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Great Alne Primary School

Friends of School (F.o.S.)

Friends of Great Alne Primary School

Friends of School, or FOS as we are affectionately known are a group of committed and enthusiastic parents who, throughout the year put on events and fundraise with the aim of enhancing the school experience for all the children as well as funding WOW moments.

We organise events for both the school community and the local community and these events include things like the welcome return of school discos following covid, as well as Christmas cards, raffles, Jubilee celebrations, school tea towels and ice cream sales during the summer.  The list is endless and we are always looking for new and different ideas.  Alne Fest is an event we all get involved with every two years.   This is a family music festival for both the school and local communities.

Money raised at all our events has helped us fund some amazing experiences for the children.  These include a bird of prey experience for all children during science week, fully funding a local professional theatre company to come into school to put on a pantomime for the children as well as funding a Hamlet ‘play’ experience to support key stage 2 learning.  We are currently working with the school to help support them to upgrade the outdoor learning area as well as looking at improving some of the tech within the school

We have a number of fund raising events that are ongoing throughout the year.  These are:-

Pre loved uniform sales – for a small price of £1 we have a selection of good quality skirts, dresses, trousers and PE kit which saves the expense of having to buy brand new every year, as well as helping to reduce waste

50 Club – This a lottery type event where you buy a number for £1 a month.  There is then a monthly draw where you have the chance of winning £20 a month (prize pot varies depending on the numbers sold)

Easy Fund Raising – You can raise money for FOS every time you shop online with retailers giving us a % on all your purchases

Who are we?

Chair - Abby Ratcliffe
Vice Chair - Jasmine Lewis
Treasurer - Kate McStrafick
Secretary - Suzy Holder

We also have a number of parents across all year groups that regularly help us out with events.  If you’d like to join us, then either speak to the school office or drop us an email at .  People like to offer support in all different ways, so we appreciate not everyone wants to be a committee member.  Any help you can give us is appreciated, be it helping to run or plan events or simple buying a disco or raffle ticket, it all helps. We also have a facebook page ‘Friends of Great Alne School’ where we share important information about upcoming events, successes from previous events as well as meeting dates.

 We are a friendly bunch and have a ‘sociable’ meeting at least once a term, usually in the local pub!  As well as having a few drinks and a chat, we agree events for the next few months as well as agreeing what we are funding/fundraising for.  We would love you to come and join us.

Everything we do is for the children and it is so rewarding to see the smiles of the children’s faces at all the events and to hear their excited voices after we have funded something for them.