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  • Find information on our PTA, Friends of Collett
  • Dates for our Coffee Mornings
  • Upcoming Fundraising & PTA Events
  • A list of all our Events throughout the academic year
  • And current Fundraising Projects.

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.

Download our Welcome Flyer below:

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 Rhea Dickman - Fundraiser (3 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

Co Chair - Helen Land & Davanna McQueen
Vice Chair - Gillian Lawton

Secretary - Caroline Manson
Vice Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer - Rachael Lampey
Health & Safety Officer - Vacant
Committee Members - Stacey Fry, Rhea Dickman

PTA and PVC Members (including Class Reps)

Bobcats -
Leopards - Poppy Choudhry
Panthers - Helen Land
Palm - Stacey Fry
Bay - Vacant
Alder - Dael Grace
Teak - Lee Marland, Helen Allan
Boudica - Vacant
Darwin - Vacant
Churchill - Sue Fitzsimons, Dael Grace
Mandela – Vacant

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Our PTA Constitution can be found below:

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!

Upcoming PTA Events - Halloween Activities

Our annual Halloween Activities event always goes down a treat with our pupils!

The PTA will help to organise and run this fantastic event, due to take place in 24th October. Details TBC.

Upcoming Fundraising Events - Online Auction

This year, our Online Auction will split all funds raised between both schools in our federation!

Our generous supporters donate a fantastic range of items to be auctioned off on our very own auction website, which you can visit by clicking here. We receive everything from bungee jump experiences to restaurant meal vouchers - there's something for everyone, and just in time for Christmas!

Get bidding when the auction opens on Friday 8th November.

Upcoming Fundraising Events - Charity Dinner Dance

Our next dinner dance event will take place in 16th November 2019 at Shendish Manor! Ticket prices TBC. If you would like tickets, a table or would like to donate an auction prize, please contact The Collett School on 01442 398988 or email gillian.lawton@collett.herts.sch.uk

Take a look at previous events in the photo to the right!

Upcoming PTA Events - Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre is one of the biggest events of the year for our pupils - a chance for them to run stalls and show off their school to their families.

Lots of hot drinks, hot food, fun activities and, of course, Father Christmas himself - it's guaranteed to be a magical day!

Our PTA help to organise and run this event, which will take place on Saturday 7th December.

Upcoming PTA Events - School Nativity

Our Lower School always put on a wonderful School Nativity!

The PTA will provide refreshments for the event which takes place on in December. Details TBC.

Upcoming Fundraising Events - Carol Singing

Our brilliant school choir will be touring Dacorum in December to showcase their beautiful singing and spread awareness about our school! They will finish at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead. Details TBC.

Upcoming PTA Events - Christmas Disco

Our Christmas Disco is set to raise the roof! Our new silent disco equipment is going to be a hit with our pupils and staff. The PTA will help to organise, decorate and provide refreshments.

This event will take place in December. Details TBC.

Upcoming Fundraising Event - Inflatable 5k Run

Run for our school and raise money for all our pupils!

Held at the County Showgrounds near St Albans, the Inflatable 5k Run promises to be a fantastic event. In 2019, our runners had a great time!

More details TBA.
Events 2019/20
28th September
Quiz Night
24th October
Halloween Activities
1st November
Online Auction
16th November
Dinner Dance @ Shendish Manor
7th December
Christmas Fayre
December (TBC)
School Nativity
December (TBC)
Carol Singing
December (TBC)
Christmas Disco
May (TBC)
Barn Dance
June (TBC)
Inflatable 5k Run

Fundraising Projects

The following list details the projects that the fundraising team are currently working on for The Collett School as of September 2018.

Toilets & Shower Rooms
To ensure safeguarding is paramount and ensure high standards in hygiene are able to be met for our increasingly complex young people.
Estimated cost: £100,000

Upper School Playground
As our school has more complex needs, the playground requires equipment for play and safety improvements (i.e fencing, resurfacing etc.).
Estimated cost: £150,000

Working to develop high quality IT for delivery of teaching and to ensure pupils have access to relevant modern equipment, work-related learning equipment and can access examinations/qualifications effectively (i.e. new laptops, new server etc.).
Estimated cost: £85,000

Safeguarding Technology
Keeping adults and children safe requiring equipment and resources to make this possible (i.e. walkie-talkies for every classroom etc.).
Estimated cost: £20,000

Current lighting is expensive to run as well as the flickering of tube and tungsten bulbs being a significant distraction for many people with ASD.
Estimated cost: £35,000

Access From Road to School Premises
Currently, taxi transport uses the school’s playground for drop-off and pick-up. Creating access from the road with a waiting lane (current pavement used for sporadic car parking) will enable clear system, less congestion and better safety, whilst regaining playground for intended purpose.
Estimated cost: £80,000

Building School Classrooms
Removal of the rotting portacabins to create bespoke classrooms for pupils and their increasingly complex needs will require more SLD type facilities and accessibility and resources (including a medical station).
Estimted cost: £200,000

Blue Room – Sensory Collaboration with Newcastle University and NHS
Creation of Blue Room ASD sensory building.
Estimated cost: £150,000

Carpet Replacement
Replace with vinyl wood effect (antibacterial and cleanable).
Estimated cost: £30,000

IT and new books.
Estimated cost: £11,000

Renovating Corridors
Estimated cost: £24,000