Friends of St Andrew’s
A role for parents at the heart of our community
All our parents are Friends of St Andrew’s. A group of parents and staff meet on a regular basis to form the Friends of St Andrew’s Committee. Parents on the Committee act as representatives for their respective year groups.
Liaison with parents, staff and the wider community
Friends Committee members act as a point of contact for the other parents in their year groups. In particular, they provide a warm welcome to parents who are new to the school. Committee members also liaise with staff, present and past pupils and local residents and businesses. They play an important role within the life of the school and within the local community.
"The Friends of St Andrew's made me so welcome when we joined the school. No question was too small for my form rep and the whole family suddenly had a new bunch of friends."
The Friends of St Andrew’s organise events throughout the school year. These range from social gatherings for parents and fun events for the children, to fundraising events benefiting either local charities or special projects designed to enhance the children’s education and all-round experience at the school.
Events arranged by The Friends include large annual events such as Bonfire Night, the school Advent Fair, Burns Night and the Summer Fair and BBQ, as well as smaller gatherings like quiz nights, race nights, and charity coffee mornings and cake sales. The Back to School Tea Party at the beginning of the Autumn Term is a great opportunity for new parents to mingle with those who have been at the school longer.
The year group representatives on the Friends Committee also arrange informal get-togethers from time to time for the parents in their year groups.
In addition to raising funds for local charities, the Friends raise money to assist with school projects. Recent examples include: refurbishing Piglet’s Pantry – where children can learn cookery skills as an after-school activity; purchasing new playground equipment and a climbing wall; and providing equipment for archery, which is now offered as a Saturday morning activity.