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Friends of the Downs School FODS

The FODS is an association of parents, staff, students, ex-students and friends of the School. By organising social events and fund raising schemes, the Association is able to help provide additional equipment to enhance both the educational and the School environment. Consideration is given in choosing appropriate items that will benefit all students of the school.

FODS is a registered Charity. Our official name is "Friends of the Downs Berkshire", charity number 1110684, and we have a board of trustees and a management committee whose names are available via the school office. We actively seek new members and will welcome any staff or parents wishing to join the committee. All students, parents and staff are automatically members of the FODS.


The Friends of The Downs School have had a busy few months of fund-raising. This has mainly been through providing the refreshments for a variety of school events, such as the dance show, the Year 7 Spooky Disco, the school musical, and at all parents' evenings. We would like to thank all of the school staff who helped us with these events.

In March we hold our annual quiz night, which is really well attended. Many thanks to our quiz master and his team, who pitch the questions exactly right and produce a great quiz for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Over the past couple of terms we have donated money to a number of school causes. These include paying for the prizes awarded on Prize Giving Evening and a contribution towards the KS4 outdoor area. We have also agreed to pay for a school honours board and to buy four headsets (and associated accessories) for the back stage crew to use during the school’s many drama and music productions. We have recently bought the PE Department girls’ hockey kit - see photo below.

Thank you to all of you who have supported our events this year. All of the money we make does go directly to supporting the school. Over the past few years we have donated money to items such as equipment for the Special Needs Department, PE equipment for the all-weather surface area and the stage lighting system to name but a few. We also regularly donate money to the annual Prize Giving Evening. Your support, whether through attending events or joining ‘The 100 Club’ directly contributes to this.

If you would like to find out more about our activities or feel that you can commit some time to helping us at our events, you can contact us via the main school e-mail address. We look forward to seeing you.

Tracy Silverthorne, Chair Of The Friends Of The Downs School

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