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Friends of Dringhouses School (Your PTA)

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 as of 10.2.21 is as follows:

Chair - vacant

Secretary - Mary-Kate Swiers

Treasurer - Claire Neal

Ordinary Members - Lisa Auckland, Emma Fletcher

FODS Meetings and Events - Lockdown Update


Please join us for the FODS AGM on 10 February 2021 at 7:30 PM on Zoom. Details are in the recent school newsletter, or email You can also read the agenda beforehand.


11.1.2020: The school has suspended all assemblies, music lessons and after-school clubs until further notice. In keeping with this decision, FODS will run a reduced schedule of events and meetings. We'll let you know once things change. Thanks very much!

FODS Calendar of Events


Please take a look at our Calendar of Events to give you an idea of all of the events happening this school year.

FODS Newsletters

A leaflet for the Autumn 2019 term has been created by FODS. You can download it or pick up a copy next at the office. It provides a summary of FODS' role in the school, information about fundraising activities, and how you can get involved.


In addition, during the school year 2018/19, FODS created a newsletter to update you on what we were up to. 

FODS Meetings 


Our next meeting will be in early May 2021, though the exact date is still to be determined.


Our most recent meeting was on Wednesday 10 February (7:30PM) on Zoom. This was the FODS AGM. The following details are available for the upcoming meeting on 10 February:


  • Minutes: The notes taken during the meeting
  • Agenda: The list of items that were discussed at the meeting.


Refreshments are provided (for in-person meetings) 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


You may also be interested in our Archived Documents page for more files associated with previous meetings and events.

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!


  • Becky Laing / Lauren Watson: Garden / Outdoor Provision
  • Carissa Davies / Becky Laing: Recycling
  • Carissa Davies: Egg Decorating - w/c 30 March
  • Joanna Stroud: Health and Wellbeing Night (3 April)
  • Allyson Lister: Sponsored Litter Pick (w/c 18 May)
  • Summer Fair: 19 June (Project Leader TBD)
  • Will Hayler: KS2 Discos - 25 June


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.