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Focus on Spalding Grammar PFA

The hard-working Parents and Friends Association at Spalding Grammar School has raised an amazing £100,000 in the last seven years.

The last three years have seen the group fund almost £30,000 of equipment.

PFA chair Julie Walton said: “We have purchased table tennis tables for outside, replaced furnishings in the sixth form coffee lounge and updated the light and sound systems in the hall.”

Other notable items bought thanks to the PFA’s fundraising activities include picnic benches, weather analysis instruments and a 3D printer.

Equally important, though, to students’ learning and enrichment and the smooth running of the school are items such as countdown clocks for the chess club, Minecraft licences and a tumble dryer for the canteen.

The 12-strong PFA committee works with the headmaster, school staff and students and, through its year-round events, is able to consider annual bids from departments across the school.

The most recent fundraiser was a quiz night this month which raised more than £900.

Miss Walton said: “The Easter raffle is the big event this term.

“There will be another quiz next term and we’re planning a football tournament for June.”

Assistant headteacher Dave Endersbee says the PFA is an integral and valued group within the school community.

He added: “As PFA liaison, I am always in awe of the generosity shown by its members, giving up their time to organise and run events to raise funds for our students.

“Their support to the school is fundamental, and in my opinion two-fold. First and foremost, they help create an excellent atmosphere of fun and togetherness through their various events, which help enthuse parents, students and the wider community.

“Secondly, in current times of continued financial hardship in education, the £100,000 they have raised in the past seven years goes an awful long way to help provide educational and enrichment resources that simply cannot be afforded through Government capitation; all to the benefit of our students.

“In short, they are an inspirational group of volunteers who go above and beyond to improve the educational experience for our students.”

The PFA is only able to support the school by the efforts of its volunteers and the success of its fundraising activities. Anyone able to spare a few hours would be welcome.

The PFA also provides a rehoming service for any uniform which is no longer needed and is in wearable condition.

To contact the PFA email ptagram@yahoo.com For details of forthcoming events visit the PFA Facebook page.

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