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, Upper Department)
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!
Judy Freeman – Secretary (Grandparent, Lower Department)
I have only been involved with FOS for a short while since my two grandchildren started Severndale.
As Secretary, I mostly deal with communication between FOS, school and outside agencies.
As part of the FOS Committee, I have made many wonderful, new friends who continue to support our family in many ways.
Amanda Coull ( Parent, Sixth Form)
Annie Taylor (Former-parent, Severndale at Mary Webb)
Alison Shingler (Parent, Mary Webb)
Brenda Moorcroft (Parent, Sixth Form)
Barbara Cave (Parent, Sixth Form)
Ella Baines (Parent, Middle Department and Governor)
Lyn Hough (Friend & Chair of Governors)
Francesca Cawood (Parent, Middle Department)
Sarah Cox (Friend)
Dawn Griffiths (Parent, Sixth Form)
Sarah Russell (Teacher)
Claire Jones (Teacher)
Victoria Iremonger (Teacher)
Ross Ashcroft (Senior Leadership Team 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s going on:
Thursday 28 February 2019
Thursday 21 March 2019
Venue: The Community Room, Tesco Extra (Cattle Market, Battlefield Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4HA) from 10-11.30am. Please sign in at Customer Services, turn left and head up to the Community Room in store.
The room is great – fully accessible with tea, coffee and plenty of seating. We usually have cake! Children welcome.
Join us for the spring ball on Saturday 30 March 2019 at Shrewsbury Golf Club.
Annual General Meeting
Our next AGM is on 4th June 2019 at 7pm, at Severndale Academy.
Dates for this year are as follows:
11th February 2019
11th March 2019
8th April 2019
13th May 2019
10th June 2019
8th July 2019
6.30pm at Severndale Academy.
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 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!