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    Parents Association - FOPPS & FOPS

    Both Pocklington Prep School and Pocklington School have their own Parents Associations with seperate committees and constitutions but with broadly the same aim: to support each school by organising social events and fundraising activities which support the individual school and external charities.

    Events organised by the Friends provide opportunites for parents to meet and get to know each other and other members of the school community.  Parents, guardians, parents of former pupils, grandparents, members of staff, Governors and other people associated with the school are all welcome at any of our fundraisning or social events.

    Friends of Pocklington Prep School - FOPPS

    Our Role

    The Friends of Pocklington Prep School is the school’s parents committee, it is more than just a PTA.

    We support the school by organising a number of social events for both parents and children, and carry out fundraising events throughout the school year.


    Chair: Antonia Cowling
    Secretary: Janette Campbell and Jules Rook
    Treasurer: Karen Spruyt
    Committee Members: Becky Marson
    School Representative: Sarah Cobb

    What we do

    In previous years The Friends have supported the school Christmas Fair, Sports Day, Teddy Bears Picnic and have organised school discos for the children and various social events for parents.

    As a result of the fantastic support and participation of the parents, the fundraising by The Friends has recently provided the school with a climbing wall, piano, sports and playground equipment and a bronze.

    Get Involved

    Joining The Friends gives you the unique opportunity to meet other parents and guardians throughout the school. It is also a network of support.

    There are many ways you can get involved, by attending events, coming to the meetings or just giving an extra hand when able.

    For more information, and to get involved, contact us at

    Friends of Pocklington School - FOPS  Friends of Pocklington School logo, written in blue writing below the gold wheat sheaf school emblem

    The Friends of Pocklington School (FOPS) committee is a group of current parents. Our aim is to bring together all the members of our school community, and in the process raise money to support our School, particularly student projects and on occasion, external charities. All parents are members of the Friends Association and as such, are very welcome to join the committee. All our events are open to all Association members and their friends.

    We are always looking for new people to join the committee, to bring fresh ideas or to simply be an extra pair of hands to help with event organising, but understand the pressures of work and family life may prevent members from joining the committee.  However, you can still support us: be it a raffle prize, an offer of free printing for event menus or programmes, advice on marketing an event or simply by coming along to an event with your friends. Please contact Annie Harrison via email: if you can help or would like to join us. All members will be very warmly welcomed.

    During the 2017-18 academic year, FOPS raised over £2400.  This money has been used to support the following School projects:

    Equipment for the Lower School Gardening Club - planting beds, materials and equipment to take part in the Burnby Hall School Gardens' Display

    Five programmable robot buggies to be used in Computing Club and lessons

    A Lectern for the English Department which will be used by the Debating Society and at other School events

    Resistance bands for use in Strength and Conditioning training, circuit training and PE lessons.

    Pupils from the Pocklington School Gardening Club stand in Burnby Hall Gardens next to thier minature garden created with materials funded by Friends of Pocklington SchoolMembers of the Lower School Gardening Club present their garden design at the Burnby Hall School Gardens' Display.

    Three Pocklington School girls from Coding Club using programmable robot buggies funded by Friends of Pocklington SchoolPupils enjoy using the programmable robot buggies during the lunchtime Computing Club

    Party at Pock 2016 Flickr album

    2018-2019 Committee

    Acting Chairman: Emma Colbeck
    ActingVice-Chairman: Joy Evison
    Acting Treasurer: Susie Brown
    Secretary: Laura Burley
    School Staff Liaison : Leanne Maycock

    The Friends of Pocklington School Constitution can be downloaded here:

    Friends of Pocklington School Constitution

    The Friends of Pocklington School Christmas Ball Saturday 8 December 2018

    Friends of Pocklington School Christmas BallFriends of Pocklington School (FOPS) came together for an evening of fun, friendship and fundraising at the annual Pocklington School Ball, held at The Principal York.

    Guests enjoyed a glass of prosecco, before entering the room for dinner, which had been turned into a beautiful winter wonderland.

    Annie Harrison, Chair of FOPS Committee, began proceedings by presenting the finder of the hidden ‘golden star’ with a Pocklington School teddy bear and a magnum ofprosecco. A fun game of ‘heads and tails’ followed before Annie gave a short speech, thanking guests and sponsors for their support of the event.  She closed by raising a toast to leaving Headmaster, Mark Ronan, and his wife Fiona and wished them well for their future in Ireland.

    Friends of Pocklington School Christmas BallAfter a sumptuous meal, the raffle was drawn, prizes were won and then it was time to hit the dance floor with music provided by a live DJ, whose job had been made very easy! Guests had been given the opportunity to ‘Choose their jam’ in return for a small donation so the dance floor rocked from the beginning to end, as guests jived to their favourite party tunes.

    Annie Harrison, Chair of FOPS said: “We had a wonderful evening of laughter, dancing and fundraising. The atmosphere and sheer joy of the evening led to generosity from all our guests and I’m sure the warm glow of giving was enhanced by the dancing!

    She continued: “The final total is yet to be confirmed but the raffle and music requests have raised in excess of £1000 which is due to the support of our School community, friends and the kind and generous donation of raffle prizes. Many thanks to all who came to support us on the night, our kind sponsors and the FOPS Committee for all their hard work!”



    The FOPS Big Breakfast!

    Pocklington School pupils, parents and staff eating breakfast at the FOPS Big Breakfast in the school dining hall


    In March 2019, the inaugural FOPS 'Big Breakfast was held in the school dining hall.  To launch the event, First Year puils, parents and guardians were invited to come and try the magnificent school breakfast on a Saturday morning.  Families were joined by members of the FOPS committee, the Headmaster Toby Seth, Miss Cheadle (Head of Lower School) and the Lower School Housemasters/mistresses.  The occasion provided a great opportunity for fellow families to meet each other and get to know the Lower School staff in a friendly and  informal environment.

    The event was a great success with over forty guests enjoying the fruits of the breakfast bar.  What a great way to start a Saturday! 

    Following on from this event, Fifth Year and Upper Sixth pupils and parents were invited to a Big Breakfast in May, before they went on study leave prior to external examinations. The next Big Breakfast is due to be held in June, inviting Second Year families.  The aim is to invite a different year group each half term, so keep a look out for an email invitation!