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Friends of Dringhouses School (Your PTA)

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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. 

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:

Chair - Carissa Davies

Secretary - Allyson Lister

Treasurer - Julie Chilton

Ordinary Members - Lisa Auckland, Emma Fletcher

FODS Meetings 

Our next meeting will be our Autumn 2 Meeting on Monday 11 November at 3:30 PM.


Additional meetings this year have been confirmed with the school. Please note that meetings held directly after school will provide child care.

  • Thursday 23rd January (6:30 PM)
  • Monday 9th March (directly after school)
  • Wednesday 6th May (6:30 PM)
  • Monday 15th June (directly after school)


Documents relating to the next meeting will be added here closer to the time.


Our most recent meeting was the Autumn 1 Welcome Meeting on Wednesday 25 September at 6:30 PM. The details are available:


  • Minutes: The notes taken during the meeting
  • Agenda: The list of items that were discussed at the meeting.
  • Project Updates: This document contains short updates of all projects that were discussed at the meeting.


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


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!


  • Carissa Davies: Spooky Cake Sale - 25 October (after school)
  • Becky Laing / Lauren Watson: Garden / Outdoor Provision
  • Carissa Davies / Becky Laing: Recycling
  • Vaunda Powell: Christmas Cards (registration in January 2019)
  • Emma Fletcher: Christmas Fair
  • Becky Laing: Secret Shopping - 17 December
  • Jo Gallagher-Kelly: Infants' Party (approximately February 2020, date TBD)
  • Allyson Lister: Family Games Night (Cards, Board Games) - Spring 1 term, date TBD


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.