Wild Space Video

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About us


We are a registered charity, no 1166718.

Our aim is to support Hatcham Temple Grove Free School in creating a strong and positive community of families, carers, children and staff.

We do this through:

  • Social events and activities that help build relationships and encourage children, their families and the staff of the school to feel part of school life


  • By raising funds to help support the school for the benefit of the children of Hatcham Temple Grove Free School


Membership of the Friends of the Free School is automatic for all parents, carers and staff and there are regular opportunities to get involved, great and small.

We have open meetings, where we discuss our plans for events and activities and agree our spending priorities.

Our newsletter is sent out by the school so that all should parents receive it.

Funds raised by Friends of the Free School so far have been used to buy a school piano, build vegetable patches for Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms and buy books, games and beanbags for the library, among other things.

Our main fundraising project is to support a Forest School program at the school and develop an area of land near the building called the Wild Space.


What does being a registered charity mean?


As our income exceeded £5,000 last year, the Friends of the Free School was required to register as a charity. Benefits of registering as a charity include:
•exemption from the payment of income and corporation tax
•eligibility to receive charitable donations from local and national companies
•eligibility to apply for grants
•eligibility for payroll giving and company matched giving schemes
•eligibility to apply for Gift Aid
In addition, this is confirmation that the Friends of the Free School is working for the benefit of the children at the Free School.
Our charity number is 1166718 and we have registered with Gift Aid, which means we will be able to reclaim tax on certain donations.
As a charity we now also have to comply with a clear set of rules set out by the Charity Commission. Whilst we are able to raise funds for other charities, we must consider the impact of this on our fund raising for School enrichment and on our limited resources. We all have our favoured charities which we support and we hope you understand that we are not able to raise funds for other charities at Friends of the Free School events.
Please do continue to use the Facebook page to publicise your charitable events and please do speak to Mr Welsh if you have an idea that the school council may be interested in supporting.