Padfield Community

Primary School

Friends of Padfield School (FOPS)

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Welcome to Padfield School!


We hope your experience here will be a happy and exciting one for both you and your child.

Here at Padfield School the Parent Teacher Association is known as Friends of Padfield School (FOPS).


What does FOPS do?

The main role of FOPS is to organize school fundraising events and activities for the children and their families.  For example, Summer & Christmas Fairs, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day secrets rooms, Easter Tombola, Discos & Sponsored Walks to name but a few.


How can you get involved?

FOPS is a voluntary charitable organization run by parents and teachers. If you can spare an hour or two and are interested in supporting the school then please feel free to come and join in, whether its mums, dads, grandparents or families of former pupils.  You can attend any of the meetings. There are around four a year and they last roughly an hour. You can get involved as much or as little as you like, helping with events, baking, or by providing new ideas for fundraising.

What does FOPS spend the money we raise on?

FOPS use the money raised to buy things that are additional to the school budget. For example:


·        School leaver’s books

·        My Maths

·        Computer equipment

·        Development of the infants outdoor play area.

·        Leavers trip

·        Ipads

·       Defibrillator

·       Theatre Trips

We also raise money for charities.


What are FOPS saving for?

FOPS are currently raising money to go towards various projects, which are:


·        Ongoing replacement of school laptops and iPads for the children.

·        Furniture for early years.

·        New playground equipment.


The FOPS Committee 2017


The fundraising activities FOPS organizes are coordinated by a committee. There are currently 5 named posts on the committee.   In addition to that there are a number of other committee members.


The committee is appointed each autumn term at the AGM.  The current post holders are:


Chair                        Caroline Worden (Mum of Faith in Y5 and Laura in Y3)

Vice Chair                 Nicola Farnsworth (Mum of Reece in Y4 and Max in Y2)

Secretary                  Abi Shaw (Mum of Ollie in Reception)

Treasurer                  Sue Ballington (Mum of Zara in Y5 and Millie in Y2)

Letter writer              Marie Evans (Mum of Martha Y6, Ava Y3 and Ned Y1)


How does FOPS keep in touch with you?


There are a number of ways we keep in touch.  The main way is through letters that come home in your child’s book bag that are printed on PINK paper.  There is also a FOPS notice board on the outside wall of the hall near the school gates.  You can also access FOPS letters and information via the school website: and reminders are posted on the ‘Padfield Community Primary School’ Facebook page.


FOPS Fundraising



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