About Us

The Friends of Collett is our school’s Parent Teacher Association and Parent Voice Council.
We decided on ‘Friends of’ as it encompasses other family members and people in our community wishing to support the work of the school in improving opportunities for our pupils.

The Friends of Collett is a registered charity (1157000) with three focuses:

PTA (Parent Teacher Association known as The Friends of Collett)

  • To ensure all parents, carers and friends feel welcome as part of The Collett School
  • Annual events with an emphasis on everyone being able to attend and enjoy an event rather than fundraising so as to be more inclusive.
  • Supporting other school events i.e refreshments for school plays, parents’ evenings and sports day.

  • PVC (Parent Voice Council)
  • Many parents would like to have more of a say in school decision-making but are not sure about the best way to make their voice heard. After all, most of the decisions made by schools affect parents one way or another and so it is only right that they should be able to contribute their views. This should develop a positive partnership between home and school and that this ultimately benefits the children.
  • A parent representative is someone who is nominated/volunteers to liaise between parents and the class teacher or tutor. Representatives can be approached by parents if they have an issue that they would like relayed to the school. On the other hand, teachers may use the class parent representatives as a quick and informal way to reach all parents of children in their class.

  • Fundraising and Engagement
  • 93% of our school budget from the Local Authority needs to be spent on the higher staff ratios required to support our children with complex learning disabilities make progress. Money, professional trades and support in kind through fundraising enables us to improve our facilities and resources; filling gaps and creating new opportunities . Our work with companies has supported our children in school and, through the valuable opportunities of work experience and employment upon transitioning to adulthood.
  • There is a dedicated team at the school supported by FoC. This team operates across all three schools of the association:
  • o Gillian Lawton - Head of Engagement & Fundraising (Full time)
    o Harry Crawford - Communications & Engagement Officer (1 day a week dedicated to Fundraising)
    o Jan Maddern - Fundraiser (2 days a week)
    o Davanna McQueen - Fundraiser (1 day a week)

    Fundraising takes many forms. This is not an exhaustive list!
  • Relationships with local and national companies
  • Applications to grants and funds
  • Events such as fire walks, skydives, auctions and charity dinner dances
  • Becoming the Charity of the Year for organisations

  • Parents and carers are encouraged to attend Whole School assemblies on Friday mornings (and particularly those where their children are undertaking activities/ providing the assembly).

    All parents/carers are welcome to the coffee mornings after Friday assemblies once a month.

    The Friends of Collett Charity Information

    Charity Number: Friends of Collett 1157000

    Joint-Chair - Jen Sewell
    Joint-Chair - Helen Land
    Vice Chair - Gillian Lawton

    Trustee- Claire Chard
    Trustee- TBA
    Trustee- Gillian Lawton

    Secretary - Caroline Manson
    Vice Secretary - Harry Crawford
    Treasurer - Rachael Lampey
    Committee Members - Kasia Fejcher-Akhtar, Jane Sharpling-Smith

    PTA and PVC Members

    Robins - Helen Land (Parent/Carer), Eszter Ellis (Parent/Carer), Tracey Trainor (Teaching Assistant), Emma Graham (Teacher)
    Wrens - Helen Hopkins (P/C), Davanna McQueen (P/C)
    Rooks - Stacey Fry (P/C)
    Ravens - Tracey Anderton (P/C)
    Linden - TBA
    Elder - TBA
    Mahogany - Susie Lines (P/C)
    Acacia - Jen Sewell (TA), Kerry Sager (P/C), Darren Beale (P/C)
    Sandalwood - Tammy Knight (P/C)
    Rosewood - TBA
    Redwood - TBA

    For more information about charity trustees, please click on this link which provides Government advice.

    Coffee Cake and Catch Up

    Be sure not to miss out on our Friday Coffee Cake and Catch Up Mornings, which are hosted at our school once a month, starting at 9.30am after assembly. Parents/Carers and relatives are all welcome!

    Sports & Celebration Day

    Our school sports day with a twist - PTA members will be organising a great day out for all the family here at Collett!

    Ice lollies, tombolas and a garden party theme - it's going to be loads of fun!

    The event will take place on Friday 13th July.

    School Play

    Our summer production of Peter Pan will be supported by PTA members.

    During both the 1pm and 7pm performances, the PTA will provide water and host a raffle.

    The event will take place on Friday 20th July.

    Transition Morning for Current & New Pupils

    A perfect chance for the PTA to get to know Collett families old and new!

    The morning will see pupils join their classes for the 2018/19 academic year whilst parents/carers network and listen to talks from senior staff.

    The event takes place on Monday 23rd July.

    Upcoming Fundraising Events - Shendish Manor Charity Dinner Dance

    For the past four years, we have packed Shendish Manor for a fundraising bash with Champagne reception, top food and live music.

    Our next event will take place on Saturday 24th November. Tickets are priced at £59 each. If you would like tickets or to donate a prize, please contact The Collett School on 01442 398988 and get your best frock and clobber ready!
    PTA Events 2018/19
    28th September
    Silent Disco
    26th October
    Halloween Activities Afternoon
    24th November
    Dinner Dance & Auction, Shendish Manor
    1st December
    School Christmas Fair