education of the pupils in school, in particular by:

  • Developing effective relationships between the staff, parents, guardians and others associated with the school.
  • Engaging in activities or providing facilities or equipment which support the school and advance the education of the pupils.

How do we achieve these aims?

We run several events throughout the year to raise funds and also look for other opportunities to fundraise wherever possible.  Here are some examples of our fundraising over the last few years:

  • Family Discos
  • Easter Bonnet parade
  • Mother's Day Gifts
  • Christmas Fayre
  • Summer Fete
  • Shopping Nights
  • Father's Day Gifts
  • School Discos
  • Fun Fridays (Film Night)
  • Christmas Cards designed by the pupils
  • EasyFundraising Online Shopping Site

How can you help?

Everyone can help us in some way.  Even if you don’t have the time to volunteer there is always some way that you can support the school. 

Click on our "How can you help?" link below to find out more.