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grumpyfrumpy Mon 19-Sep-05 12:37:58

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Creole Mon 09-Jul-07 13:16:01

The local estate agent at my school sponsors the summer fair. So, they give £50 for every sale sign board erected - but instead of the for sale sign you get details of the fair, in place of. This generates quite a lot of money and advertisement for the estate agent.

spj630 Sun 23-Nov-08 15:49:13

we do a chocolate tombola at our school xmas fayre.
in return for bringing in a bar of chocolate you can wear your own clothes,the chocolate is then used on the chocolate tombola stall!!!

madmich Mon 22-Dec-08 09:39:25

Use this link to join easy fundraising. It's completely free to join and use and can make you a lot of money

SueMM Sun 04-Jan-09 08:50:32

try they have some great items for stalls, raffles and tombolas and are really helpful and cheap!

A box of 48 gliders is only £3.90 ( ex vat) they're a wholesaler but don't have a minimum order and gave us some great help and advice. They deal with a lot of PTAs and fundraisers and we've saved a lot of money with them.

AlisonB12 Tue 06-Jan-09 14:13:50

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rhibe Thu 12-Feb-09 13:48:20

Our school has recently signed up with a scheme called Bikes4School, which we were told about by our LEA. It is really easy to register and involves no work for us!

Children and their familes are entitled to discounts for bikes and everything on their site including clothing and lights etc. For every order placed our school gets 5% of the money back which actually adds up quite fast if the children are buying bikes for £100+. Also the money comes straight back to the school, which means we are not tied to spending the money on their site!
Their address is

MorocconOil Thu 12-Feb-09 13:58:06

We do a film club. After school screen a recent film, (you have to obtain a licence), and serve a simple snack.

Parents love it as it is very cheap childcare.
The children love watching a film with their friends. We also get parents coming to help and it is quite a social event.

We charge £2.50 per child as we are in a disadvantaged area, but we still manage to make £250. I'm sure more affluent schools could charge more.

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flame82 Tue 26-May-09 16:40:10

A friend of mine is a teacher and this year her school is taking part in flower bulb fundraising scheme.

They are using a company called Top of the Class Bulbs ( and it works like similar fundraisers - pupils are given coloured brochures to take home where they then sell as many packs of bulbs as they can (not necessarily just to parents) and the school makes a profits on all packs of bulbs sold.

It looks fairly straightforward and even as a small school there is the potential to make quite a good profit!

yummymummy40 Mon 08-Jun-09 14:36:51

selling eco bags with your school name printed on, our school recently tried this and made lots of money

tassisssss Mon 08-Jun-09 14:47:40

yummymummy, what company did you use? the one we looked at recently wasn't seen as great value.

yellow moon annoy me that they're just baker ross with inflated prices. i'd buy my BR stuff through yellow moon if it were the same price, but resent paying extra IYKWIM

we do bags2school and easy2name (money for nothing...can come back later to fill you in, dh needs computer)

as far as events go we have evening discos for the kids 3 times a year, Saturday coffee and craft morning, summer fete, family quiz nights.

JamesHailsoc Mon 08-Jun-09 20:04:23

We had a pyjama day. All the school, including teachers and parents in pyjamas and dressing gowns. It raised a tidy sum and was great fun!

HarrietPotter Wed 19-Aug-09 23:09:48

We've held a couple of very successful Pudding Nights.
We sell tickets (£5 I think, possibly more) to come along and eat as many puddings as you like.
Most people like to bring along their signature pud, but there is no obligation to do so.
Our school is too small to hold the event, so it takes place in our local pub on a Monday or Tuesday which are normally very quiet - the pub like it as everyone buys a drink, though you could hold it at school and sell drinks or include them in the cost of the ticket.
Half way through the evening we hold a free food-themed quiz, and sell raffle tickets at £1 each which most people buy.
Everyone loves it, its a great way to socialise and people get great value for money.

ScampyGirl Sun 13-Jun-10 17:49:05

Ever tried Funmats?? Funmats take kids pictures (not a class picture like they do with tea towels) and then parents order what products they would like with their kids picture on. School makes money on every sale.

