Windy Nook Parent, Teachers and Friends Association

What is the PTFA

Windy Nook Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) are a group of people who help to organise fun activities for the school. This is to raise funds for school events or equipment that benefit your children.

Who can belong to the PTFA

Anyone who has children at the school (parents/grandparents/carers) or who works at the school can be a member of the PTFA.  Anyone who wishes to join is made welcome and it is never too late to get involved.  We are always on the lookout for new members with new and fresh ideas or people to help at our events.

Whatever you can put in – it will be appreciated.

Fun and Social Events

It’s not always about raising funds, the social events are equally important. The Halloween and Friendship disco’s are very popular for all the children.

So far we have arranged

  • Film nights
  • Halloween and Friendship Disco’
  • Christmas Prize fund
  • Stalls at the Christmas Fayre
  • Contribution towards KS2 pantomime
  • Funding for waterproof clothing for KS1
  • Contribution to Year 6 leavers presents

We are currently planning lots of other activites, so please keep an eye on the schools webite. In the near future we will be running refreshment stalls at the science week and sports day.

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We often need donations to support our raffles and tombolas, if you have any unwanted gifts please donate them to the PTFA.

Planning and Organising

We hold committee meetings at school from 4pm every quarter to discuss key areas as well as Parent Planning meetings at the Fiddlers Pub from 6pm. The planning meetings are informal meetings to discuss activities and generate new ideas.

The PTFA committee has many roles and parents can volunteer for these and are elected each year at the AGM. These are the roles and parents in post at the present time.

Chair: Emma Watson

Vice Chair: Christina Turnbull

Secretary: Beth Edgar

Vice Secretary: Emma Hutchinson

Treasurer: Emma Hutchinson

Committee Members: Joanne Tomkins, Julie Graham, Jane Long, Claire Fitzpatrick, Sharon Grant, Gemma Stevens and Chris Watson.

Miss Clough is the School staff committee member.

All parents are welcome to attend the committee and planning meetings, so please come along and be involved in your child’s school activities

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How to contact your PTFA

Please complete the expression of interest form below and hand into the school office.

Previous meetings

Annual General Meeting 05/07/2017 <attach word document>

Parent planning meeting 21/09/2017 <attach word document>

Committee meeting 18/10/2017 <attach word document>

Committee meeting 22/03/2018 <attach word document>

Committee meetings – 13/06/2018

Parent Planning meeting – 17/05/2018

AGM – 16/07/2018

Future meetings

Committee Meetings at Windy Nook School – 4pm

13/11/2018, 12/02/2019 and 25/04/2019

Planning Meetings at the Fiddlers Pub (Parents) – 6pm

9/10/18, 15/01/2019 and 7/05/2019

AGM – School

8/07/2019, details to be confirmed.

PTFA Roles


The Chair directs the meetings, making sure everyone’s views are heard and everyone is involved in the meeting. They make sure all committee members are familiar with constitution and the supports the PTFA.

Vice Chair

The Vice Chair supports the chair with the above responsibilities. The Vice Chair will carry out the duties if the Chair is unavailable.


The Secretary communicates with the school leads and maintains accurate records of meetings. The secretary works with the Chair.


The Treasurer ensures accurate financial records are kept and best practice procedures are followed for counting money, banking and making payments. They should keep the committee updated with regular reports, and ensure end of year reports are completed for the association’s AGM.

Committee members

Committee members support with the decisions and ideas made at meetings. They also support at events and other skills to support the committee and to the school. This could be fundraising, marketing, practical skills and so on.

On behalf of the PTFA we would like to ask any parents who would like to join the committee to put their name down at Reception. We would love more parents to be involved so our children can enjoy more activities organised by the school.

We look forward to bringing some great events your way.


Name: Jane Long

Role on the PTFA: Committee member


I am a development executive for a local children’s charity, so have experience in event organisations and fundraising. I also perform as a vocalist at events so have experience and contacts in the music industry. Both of my jobs will allow me to help the PTFA succeed.


Name: Emma Watson

Role on the PTFA: Chair


I have over 20 years experience supporting children and young people throughout the North East as a qualified Youth Worker. This has provided me with a wealth of opportunities to working in mental health/emotional wellbeing, homelessness, health, education, delivering training and much more. I am currently a Quality Assurance officer with an Awarding Organisation, I’m responsible for overseeing a suite of vocational qualifications which are an alternative to a GCSE.

I am also a mains grants assessor for BBC Children in Need, this is a very rewarding but difficult role as I speak to lots of organisations about how they want to help and support children and young  people.

My skills will be put to great use to support our school and much deserving children within it.


