Who are we?

The Friends of Astley School is a voluntary group which cares about the success and welfare of the School and its children – all parents automatically become Friends but support is equally welcome from aunts, uncles and grandparents!

What do we do?

Our main aim is to raise funds to supplement those of the School, which are then used to enhance the children’s learning experiences (and have fun along the way!).
Fundraising activities include:Fetes, Fairs, the 100 Club, sponsored walks and half-termly children’s discos. The Friends also hold regular coffee mornings before each class Assembly enabling parents to meet and chat.

What happens to the money we raise?

The money is used either to provide the children with specific items, or for the use of equipment, which the school could not otherwise afford. The Friends committee decides whether or not to support an idea/request, which often comes from the committee members themselves or, more commonly, from the children.Here are some examples of what the Friends fundraising has achieved:

The installation and upkeep of the adventure playground loved by all the children.

At the children’s request, new shirts for the choir and running club were purchased – pupils wanted to show they were a team away from the school!

Many new books as well as geography and maths equipment have been bought for the children to use in school we also present the Year 6 leavers with a book gift every year.

Children love all things nature –  to complement the School’s work in this area the Friends have provided guinea pig runs and seeds and plants so the children can grow their own vegetables and flowers in the raised flower beds we have made.

How can you help?

We have a dedicated committee who work hard to support the Friends. However, in order to continue successfully raising much needed funds, we do need new members.Do you have time to attend around four meetings a year?

Would you be happy to help out at a fundraising event?

Are you an ideas person?

Do you have a skill or trade, which would be helpful around school?

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to any of the above, we would love to hear from you! Please speak to one of the following committee members, or leave a note with the school secretary.

Chair: Sam Williamson
Secretary: Louise Hilling
Treasurer: Clare Burrell