We did the project based on what the kids were doing in class (jobs), so their pictures had the theme of "When I grow up I want to be..." so it fitted into the curriculum, and the kids / family got to have their picture on the products (coasters, placemats, mousemats, tshirts, mugs, canvas bags...)

We did it before Christmas and made a load of money from parents buying the products as gifts for family members

ukmillymolly Thu 08-Jul-10 13:45:41

We did a school art project with these people it was a huge success.

It was no risk as we didn't have to commit to anything upfront, we were provided with all the templates and promotional stuff.

The teachers liked it fitted well with the National Curriculum!

And finally the kids loved it as they got to have a printed card of their art work with their photo and name on the back!

I would recommend it as a great way to raise money with low effort and no risk!

tribunalgoer Thu 08-Jul-10 13:56:10

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emptyshell Thu 08-Jul-10 15:07:21

My old TA used to run the PTA so I got to see most of the things ours did to raise funds (by virtue of kids trotting down to our classroom bearing envelopes of orders).

Schoolslink by Scholastic - she did this quite heavily, always had a few orders.
They made and sold calendars every year with a picture of each child in the school drawn on (kind of the tea-towels thing but done in house).
Termly discos - most of the money was made on the tuck shops, had an hour and a bit for KS1, then lower KS2, then upper KS2 - obviously relies on staff being ameanable to putting in a supervision/DJ stint.

Another school had a family quiz night - unfortunately one teacher got disqualified amid accusations of cheating and one family took it so seriously they had a family member at home armed with the encyclopedia and Google and kept running to the toilets to text questions to their connection!

jodilee3 Mon 12-Jul-10 23:34:11

Hi i have just stumbled upon this. have any of you guys heard of Skyecycle Ltd we do fundraising for schools with recycling used clothing and bric or brac. Dont worry im not just on here to market my company i am a mother of 2 lol. we work with nurseries, schools and scouts basically any organisation needing to raise some extra cash. We pay £450 per tonne for schools, this might sound like a lot of clothing but trust me schools raise so much doing this. Have a look at our website we travel anywhere in between coventry and the north of england its a fab way to earn some extra cash xxxx

jomeljare Tue 02-Nov-10 10:27:01

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f1karen Tue 30-Nov-10 20:33:48

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spj630 Fri 04-Feb-11 11:59:55

hi, does anyone have any ideas where we can order a film to do a cinema night at school?

DaniFFM Sat 05-Feb-11 21:27:22

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makemineapinot Sat 05-Feb-11 21:45:53

Parents voice - I know how you feel - you should write to the head and let her know how you feel. Those fundraising ideas are very unfair. At least offer 2 prizes - one for the actual spelling and one for the moeny raised. sad for you and your kids - I was in your shoes too at our last school.

Re the fundraising what we've found works is:

school disco - the £1 entry fee pays for the dj and you make money at the tuck shop (plus the glow sticks!!!) probv about £250 - £300 per evenign - 2 discos , early for the littlies and later for the older ones. school of approx 350 kids.

bags2school - distribute the bags for textile/shoes recycling and get paid by weight - minimum efforta nd you make good moeny
yellow moon - easy and make some money
match funding is by far and away the best way to make money!!
Penny trail - each class competes tp bring in the most in loose change.
Cake sales - each class/yesr group then keeps the moeny they make and chooses what to buy.

mollyblack57 Wed 04-May-11 11:32:43

I too feel very strongly about fundraising and our PTA. My children attend a private school. Their fees are hefty and I do not think that fundraising should be a prime function of our PTA 's constitution which it seems to be. The school should be funding computers etc not the PTA whose many parents struggle to send their children there in the first place. Perhaps were this a state sector school my mindset would be different.

startail Sat 07-May-11 01:50:32

I agree with parents voice about sponsored events they are the pits if you have no relatives to ask. And as for the half to charity, half to the school with incentives for children who raise more angry (We had some sports thing with a pencil case if you raised £10 and a bag for £20, I'm afraid I ignored that one).

With fingers crossed because I've printed out a pile of signs for an event tomorrow and the weather forecast is yerk!

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