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Friends of Dringhouses School

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About Us


Friends of Dringhouses Primary school is the name of our PTA (parent teacher association) which is a registered charity (RCN: 1095280). The committee can be contacted via their email address: or approached in person at school.


The Friends are an active group of parents, teachers and community members. All parents/carers of children in school are automatically members and the association is managed by a committee of elected parents/carers and teachers. Any number of parents/carers can be elected on to the committee and any parent can join in FODS activities. There is no joining fee or membership card. FODS organises a variety of educational and social functions during the year, as well as fundraising for extra items for the school.


Parents and teachers can approach the committee to request funding (or partial funding) for any project that will be of direct benefit to the students. More information is available from our FODS Funding Criteria document.


The Committee

The current committee is as follows:

Chairs -  Becky Laing and Emma Fletcher

Secretary - Allyson Lister

Treasurer-  Sophie Swindles

Ordinary Members - Lisa Auckland, Lauren Watson, Amy Stones, Julia Crawshaw and Chia Suan Chong

FODS Meetings 


Please look through the minutes of our most recent meeting, the Spring 2 meeting on March 25, 2019. You may also be interested in our Archived Documents page for more files associated with this and previous meetings.


Our next meeting will be our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 16 May 2019 at 7.00 PM at school. According to the PTA UK Constitution, we require a quorum of at least 18 additional parents, carers and staff to run an AGM, so if you can attend this meeting it would be most helpful. 


Refreshments are provided and new ideas are always welcome!  If you have any great ideas but are unable to attend the meeting please do pass them on to any of the committee members, or email


If you'd like to know what we'll be talking about at our next meeting, please visit the following documents, and contact us if you have any comments or questions.


Documents to be added closer to the date of the meeting.

How you can get involved


Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings which are held half termly to discuss the fundraising events for the following term. You can be involved as much or as little as you like; from volunteering to help at a stall for one of our successful Christmas or Summer Fairs, to organising a one-off event, or perhaps a social event for parents.


If you're unable to attend a meeting but would like to be involved, please talk to a committee member or email us at


If you've volunteered to help run a FODS project, then our handy Project How-To document will help you get started.



Our Project Leaders

FODS relies on a large number of generous parents, staff, carers and friends to help make our events possible. They donate time, funds, and expertise to help all sorts of projects succeed, for the benefit of the entire school. This section lists those people who are currently running FODS projects. If you see them, feel free to give them a pat on the back for all their hard work!


  • Carissa Davies & Natasha Limbert: Egg Decorating & Easter Bake Sale
  • Becky Laing / Lauren Watson: Garden / Outdoor Provision
  • Becky Laing: Recycling
  • Lisa Auckland: funding for FODS
  • Robert Walker, Helen Aconley and Beth Elsdon: Sponsored Raffle
  • Emma Fletcher: Summer Fair
  • Emma Fletcher: Sports Day Refreshments
  • Amy Stones: Summer Concert Refreshments


School Year 2019/20

  • Allyson Lister / Carissa Davies: Gingerbread men for new starters (September)
  • Ros Roberts: Tea and Coffee for New Parents (September)
  • Vaunda Powell: Christmas Cards (registration in January 2019)
  • Jo Gallagher-Kelly: Infants' Party (approximately February 2020, date TBD)
  • Will Hayler: KS2 Discos
  • Becky Laing: Secret Shopping
  • Emma Fletcher: Christmas Fair


Available Projects 

We are always happy to have help running a project. So, if you'd like to run or join a project, just contact us at, find us in the playground, or come to our meetings to find out more.


If you've volunteered to help run a FODS project, then our handy Project How-To document will help you get started.