Friends of Priory: News

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Friends of Priory Christmas Raffle

This year, once again, the Friends of Priory are organising a fantastic Christmas Raffle in order to raise vital funds for the school. Last year’s raffle raised an amazing £909.95 with all monies going directly to support the school. The draw will take place following the Christmas Celebration on Wednesday 18 December; this will include a range of seasonal refreshments available from 5.30pm and Christmas stalls as well. Tickets will be coming home with your child soon.

The Top prizes so far include a luxury Hamper and lots of tickets to local attractions and restaurants. There is an updated list  of prizes online here. If you or the business you work for would be able to provide a food item for the hamper or a raffle prize then please leave at reception addressed to Amanda Burgess, Community Liaison and Income Generation Manager.

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New Science Labs

This summer the school undertook the refurbishment of three of its science labs, so that the students returning in September are now able to use the brand new facilities, including equipment such as the mobile fume cupboard with docking stations which allows it to be used in different labs so that more students benefit.

None of this would have been possible without the support of Friends of Priory who donated £15,000, The Fonthill Foundation donated £3,000 and The Armourers and Brasiers Gauntlet Trust £1,000, as well as £3,000 being raised from the sale of the old furniture. 

The new labs were officially opened on Friday 18th October 2019. The pictures below show (left) Tony Smith receiving the money from Friends of Priory, represented by Jim Endersby (chair) and Liz Webb (secretary); and (right) Jim thanking Ceetah (CEO of the Fonthill Foundation) who provided Priory with £3,000 towards the mobile fume cupboard.


New Science Lab

Changes in the way in which the government allocates funding have resulted in Priory School facing increasing budget uncertainties and lower levels of funding per-pupil. For this reason, Friends of Priory and Headmaster Tony Smith invite you to consider helping to support the school by making a regular donation. Over the past five and a half years, we have raised an amazing £46,901.25 from monthly contributions to the school.

If we were to receive £2.50 a week (£10 per month) from each household we would raise £96,000 a year. These are large sums of money. Please help us make them real. Find out more about why your school needs you here.

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