The Nettlesworth School Community Group is a charity run by teachers, parents and carers to support and fund fun learning and social activities. Put simply we work together to fundraise to help give our children a fantastic school experience! We support some of the exciting regular extra-curricular activities like providing the prizes for the Easter Egg competition, treats for the Halloween disco and a Christmas pantomime for all the children. We also help fund equipment for the children such as the waterproof suits the children wear at Forest School. This year we are hoping to raise funds to buy a new sound system and equipment to create a sensory area in each class.
We know how busy life is and we are grateful for your help to organise and support our events, like the Christmas Fayre. There are a range ways to get involved, some people like to cover a stall at the fayre, others bake for cake sales or collect raffle prizes from local businesses. It isn’t a big commitment involving regular meetings or months spent planning, we’re all juggling children and work too. Most of our planning is done via Whatsapp or at the schoolgate!
We welcome everyone from our school community to join in. If you want to know more or can spare some time to help, please email Kelly, the NSCG Chair:
Alternatively, contact the school office for further information
You can find further information on our Charity Commission Page or the minutes from the last AGM.
Section A Reference and administration details
|Charity name||Nettlesworth School Community Group|
|Other names charity is known by||NSCG|
|Registered charity number (if any)||1052940|
|Charity’s principal address
|Nettlesworth Primary School|
|Names of the charity trustees who manage the charity|
|Trustee name||Office (if any)||Dates acted if not for whole year||Name of person (or body) entitled to appoint trustee (if any)|
|1||Kelly Lofthouse||chair||since 27th April 2022|
|2||Emily Rutherford||treasurer||30th March 2017|
|3||Catherine Allen||secretary||since 27th May 2023|
|Names of the trustees for the charity, if any, (for example, any custodian trustees)|
|Name||Dates acted if not for whole year|
|Mrs Donna Lee||2ND March 2017|
|Miss Laura Grant||2ND March 2017|
|Claire Louise Boden||2ND March 2017 resigned April 2022|
|Simon Harle||2ND March 2017 resigned April 2022|
|Jane Hindmarch||2ND March 2017|
|Clr Heather Liddle||2ND March 2017 resigned Jan 2020|
|Emma Stevens||2ND March 2017|
|Kelly Lofthouse||27th April 2022|
|Papi Taieb||26th September 2016|
|Catherine Allen||27th May 2023|
|Names and addresses of advisers (Optional information)|
Type of adviser
Community Support Officer
|Tracy Emery||Durham Community Action, 9 St Stephen’s Court, Low Willington, County Durham DL15 0BF|
|Name of chief executive or names of senior staff members (Optional information)|
Section B Structure, governance and management
|Description of the charity’s trusts|
|Type of governing document
(eg. trust deed, constitution)
|How the charity is constituted
(eg. trust, association, company)
|Trustee selection methods
(eg. appointed by, elected by)
|Additional governance issues (Optional information)|
|· Our policies and procedures are directly taken from the Charity Commission website, i.e. the Essential Trustee booklet. All new trustees are given access to our governing document and directed to relevant documents on the Charity Commission. We also use Durham Community Action for independent advice.
· The charity currently has 9 members and 3 trustees. Trustee are elected by our members every 2 years.
· We work closely with the school and its staff and governors, for the benefit of the school and its pupils.
|Section C Objectives and activities|
|Summary of the objects of the charity set out in its governing document||*To support and fund our school pupils extra curriculum activities, by helping and participating in our events and activities. The additional funds we raise help to make learning more enjoyable and social time more fun.
*An opportunity for parents and staff to meet each other to discuss matters of mutual interest: the welfare of the pupils and to support the school in positive ways.
|Summary of the main activities undertaken for the public benefit in relation to these objects (include within this section the statutory declaration that trustees have had regard to the guidance issued by the Charity Commission on public benefit)||With respect to the Charity Commission guidance, NSCG organises fundraising events (i.e. school fairs) in order to fund, fully or partly, extra curriculum activities & entertainments for our pupils.
We found pupils’ school trip out (i.e. pantomime, visits to farms, museum).
We also apply for grants to develop the school’s equipment (i.e. playground improvements).
|Additional details of objectives and activities (Optional information)
|All are trustees and members are unpaid volunteers, parents/career or staff members of Nettlesworth Primary school.
We are a no benefit organisation. All money is spent, after voting by trustees, to fund events/activities for the benefit if the pupils.
Section D Achievements and performance
|Summary of the main achievements of the charity during the year
|We also raised additional funds for outdoor playground developments via Funding applications:
This report covers the school year of 2021-2022.
NSCG was able to resume many of its normal functions, though COVID-19 continued to impact the running of the group.
In April, Papi completed her term as Chair, and I was elected at our last AGM. I would like to express my great thanks to Papi for all of the time and effort she has put into NSCG. I am especially thankful for her continued support as I have transitioned into being Chair.
Emily remained as Treasurer, and we are immensely grateful for her efforts as well. She has kept us running smoothly and efficiently.
The position of Secretary became vacant in April with Vicky Bailey’s resignation. We are thankful for the time Vicky gave and are hopeful that we can find our next Secretary soon.
The current trustees are:
· Emily Rutherford
· Papi Taieb
· Donna Lee
· Laura Morton
· Jane Hindmarch
· Emma Stevens
· Kelly Lofthouse
We were once again able to hold our events after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Some things continued to be impacted, but it was wonderful to be able to get back to functioning as normal.
Activities and gifts that took place included:
· Halloween Disco
· Christmas fayre (held for children and staff only due to COVID-19 restrictions)
· Virtual Panto
· Spring disco
· Easter eggs
· Parent’s coffee morning
· Summer fayre
The summer fayre was the first event where we could once again invite parents, carers, and the wider school community to participate. It was a wonderful day and my first personal experience of volunteering with NSCG. I heard a lot of positive feedback from parents, grandparents, and children who enjoyed coming together again. I am thankful for all the hard work all our volunteers put into making events like that possible.
Our Treasurer Emily has submitted our financial report to the Charity Commission for reporting periods of April 2021-March 2022.
The next financial report for April 2022 to March 2023 is pending (due date is prior to 31st Jan 2024).
The current accounts stand at: £1225.06
The total amount fundraised for this year was: £2096.28
· Summer Fayre
· Halloween Disco
· Christmas Fayre
· Spring Disco
Ideas and Planning for the Future
Ice lolly Fridays to be started. The first one is to be held on 23rd June. KL and PT to lead.
Non-uniform day to be held on 23rd June to source donations to Summer Fayre Raffle.
Summer Fayre planning meeting to take place after this meeting.
|Section E Financial review|
|Brief statement of the charity’s policy on reserves||The charity does not keep reserves. All funds are made available for the benefit of the school and pupils, after agreements by trustees.|
|Details of any funds materially in deficit||N/A|
|Further financial review details (Optional information)|
|The charity’s principal source of fund is fundraising within the school & local community. Yet, this year we are working on a larger scheme (playground development) so we have also turned our attention to grant applications.
Section D highlights how all our expenditure supported our key objectives of our charity, namely for the benefit of the school and its pupils.
|Section G Declaration|
|The trustees declare that they have approved the trustees’ report above.
Signed on behalf of the charity’s trustees
|Full name(s)||Papi Messaad Taieb|
|Position (eg Secretary, Chair, etc)||Chair from June 2016 to January 2018
|Date||27th April 2022|