Name: Julie Graham

Role on the PTFA: Secretary


I have 25 years experience as a civil servant in various roles but mainly dealing with vulnerable people in difficult circumstances. In recent years my job role was involved in the IT sector and I have recently become self employed in  the catering retail sector. I have 4 children ranging from ages 28 to 2 years old and I believe all this experience has provided me with the skills to help the PTFA succeed in helping all our children have a positive experience at school


Name – Kerry Gray

Role on the PTFA: Vice Chair

I am an internal business Manager for a European hotwater cylinder manufacturer, I also run the admin office, my background is in accounts but made decision to change career path 2 years ago.

My qualifications and experience will allow me to fulfill my role on the PTFA


Name: Beth Edgar

Role on the PTFA: Committee member


I work in University research and am currently research administrator on a health intervention study in ageing.  I have 2 children in Windy Nook school so have been involved with the school for over 6 years now and I have also spent time helping out in the classroom and assisting on class trips.  I am keen to put my skills and experience to use within the PTFA to benefit our school.


Name: Victoria Billings

PTFA: committee member.


I have been teaching for 23 years in Newcastle as a KS2 teacher. During my teaching career, I have developed my leadership skills and am very well organised, this due to the varying roles I have taken through my career such as Head of Y5 and Y6 and KS2 Leader of Teaching and Learning. As a teacher, I have organised various school visits, including residential visits and parents’ evening meetings.

Over the past two years, I have been a Parent Governor and I am currently in the role of Vice Chair of Governors. Whilst being a Governor, I introduce the idea of having a PTFA on the request of some of our current committee members.


Name: Joanne Tomkins

Role on the PTFA: Treasurer


Co Owner and Operations Director of Therapy Direct Healthcare Ltd.  Therapy Direct is a flexible and innovative Physiotherapy Company who operate with a core team of therapists to provide nationwide cover to clients of all sizes.

I am responsible for the day to day management of the company. Part of my role is to account manage numerous contracts, develop new business ideas, contract negotiation, recruitment and human resources.


More Information

Committee meetings at school from 4.00pm
AGM – 16.07.18 time tbc 
Parent Planning meetings at The Fiddlers from 6pm

Annual General Meeting for PTFA

The PTFA would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting on 8th July. The meeting will be held in school and it is a great opportunity to find out a little more about the fabulous fundraising that the PTFA do for our school. Come along for a chat and a cuppa...

Super Spring disco!

A good time was had by all at our Spring disco. Music, dancing, games, food, fun and friends...what more could you ask for? A huge thank you to our PTFA for organising it. Article 31: You have the right to play and rest...

PTFA Facebook page

The PTFA do a fantastic job of organising and events for the children of our school. Not only do the children thoroughly enjoy these events, they raise money for the school which is used to improve the education and well-being of our children. To find out about past...

Marvelous movie night!

Another successful event by the PTFA tonight! Our Year 5 and 6 pupils watched 'The Diary of a Wimpy Kid' during our movie night and enjoyed a variety of snacks including pop corn. A good time was had by all! Article 31:You have the right to play and rest !...

A boo-tiful Halloween disco for the Early Years and KS1

The children had a spooktacular time at the Halloween disco. The children's Halloween costumes were frightfully good! The children enjoyed the spooky games and showed their monster moves on the dance floor. Thank you to the PTFA for all of your hard work in making the...

Spooktacular KS2 Halloween Disco!

What a terrifyingly fantastic Halloween disco KS2 had on Thursday night! The PTFA held a party to end all parties and the children dressed to impress. There were scarily good games and the tuck shop was full to the brim of (trick or) treats! Everyone had a brilliant...

Key Stage 1 Sports Day

The sun came out for our sports day this afternoon and what a great day it was! Well done to everyone who took part as you displayed some fantastic sporting talents and worked well as team. A big thank you to all of our families too for encouraging not only your own...


As a parent as well as a Governor, it's great to get the opportunity to see the students enjoying an activity during a school day. Today was the culmination of Science week, and myself and many parents/carers queued up waiting for a chance to see the students...

Key Stage Two Panto Fun!

Well, what a fantastic afternoon Key Stage Two children have had at the Gateshead Stadium Panto. They certainly weren't Sleeping Beauties as they were all overflowing with excitement from beginning to end! As always, they represented Windy Nook superbly and their...

PTFA Upcoming Events

Halloween Disco   In total 259 children took part in the Halloween disco and we raised a total of £405.  The PTFA would like to thank the teachers for their support and the children and parents for joining in on the fun.   Our next events are:   Early December -...

Devilish Halloween Disco!

Last night, all the ghouls and goblins were out in full force at the Year 4, 5 and 6 Halloween Disco! The children (and staff!) certainly dressed for the occasion and there were some amazing costumes on show. Everyone had a brilliant time getting their monster mash...

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