Friends of Gillespie PTA
Who we are
What does it do?
Friends Of Gillespie (FOG) aims to advance the education and quality of life of pupils of Gillespie Primary School and their families. It builds relationships across the Gillespie community with social events and by fundraising for the school and wider community.
Why is FOG a charity?
Because FOG is a registered charity it can receive grants from other charities and private foundations that help fund larger projects at the school. As a charity FOG is also able to claim Gift Aid from the UK Government of 25% (that’s 25p extra on every £1 donated) on regular donations from school families.
Where does the money come from?
Until the restrictions due to covid-19, most of FOG's money came from fundraising events. These are not going to be possile for the forseeable future. So, some parents have enquired whether they could support further by making one off or regular donations. To be clear, neither FOG nor the school wish for parents to feel that they ought to be making donations in this way. However, for those parents that do we want them to be able to in a straightforward and tax efficient way to have the highest positive impact for the school, its pupils and the local community.
This money will also earn the government's Gift Aid of 25% extra.
What is the money spent on?
Money raised by FOG is used on various projects from:
- funding or subsidising school outings and afterschool clubs;
- enhancing the classroom experience, for instance with visiting storytellers or historians;
- reading books;
- supporting Lab 13; and
- helping occasionally fund renovations such as the recent revamp of the Nursery/Reception Garden area.
Who decides how the money is spent?
The FOG Committee along with the head teacher decide how the money is spent. Teachers can approach FOG to request funding for supplies, subsidising of trips or any other request and these will be assessed by the FOG Committee. The FOG Committee also welcome input from parents and carers involved with the school on where funding should be allocated.