The Friends of St Paul’s (FOSP) primary focus is to raise funds to support St Paul’s C of E Primary, in order to benefit and enhance the quality of education and experiences of all pupils.

Everyone who has a child at St. Paul’s C of E is a Friend of St. Paul's and as many volunteers as possible are welcomed to support FOSP and the school in the following areas:

  • to help and support at FOSP events throughout the academic year
  • to attend FOSP meetings and contribute to ideas regarding how funds can be raised
  • to make suggestions and decisions on how the money is used to benefit school

FOSP organise a range of events throughout the year, which vary between fundraising efforts and social events for families and children to enjoy. Successful events over the last academic year have included the Sausage Sizzle BBQ; the Christmas Fair; discos; a sunflower growing challenge; an Easter cake sale; a quiz and curry night; a Holgate Hunt and the very popular Summer Fair.

The money FOSP raise goes a very long way in helping fund and benefit a variety of enrichment and curriculum activities; trips; treats; special events; awards and year 6 leavers gifts. FOSP have also raised money for a new reading shed in the playground, which has had such a positive impact on children needing any quiet or reflection time during break and lunch times. We have also worked with the school to raise money for the new nature area.

Follow the link for more information about what we have been doing FOSP Community Video 2021

Please search Friends of St. Paul’s School, York to join the FOSP Facebook group. The School Office keep parents regularly updated via email with the latest FOSP news, dates, venues and the agendas for the FOSP meetings. Everyone is welcome! Please do come along to the meetings or contact the following FOSP members via the School Office:

Charlotte Catton – Chair

Registered Charity No: 1111254

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Charlotte Catton – Chair of the Friend’s of St Paul’s

So just a little bit about me I have 3 children and 2 are currently at St Paul’s, both in Key Stage 2, my 3rd is at St Paul’s nursery and will be joining St Paul’s in 2021-2022.

I myself am a teacher and I work part time in a private school. I have been teaching at the same school for 12 years. This year I am job sharing a Year 4 class as well as teaching a day in Year 1.

This will be my 3rd year being a part of the committee for FOSP and my first year as Chair (so please bear with me).

In my spare time (ha, ha, ha I don’t have any spare time between working, 3 children, 2 dogs and FOSP) but if I do, I escape to see horses, having spent my entire life riding and still dreaming of owning one. I love holidays, my friends and prosecco.

Please feel free to grab me for a chat, in the playground, in the street in the park (possibly, occasionally in the pub) for all things FOSP. If you have any super ideas we would love to hear them.

Fiona Neale

I have two children at St Paul’s - Isaac and Georgie. I’ve been going to FOSP meetings for years but have just agreed to be Vice-Chair, having previously been chief raffle prize organiser.

I work 4 days a week for Natural England, managing a team of specialists who provide environmental advice to the government and do loads of interesting ecological research. I am a marine biologist and I am definitely happiest when we take our van to the coast and I can hang out in a rock pool or splash about in the sea.

When I’m not in scientist mode I have pretty varied interests, I love going to the cinema, art galleries, theatre, comedy, festivals, travelling, reading...and I definitely have an unhealthy addiction to coffee, donuts and desert island discs.
I’m always happy to chat about fundraising and FOSP events. It’s nice to have lots of volunteers so if there is ever something you fancy getting involved with just let us know.

Rachel Drutman – Treasurer

I'm mum to Abby and Heidi, Abby is currently in Year 1 at St Paul's and Heidi is at St Paul's nursery. I joined FOSP in June 2020 as treasurer. I have worked in payroll for many years and do love a spreadsheet.

I have been a full-time mum to the kids since late 2017 and have been doing some voluntary payroll work (processing pay for a small playgroup) for the last couple of years.

I enjoy working on my very poor attempts at DIY and seeing friends and family in my spare time.

Please feel free to talk to me about anything FOSP related, I might not have all the answers, but I can certainly find out more!

Lydia Dean – Co-Secretary

Where to start?! I’ve been on the FOSP committee for just over a year. Outside FOSP, I’m a qualified archivist and I work full-time in the archives at the University of York. I love getting to do historical detective work as well as helping people to carry out their own research. To balance out all the time I spend in rooms with no windows, I really like getting out and about for walks as well as into the garden (and dream of an allotment!).

Ashley and I have two children: Harriet, who’s in Class 2, and George, who’s 2.5 and will be starting at St Paul’s Nursery in January. Please do say hello and ask any questions and I’ll be happy to help!

Ashley Dean – Co-Secretary

I’m husband to co-secretary Lydia and dad to Harriet in Class 2 and George who will be starting at St Paul’s Nursery in January. I’m a lecturer in Broadcast Media at Leeds Beckett University and I occasionally make music videos and animations. I enjoy playing video games (Our Animal crossing island helped me keep sane during lockdown) but I’ve also discovered this year that I love running.

I’ve really enjoyed being part of FOSP and I’m excited for us to keep working on projects that will provide fun and useful experiences for our families. Please have a chat if you have any ideas you would like to work with us on, or anything you think FOSP can do to further help the school.