About Us

Who are we?

FOALS are a Parent Teacher Association. We are a member of Parentkind (Formerly PTA-UK) and we are also a registered charity. Our charity number is 1104422.
Since being established in 2004 we have raised money to pay for equipment and resources for Ash Lea school and also organised many activities and events for the children and parents.

FOALS is run by a small committee of parents and teachers of Ash Lea pupils who meet once or twice a term.

What do we do?

Our main aim is to organise a calendar of subsidised or free activities and events for children that attend Ash Lea school along with their parents/carers/siblings.  Throughout the year we organise fundraising events to raise money to allow us to do this.

In addition to these events, we also fund equipment and resources for the school to enhance our children’s educational experience and the schools facilities.

Put simply, we raise money for the benefit of our children at Ash Lea.

However, FOALS is about much more than simply fundraising and event organisation. FOALS provides an excellent way of bringing staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal.

We are extremely conscious of the diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this.

Examples of our work

Previously we have donated towards sensory equipment, sports gear, wheelchair accessible equipment, Christmas tress, educational toys, musical instruments and much more.  We have contributed to the hire of vintage buses, limousines and disco hire for the school leavers prom nights, and have donated large amounts towards the school’s Summer holiday fun weeks which has allowed the children to travel to and visit theme parks and zoo’s.

Twice a year we hire the pool at Cotgrave Leisure Centre and provide a free buffet afterwards. Once a year we hire out a cinema screen for a private screening at the Broadway cinema in Nottingham city centre and we also fund tickets to theme parks and organise a private charter of the Nottingham Princess Santa Cruise.

For parents and carers we arrange one or two meals a year to provide an opportunity for parents to meet up socially. Most of the pupils of Ash Lea arrive and depart school on funded transport from Nottinghamshire County Council so parents do not have an opportunity to meet at the school gates.

About the FOALS Committee

The Committee consists of three Officers: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition to this are the ordinary committee members to make up the full committee, but they are by no means ordinary!
The Committee meets on a regular basis, once or twice per term, with smaller working groups meeting as necessary when we are planning larger events. We hold our meetings at the Rose and Crown pub in Cotgrave. If you’d like to join us please feel free. We always welcome new members.

Data Protection

When organising events we will collect information from parents/carers. This information is provided by completing a form or sending an email via the School Office. If you sign up for an
event/activity we use this information to contact you about the event/activity. We will delete paper/electronic copies of this contact information after each event.

If you give your consent, we will keep your contact details (name, child’s name, email address and phone number). These will be held securely in the school’s office 365 tenancy within the FOALS OneDrive. We will only keep this information whilst your child is at Ash Lea School and we will only use it for contacting you about events and fundraising activities.

You can ask us to delete this information at any time by emailing us.

We will not share your data with anyone else and all data will be processed according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.