Our Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) are an incredible part of school life and, whilst in most secondary schools the role of parents in school life is minimal, we are blessed with a lively, creative and committed group.

The Team

The PTFA Team is made up of the following parents / staff:

  • Chair of PTFA – Lindsay Hulme
  • Secretary – Liz Fernihough
  • Treasurer – Carol Ingham
  • Bar Manager – Katherine Gwilt / Anne Askew
  • School Link – Lottie Hearn (Assistant Headteacher)

In addition, there are around another thirty active members and, as well as pulling together for the school, the group get along fantastically well, and there are social events through the year too.

Pre-COVID Times

In a normal school year the PTFA would be involved in a wide range of activities including (as a minimum):

  • Oktoberfest
  • Bags 2 School 1
  • ‘Whole-School Show’ Bars
  • Xmas Raffle
  • Non-Uniform Day 1
  • Santa Run
  • PTA Quiz
  • ‘Battle of the Bands’ Bar
  • Non-Uniform Day 2
  • George Hotel Event
  • Bags 2 School 2
  • ‘Encore’ Bars
  • ‘Lower School Show’ Bar
  • Wine Tasting Event
  • Summer Raffle
  • Sports Day
  • Non-Uniform Day 3
  • Summer Sizzler Bar

In recent years, these event raise around £15,000 annually and further events including a comedy night, barn dance and ball were on the horizon.


During COVID times the PTFA has remained active with Teams Meetings continuing and ever-creative plans and schemes coming up to help maintain drive and raise those critical funds:

  • Virtual Summer Sizzler
  • Online Music / Drama
  • Friary Brand Shop

The group have proved a welcome support and community reference group for the school.


The Friary PTFA have funded a wide range of developments in recent years including:

  • New Sixth Form Centre
  • Library Reading Books
  • Canteen Extension
  • Theatre Improvements
  • New ICT Resources
  • Music Equipment

 Getting Involved

The PTFA is always keen to get new members involved so if you wish to help out, or simply wish to know more about the PTFA’s work, please contact Lottie Hearn, Assistant Headteacher, via