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.
FOS is looking for a new Treasurer
Previous experience would be great but not essential – two former treasurers remain on the committee so there will be plenty of support, if needed, for anyone who might be interested in the role.
We raise a large amount of money so have been able to support some quite big projects at school (we have funded the purchase of a new minibus; a whole-school trip to Chester Zoo, and several large, specialist playground equipment projects in recent years, for instance), so this is a really rewarding role for anyone able to lend us their skills. You don’t have to be a parent or a member of staff to volunteer – you just need to have a passion for enhancing the school experience for our special kids.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to express interest.
Jayne Parry – Chair
Nick O’Leary – Treasurer
Francesca Cawood – Secretary
Sarah Downes – SLT Link
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 – email@example.com
What’s going on:
Easter Afternoon Tea (To be rearranged)
FoS Ceilidh (To be rearranged)
FoS Charity Golf Day (To be rearranged)
Dates for this year are as follows:
Monday 13th July 2020 6.30pm via Zoom – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for link and more information.
Monday 14th September 2020 6.30pm – details tbc – please email email@example.com to be kept up to date.
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.
(May 2019) FOS were delighted to have fundraised £20,000 to contribute towards the cost of a new minibus, for taking students to forest school, swimming and other activities off-site, helping to make them feel more active members of the community.
Christmas Experiences for the Students
(December 2019) FOS funded a visit for some Severndale students to see Father Christmas at Love2Stay, and a visit to school from a panto company. Great fun had by all!
FOS Newsletter 2017 >
FoS Christmas Fair
Our Christmas Fair was a great success – a lovely, festive event and we raised over £2,000.
The FOS quiz this year brought out some fierce competition amongst our families, but in the end, Futuristic Cow took the trophy!
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!