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
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
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.
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 email@example.com
Friends of Pocklington School - FOPS
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 Leanne Maycock via email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help or would like to join us. All members will be very warmly welcomed.
During the 2016-17 academic year, FOPS donated over £5000 to Pocklington School projects, which has been used to support the following:
Sixth Form – Young Enterprise Scheme start-up costs
Girls’ Sport – 100 water bottles
Musical Theatre Group – 4 head radio microphones, first used in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
Art and Design Technology Centre – printing press and digital display screen
Pastoral Care – Mindfulness Project
Swing Band Tour & Namibia Expedition 2017 – a donation towards the cost of uniform.
Members of the Friends of Pocklington School (FOPS) Committee present the new printing press to Dan Cimmermann, Head of Art. Back row l to r: Natasha Birch, Chair of FOPS Committee, Clare Swann, Art Teacher and Head of Pupil Welfare, with FOPS committee members Annie Harrison, Lesley Ann Walsh and Leanne Maycock
Party at Pock 2016 Flickr album
Our two chosen charities for 2015-16 (Teenage Cancer Trust and York Special Care Baby Unit Support Group) each received a donation of £600, following the charity fundraising event Party@Pock 2016.
Laura Burley, FOPS Secretary (left) and Natasha Birch, FOPS Chair (right) present a cheque to Heather Bowen, Teenage Cancer Trust representative
The support from the Pocklington School community has been fantastic and we are looking forward to continuing this very valuable work in the future and have lots of fun in the process!
At the AGM held on Monday 9 October 2017, the following committee members were elected into the committee roles:
Chairman: Natasha Birch
Vice-Chairman: Primrose Barnes
Treasurer: Suzie Brown
Secretary: Laura Burley
School Staff Liaison : Leanne Maycock
If you are interested in joining the committee as a member or would like more information about the elected roles listed above, please email Natasha Birch (Chair), or Leanne Maycock (FOPS Staff Liaison).
The Constitution of Friends of Pocklington can be downloaded here:
Friends of Pocklington School Constitution