For forthcoming events, including committee meetings, please see the Calendar of Events.

Summer Social 2024

Come along to the school field for and evening (hopefully bathed in sunshine) of food, drinks and tunes. A chance to meet or catch up with other parents and carers and their offspring and a great opportunity for the September Year 7s to get familiar with the school surroundings.

Friday 12 July, 6-8.30pm. £2 for adults (includes a voucher for a drink at the bar), children go free. Tickets: https://go.rallyup.com/summersocial24/

No unaccompanied children, please – parents are responsible for their children at all times. 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Friends of Priory was pleased to provide funds for staff training to enable the current Year 10s to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. As well as volunteering and learning new skills, the 42-strong group have completed two overnight expeditions in Sussex, accompanied by teachers and external company Bright Expeditions. DofE offers great opportunities for young people, boosting confidence and encouraging problem solving and teamwork and we hope to continue to support the scheme at Priory for future year groups.

Mix Tape Club Night

The popular Mix Tape club nights, held as a joint fundraiser with Wallands school since last year, returned for a third outing at The Con Club with more music to dance to: rave, funk, house, jungle, hip-hop, ska and more. The Mix Tape events have raised nearly £1000 for the school so far.

Edward Reeves Photography Talk

We welcomed back Tom Reeves from Edward Reeves – the world's longest-established photographic studio – back to Priory School to give a talk at one of our favourite events of the year. Featuring newly researched material from the archives, it was a fascinating evening exploring the history of the people and places of Lewes that was enjoyed by a packed hall and raised over £500.

New LED Lighting Equipment

One of the Friends of Priory's most recent purchases for the school was an LED lighting rig to enhance the children's learning experiences in Drama and Dance. The new system was put through its paces for the fabulous school production, Alice, in March.

New Basketball Hoops

Fundraising for sports equipment is an important part of Friends of Priory's work. This year, your generous donations have paid for new permanent basketball hoops on the school courts that are already getting a lot of use.

Symposium Wine Tasting

The lecture theatre played host to Robert Poole of local vintners Symposium Wine Emporium for an evening of wine tasting. The group of parents, carers and friends tasted eight unusual wines, starting with a French Cremant and travelling further afield to take in bottles from Italy, Lebanon, Australia and more, accompanied by cheese and olives. This fun (and educational) evening raised about £400 for the school - not bad for Friday night drinks.

New Autism Facility – Outdoor Space

New Autism Facility Outdoor Space

Friends of Priory have helped to fund this new space, thank to your generous support of the Xmas raffle and all other fundraising activities. The facility is now finished and ready for the young people to enjoy.

'Many, many thanks to everyone involved in supporting us in creating our outside space. It is secure, private and provides our students with a much needed sensory outlet. We are currently using the space in order to offer an outside sensory circuit , a private space for PE lessons and a safe environment for break and lunchtime. 

Teresa Russell – Autism Lead Teacher

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. 

 

New Science Lab
Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants

We are delighted to let you know that following the Tesco Community Grant vote in our local Tesco stores, our project came First and has been chosen by Tesco Customers to receive a grant award of £1,500.00!  The grant will be used to support those students who are financially disadvantaged to buy their dt practical food ingredients.

Voting was held at Tesco stores between Saturday 1st January and Thursday 31st March and proved to be very successful with millions of votes being cast by Tesco Customers across the UK.

Priory Christmas Market

The second Priory Artists & Makers Christmas Market was another huge success with students, teachers, parents and friends of the school all selling their wares in the canteen on the evening of the Christmas concert. The mulled wine and mince pies went down a storm and the raffle, with over 50 prizes generously donated by local businesses, raised £1000 for the school.

clothes on hangers

Save the Date: Christmas Market

Christmas Fair

After the success of last year's Christmas Fair, we will be hosting the 2023 Christmas Fair and Craft Market with seasonal refreshments. Mark your calendars:

Wednesday 13th December, 4:30 to 7:30pm at Priory School.

More details will follow. 

The Great Summer Social 2023!

Buy Early Bird Tickets and support the school.

  • We've got the burgers (omni & plant-based)
  • We've got the sausages (omni & plant-based)
  • We've got the beers
  • We've got the soft drinks
  • We've got the cocktails (cocktails? yes!)

All we need is you - and your kids. Come and meet fellow Priory parents and their offspring, and support the school. No unaccompanied children please. Parents please take responsibility for your children at all times.

Tony, Jim and Liz
Tony Smith (left) receiving money from Friends of Priory chair (Jim Endersby) and secretary (Liz Webb)

Committed to Giving

Over the past 7.5 years, we have raised an amazing £68,000 from monthly
contributions to the school since we launched this Committed to Giving campaign. If you would like to know more, please download the latest letter from Priory's headteacher, Tony Smith, which explains how you can join in.

Want to get involved? Find details of future committee meetings on the events calendar.