About The Friends

college_house_junior_schoolThe Friends of College House is the name given to what was formerly the PTA, and it exists to promote the close co-operation of parents and teachers in support of the school. The Friends arrange a variety of activities throughout the school year (social, fund-raising and educational), all aimed at enhancing the experiences of pupils at the school and raising money for the school. We are a registered charity (No. 518492) and all the funds raised go towards helping the school to buy important “extras”, over and above what the school budget can provide.

Over its lifetime, the Friends have raised many tens of thousands of pounds, which have been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general. The school is very supportive of the Friends and it is a great example of an effective partnership between parents and staff.

We like to think the Friends do a lot more than just fundraising. We aim to provide closer links between home and school, as running our events is an excellent way to bring staff, parents/carers and friend together socially in support of the school working towards a common goal.

We have, over time, developed links with the local community and are always well supported by both residents and businesses.

Current Committee Members

Chair: Rotates

Treasurer: Mark Scard (parent)

Secretary : Helen Ramwell (parent)

School representation : Jo Revill (Executive Head Teacher and President of the Friends) or Michaela Brown (Acting Head of KS2), Paul Wilkins (Teacher)

Printing: Mick Sharp sorts out printing of posters and flyers for us.

Marketing: Roisin Kirby sorts out publicity for our events via local mags and websites.

Anyone linked to the school is welcome to come to the meetings and help make the decisions that result in our events. We meet every few months for a 1.5-2 hours, either at school or at a local pub. But you don’t have to come to the meetings to get involved – if you join our email list, you will be sent the notes of the meetings and regular requests for help or suggestions.

There is no commitment required from anyone – people get involved because they want to give back something to the school, share skills, meet other parents and support events that are fun for the children, parents and local community too ! But we understand that some people have more free time than others, and sometimes what time you have available changes due to circumstances.

We are always keen to welcome new parents to the meetings or helping at events, because every year we lose the parents of Year 6 pupils, as they move up to secondary school. To join our Friends mailing list, please go to the “contact us” page and send us an email.