Friends of Severndale Academy, Severndale at Mary Webb and Futures

Friends of Severndale (FOS) is a group of mainly parents, but also staff, carers and friends of students at Severndale Specialist Academy, Severndale at Mary Webb and Futures.

We became a registered charity in 2003. Our main aim is to enhance the lives of our students and their families. Each term, we arrange inclusive events for families to socialise and have fun! We raise money to fund school projects and provide a platform to enable family members, carers and friends to connect in person and via social media. We aim to share ideas and listen to problems, improving resilience and strengthening bonds between families. We meet for monthly committee meetings and warmly welcome new members.

Who’s on the FOS Committee?

Jayne Parry – Chair (Staff)

I am a lead Teaching Assistant at Severndale Academy where I have worked for over 20 years.

I began my working career as a nurse but after initially volunteering at the school, I was pleased to take on a role as a TA there.

I’ve been a member of the FOS Committee for 19 years and enjoy the role, meeting parents and carers and fundraising to support the school.




Nick O’Leary – Treasurer and Vice Chair (Parent)

I am a parent of a boy in Upper School. My son has attended Severndale Academy since reception.  I have been a FOS committee member for 6 years. Prior to being recently elected as Treasurer, I held (and continue to hold) the role of  Vice-Chairman. I enjoy being an active member of my son’s school community, and hope to see more dads involved with FOS before too long!




Francesca Cawood – Secretary (Parent)

My daughter is in Middle School. I joined the FOS committee when she started Lower School.
I wanted to be involved with the school and do something “positive”. I didn’t know anyone else on the committee when I first went along, but I was warmly welcomed.

I have made some brilliant friends on the committee – some are parents of children a similar age to mine who are going through similar issues at the same time as me, and others are parents of older children who are a really useful insight into the issues to come. I love being part of the events we organise because the fundraising is so important if we want to continue to be able to fund treats for the children like the panto or Chester Zoo.


Committee Members

Jayne Parry – Chair
Nick O’Leary – Treasurer
Francesca Cawood – Secretary
Sarah Downes – SLT Link
Ella Baines
Amanda Coull
Sarah Cox
Judy Freeman
Dawn Griffiths
Victoria Iremonger
Claire Jones
Brenda Moorcroft
Verity Nettleton
Sarah Russell
Alison Shingler
Annie Taylor

Want to Get Involved?

Do you have a bit of time to spare? Do you want to help fund-raise to fund projects like the school mini bus; last year’s Chester Zoo trip; outdoor playground equipment; the annual Panto experience? These have all been funded by FOS.

We are looking for people to help organise and support our fundraising events to ensure that projects like those continue to go ahead. Whether you want to help plan and organise the events and be part of the committee, or are just able to help on the day of our events, please do get in touch. The more people can help, the better the events we can organise, and the more money we can raise to support projects to benefit your children. It’s as simple as that!

At the moment the committee is made up of a mixture of current school parents; former school parents; grandparents, and teaching staff so we are a varied bunch and we look forward to welcoming any newcomer. We meet once a month, usually at school, and we consider and vote on funding requests from the school. These can be as small as a particular range of books that a class teacher might request, or as large as contributory funding towards a new school mini bus.

Even if being on the committee isn’t for you, we ALWAYS need help on the day of our events – particularly the Summer and Christmas Fairs. We will gratefully take any offer of help to bake/sell cakes; flip burgers; sell raffle tickets; set up; tidy away… the committee simply can’t do it all without additional help.

Contact us through social media (see details below) or by email –

What’s going on:

Easter Afternoon Tea

The FoS Easter Afternoon tea will be taking place on Tuesday 31 March 2020, please see the link below:

Easter Afternoon Tea>

FoS Ceilidh

The FoS Ceilidh will be taking place on Saturday 25th April 2020, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at The Trinity Centre, Church Road, Meole Brace Shrewsbury SY3 9HF

FoS Charity Golf Day

Please be advised that Friends of Severndale 4th Charity Golf Day is to be held on Friday, 19th June 2020 at Shrewsbury Golf Club, more information to follow.

Annual General Meeting

Our next AGM is in June 2020 date TBC at 7pm, at Severndale Academy.

Committee Meetings

Dates for this year are as follows:

20th January 2020
10th February 2020
16th March 2020
20th April 2020
18th May 2020
13th July 2020

6.30pm at Severndale Academy.

Funded Projects

Over the last couple of years FOS has funded, for the benefit of the Academy children, Pantomime experiences, bikes, a sensory garden, playground equipment, a whole school trip to Chester Zoo and contributed to the cost of a mini bus.

FOS Playground Equipment>


FOS Newsletter Spring 2020>

FOS Newsletter Autumn 2019 >

FOS Newsletter Summer 2019 >

FOS Newsletter Spring 2019 >

FOS Newsletter Autumn 2018 >

FOS Newsletter Summer 2018 >

FOS Newsletter  2017 >

Find us

facebook       Friends of Severndale, Severndale and Mary Webb, and Futures – a closed group for parents and friends

facebook     Friends of Severndale  – a public group for promoting events

Twitter   @ FoSeverndale

FoS Spring Ceildh

It was all smiles at this year’s FOS family ceilidh earlier in March!

With special thanks to the Fiddlesticks band from Shropshire Music Service who provided the fantastic music and patiently corralled some of the guests into organised dance, whilst others just bust their own moves!

FoS Afternoon Tea Success at Futures

FOS organised a very fun and festive Afternoon Tea at Futures (part of Severndale sixth form on the London Road Shrewsbury College Campus)! Very impressed with the Severndalers who had helped to prepare our feast and to serve it, as part of their work-related learning. They’re open to the public from 9:00am-2.30pm Monday-Friday with a great café menu – highly recommended!