The PTFA is a registered charity which raises money for expenses which are not covered by the school budget with the aim of making learning experiences more fulfilling, exciting and fun. All parents and carers automatically become members of the PTFA when their children join our school. As well as raising money, the PTFA helps to build the community and success of the school.

The PTFA raises most of its money through big events like the Summer Fair, and the Family Fun Day, Comedy Night and the Christmas Fair. There are also regular cake sales, nearly new sales, and clothing collections. We hold termly Mufti Days which specifically raise money to fund visits from authors which are a big hit with the children.

Alongside coming to and helping at school events, there are some really easy ways to help raise money for the school such as using the school shopping website ( which donates a percentage of the money you spend to the PTFA, buying Christmas cards and Christmas trees through the school, subscribing to Lucky Numbers, advertising in the PTFA Trader.

In the last couple of years, over £50,000 of PTFA money has helped fund the makeover of the Balham KS1 playground, play equipment for both sites, a set of Djembe drums, a set of xylophones, over 30 ipads, digital cameras, camcorders and portable music systems.

More recently our funding allowed us to offer additional sport related experiences (e.g. Clip and Climb, Herne Hill Velodrome) for all children and funded pre-sports day coaching at Tooting Bec Atheletics Track. Parents have also set up and manage a running club, which takes place before school on the common. In addition, the PTFA has committed to ongoing support which includes:-

  • Year 6 and Year 4 school journeys
  • Year 6 leavers disco
  • Christmas entertainment
  • Christmas discos
  • Presents for every child from Santa
  • Hardship fund
  • School day trips

Contacting the PTFA

You can contact us by email or you can drop a note in the pink PTFA box outside the Balham school office or leave it with the Streatham office. We send out regular emails about our events and activities, so please send us your email address to get on our mailing list.

How can you help the PTFA?

Here are some really easy ways you can support the PTFA:

  • Agree to host an estate agent board outside your home. Most of our events are sponsored by local estate agents who will give us £10-20 per board to a maximum of a 100 boards, raising up to £2000 per event. All you have to do is give us your name & address.
  • Order your Christmas cards & gifts through the school at a great price. You get to admire your child’s unique design and last year, sales of Christmas cards, mugs & tea towels raised over £2,700. We also sell great value quality Christmas Trees which you have to order in advance.
  • Advertise in the monthly PTFA trader A great way to let parents know about your local business, sell unwanted items, look for a nanny share. Contact so far this year, it has raised over £1,500.
  • Micro Scooters If you are buying a micro scooter, please use code 100567 at the checkout on their website. If just 3 parents purchase a Micro Scooter with this code, we get one for the School as a great raffle prize!
  • Lucky Numbers is a monthly prize draw, where half the total is given out as a prize to the Lucky Number winner and half the money goes to the PTFA. It costs from just £1 per month and you are in with a chance to win up to £50. The more people that enter, the higher the prize money will be – we currently have over 100 players but would love more. Contact Helen Taylor at to sign up
  • Easy to Name Make sure you order your next batch of name labels from this site and they will donate 20% to the PTFA.
  • Yellow Moon A great source of arts & craft supplies, party bag fillers, pocket money toys – Buy anything from their catalogue or online to raise money. Just quote our code SHE1201 at the checkout to claim the cash back.
  • Travel Matters All holidays booked through this local travel agent will result in a £10 donation per person.
  • Liberty Wine Choose from a great selection of wines & champagnes. Prices are discounted off the usual high street price so you can make great savings and raise money! Last year, this raised over £1600 for the PTFA. For details, contact
  • EduVoice is a fundraising scheme for schools where parents and children raise money both for the PTFA and themselves, just by giving their opinions. Once registered you will be emailed occasional surveys. Register and quote our schools unique code which is 424133346.
  • Payroll Giving Employees can make regular or one-off donations directly from their earnings, company or pension to the PTFA (as we are a registered charity) and all donors are given tax relief on the amount immediately. Visit HMRC and search for payroll giving for more information.
  • Corporate Donations Over the years, there have been a small number of companies who have made donations to the Henry Cavendish PTFA, as we are a charity and they want to support a community school. For example, ESSO has a programme to support employees, who volunteer in their spare time, by donating up to £1000 per year for the charity that the employee supports. If you work for a large organisation, they may have a policy of donating to good causes and we could be one of them – we can help with how to set this up.
  • Donate Unwanted childrens’ books to the school library, collect supermarket vouchers to help buy equipment, collect for termly Phil the Bag (unwanted clothes, shoes, material, old curtains etc) unwanted kids’ dressing up clothes for playtimes.

The PTFA Committee

Here’s an overview of the roles which we “formally” appoint the PTFA committee at the AGM In October:

Chair(s) The Chair of the Committee with overall responsibility for the PTFA and for liaising with senior staff at the School.

Vice Chair(s) This is a non-specific role with a key emphasis on supporting the Chair and helping them with the general workload. Also, taking on projects that need some research done – for example, how can we use fundraising websites to make money?

Treasurer This involves maintaining a record of all expenditure, managing the bank account, issuing cheques and payments, managing cash at events and a lot of counting of small change!

Secretary Taking minutes at meetings and circulating them, organising dates and meetings and other general administrative tasks.

Communications Writing any information, booklets, flyers etc that is required by the PTFA.
Membership Liaising with all the different parts of the school and the wider community that the PTFA need to communicate with, for example, organising coffee mornings with new class reps

Fundraising Sourcing and organising prizes for all raffles, silent auctions and event sponsorships