The Dry Drayton
School & Village Association
Dry Drayton School does not have a conventional Parent Teacher Association. It has something far better -
The School and Village Association!
The Dry Drayton School and Village Association has now been running for over 30 years. Regular meetings are held to discuss its activities, which are largely to coordinate, promote and provide funding for the school and village.
The Big Forest School Fund!
We are asking for donations to kick-start a new campaign to raise £8000 to build an
How can I donate?
Visit our Just Giving page to donate online!
It is also possible to donate via cheque:
Cheques, payable to The Dry Drayton School & Village Association, can be posted or dropped off with Roger Swain (Treasurer) at: 4 Bakers Field, Dry Drayton, Cambridge, CB23 8EG
If donating by cheque and you qualify for Gift Aid, please also complete this Gift Aid Form and include it with your cheque!
Forest School & Outdoor Classroom Details:
At the S&VA AGM in February, we discussed our plans to help the school realise its dream of building an outdoor classroom and developing the new Forest School area.
The school is fully committed to providing a Forest School experience for every one of its children. The school has already developed a designated Forest School area at the bottom of the school field and invested in Forest School training for staff.
What the school wants to do next is build a new outdoor classroom and develop the Forest School area. Without the support of the S&VA and the wider village, the school may not be able to achieve this.
‘Forest Schools’ are becoming more and more popular around the UK, as educators and parents recognise the importance of children learning in outdoor environments, and how time spent outside improves learning for all. Spending time outside activates forms of discovery and learning that are distinct from the typical classroom experience, engaging children in a range of diverse skills that transfer to all aspects of education and well-being! Taking children outdoors, out of the classroom, gives them a change of environment that has been shown to increase participation, improve focus, and foster engagement. In Forest School, children get to learn their basics - maths, reading and writing – in new ways: from den building engineering projects to nature-inspired poetry!
Committed to supporting the school in any way we can, the S&VA was looking forward to running an ambitious fund-raising campaign involving not just the school but also the whole village. The target was to raise £8,000 to pay for an outdoor classroom and to add to the Forest School area. Unfortunately, due to lockdown we have not been able to put into practice what we planned. Our support for these projects is therefore also at risk.
However, we feel strongly that these school projects deserve to succeed. At the end of June/beginning of July we would have been holding the various events associated with Feast Week 2020 in the usual way. Without these fund-raising events, we now need to raise the money in other ways, even during lockdown.
As soon as lockdown lifts sufficiently for fund-raising events to be held, we will hold them. In the meantime, we are launching Stage 1 of our campaign in which we are simply asking for one-off donations.
Any generous donation however large or small would be gratefully received. It would mean a lot to the school to be able to push on with these plans.
Visit our Just Giving page to donate today!
Dry Drayton School does not have a conventional Parent Teacher Association. It has something far better: The School and Village Association, a Registered Charity (No 268765), that is designed to support and serve both the village and local school.
The Dry Drayton School and Village Association has now been running for over 30 years. Regular meetings are held to discuss its activities, which are largely to coordinate, promote and provide funding for the school and village. In addition, the S&VA organises the monthly Village Newsletter and the Marquee Project.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current S&VA Committee:
Chair: Tim Russell
Treasurer: Roger Swain
Village Marquee Team & Bookings: Neil Harris
Village Newsletter Editor: Rachel Gardner
Village Newsletter Deputy Editor: Cinnamon Bair
Laurie Denyer Willis, Joe Dolan & Nev Fraser