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Friends of Victoria

Parentkind Member Association

Friends of Victoria is a registered charity which began as a Parent-Staff Association approximately 35 years ago.

It has gone on to raise thousands of pounds for vital equipment and resources for the school, from our first Adventure Playground, to hoists, communication aids, the Snoezelen room and complete makeovers for Soft Play and the hydrotherapy pool.

It is also concerned with welfare matters and has lobbied effectively for better post school provision.

Friends organises a Summer Fair each year in July and for the last four years a Santa Special just before Christmas.

Royal Wedding Celebration in 2011.

Recently we have begun to hold Car Boot Sales and these are becoming a popular community event. They are held on a Saturday morning in April and September.

On special occasions Friends runs activities and creche facilities to enable parents to attend.

Friends of Victoria support a wide range of other activities for pupils including 2011's Royal Wedding Celebration for the whole school. They supported a visit to Florida for a group of pupils in 2010 and are currently fundraising to help another group go in 2012.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Friends of Victoria received the Queens Award for Voluntary Services in June 2009. This is a very prestigious Award equivalent to an MBE for individuals. We are very honoured to have received the award.

Judith Gibbons, Chair of Friends, Jim Kane, the then Headteacher, and two long serving volunteers in the school, Matt Yates and Hazel Avon, visited a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2009 in recognition of receiving the award.

We now proudly display the Queens Award Logo on all Friends of Victoria stationary!

Friends Committee

Name Role
Caroline Lane President
Sadie Bolton Chair
(vacancy) Secretary
Clare Blackshaw Treasurer
Jean Clark
Mark Cottam
Sandra Kallitsakis
Debbie Leaver
Dot McDermott
Judy Newman
Lauren Orchard
Sylvia Smith
Pam Sole
Linda Woodhouse

Friends Events

Some other events organised by The Friends...