Friends of The Downs

The Friends of the Downs School is an association of parents, staff, ex-students and friends of the school. All parents, carers and staff are automatically members of the Friends. By organising social events and fund raising schemes, we are able to help provide additional equipment to enhance the educational experience of the students at the Downs School. Consideration is given in choosing appropriate items that will benefit all students at the school.

The Friends of the Downs School is a registered charity (charity number 1110684). We have a management committee of both parents and staff, whose names are available on request. We also have a refreshment rota of volunteers who are prepared to help us with the various events we run. We always welcome new members to both our committee and refreshment rota.

The Friends of The Downs School works with the school on a number of fund raising activities, through events such as providing the refreshments for a variety of school events, such as the dance show, the Year 7 Spooky Disco, the school musical, and at all parents' evenings. We would like to thank all of the school staff who help us with these events.

In March we usually hold our annual quiz night, which is really well attended. Many thanks to our quiz master and his team, who pitch the questions exactly right and produce a great quiz for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Over the past couple of years we have donated money to a number of school causes. These include paying for the prizes awarded on Prize Giving Evening and a contribution towards the KS4 outdoor area. We have also agreed to pay for a school honours board and to buy four headsets (and associated accessories) for the back stage crew to use during the school’s many drama and music productions. We have recently bought the PE Department girls’ hockey kit - see photo below.

All of the money we make does go directly to supporting the school. Over the past few years we have donated money to items such as equipment for the Special Needs Department, PE equipment for the all-weather surface area and the stage lighting system to name but a few. We also regularly donate money to the annual Prize Giving Evening.

If you would like to find out more about our activities or feel that you can commit some time to helping us at our events, please contact us via the main school e-mail address. We look forward to seeing you.

Tracy Silverthorne,

Chair Of The Friends Of The Downs School

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