Who are the Friends?

The Friends has charitable status and raises money to fund specific school activities, projects, or items not affordable from the school budget.
Last year the Friends raised over £12,000 through a combination of donations and various events. This superb amount can be attributed to the hard work of our fund-raising event organisers and to the continued generosity of our parents and supporters, to whom we are extremely grateful.

Any parent/ guardian of a child attending Western Downland School is automatically a member of the Friends. Teachers, relatives or friends of the school can also be members.

How do we function?
We have a commitee of about 12 members who meet twice a term to arrange forthcoming events and discuss expenditure. All members are busy parents, but by sharing the work load we are able to run consistently successful events. Everyone's contribution, however small is always valued and encouraged. If you feel that you would like to become more involved in supporting the school through the work of the Friends, please contact our Chairperson: Vanessa Sherwood or through either of the school offices.

Recent Fundraising by the Friends funded this unique outdoor learning area, The Ludus, at The Rockbourne site.

Help raise money for your school - Bookmark this page and use the link below for all your Amazon purchases.
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Next meeting dates:

1st March@ The Compasses

Just to let you know we have decided to postpone this Friends meeting due to the weather. We will be in touch with a new date.

10th May @ The Churchill.

All meetings start at 7pm.        All Welcome!


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  • * Do you have any experience/knowledge of fundraising for/maintaining a school minibus - we'd love to hear from you.