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Friends of John Blow Primary School (FOJBS)

We are extremely proud of our Friends of John Blow!

They raise funds to buy items ranging from computer equipment  and play equipment to library books.

All parents are automatically members of Friends of John Blow and you are welcome to attend one of their regular meetings.

Current fundraising for the term


School Disco Thursday 10th February, more info to follow.
Easter Bunny Hunt-Week commencing 28th March, more information to follow.
Gusto community fund scheme 
Provide grants of up to £500 based on single nominations made by recent buyers of a new Gusto Home, and single nominations made by members of the Gusto team that helped to build these new homes. If you know anyone and would like to nominate the Friends of John Blow please follow the link or speak with a committee member who can help. 

Gusto Community Fund | Gusto Community Fund

How are grants made? The Gusto Community Fund grant-making scheme is reviewed annually and, for 2021, will provide grants of up to £500 based on single nominations made by recent buyers of a new Gusto Home, and single nominations made by members of the Gusto team that helped to build these new homes.








Fundraising event totals 2021/2022

History trail £102.01

Film Night £538.60

Gusto community fund scheme £1500

Santa visit £316







The Committee

Friends of John Blow School has been an integral part of the school community for many years. In its time we have raised thousands of pounds which has been spent on improving equipment and resources to enhance our children’s education and the facilities in school in general. It is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school.

2021/22 Committee

Donna Larkin (Chairperson) –Mum of J in Year 4 and O in Year 2

Claire Weeks (Vice-Chairperson) – Mum of H in Year 6

Megan Brook (Secretary) – Mum of F in Year 3

Mr Barnard (Treasurer) – Deputy Head and Teacher of Year 5

Mr B Carver (President)  - Head teacher

Hannah Allan – Mum of V in Year 4 and H in Year 3

Katya Brauer – Mum of M in Year 6

Louise Bilbie, Mum of K in Year 5 and J in Year 6

Toni Smith- Mum of E in Year4 and E in Foundation

Victoria Stones- Mum of S in Year 6 and D in year 2


We usually meet about once per half term, any parent is welcome at our meetings and we are particular keen to meet new parents. Meetings are advertised via the school newsletter and website and the FOJBS Facebook group (if you would like to join search ‘Friends of John Blow School’).


How we spend the funds we’ve raised

All decisions on what items are to be purchased from FOJBS funds are made during committee meetings.


Most of the lovely equipment in the playgrounds has been purchased by FOJBS. In the KS1 playground the rainbow house, train, car and cafe are extremely popular.  Also the wooden shelter in the KS2 playground which can be used by the children during breaks and for teaching smaller groups of children.

In past two years, with your help, we have raised vital funds for the school:


How can you help?

There are lots of ways you can help us, offering to help at events, or donations of items for sale, raffle prizes or a skill set you can offer – all these things determine the success of our fundraising activities, donations, however small, make a big difference to us.


If you’d like to join the committee but don’t feel you have the time – don’t worry. Most of our committee members work full-time and we spread the workload out, nobody is pressured into giving more time than they feel comfortable with.

How have we raised money

Family photo session                            

Christmas Fair             

Bake sales                                           

Film Nights                               

Ice Cream Sales

Collingham Yard Sale                           

80s/90s Disco                          

Car Wash with Collingham Fire Station  

Quiz Nights                                          

Family Fun Afternoon   

2020 school calendar                            

Christmas Cards                                              

Stalls at village events                          

Christmas Raffle

Beneficiary of Collingham Crawl and Canter


Thank you!

We would be unable to raise the funds for our school without the help of everyone who contributes, whether by giving their time, donations, attending the events we organise, buying raffle tickets or cakes, the list is endless – THANK YOU

Pupils enjoying learning on the Chromebooks

Quotes from pupils about the chrome books the Friends of John Blow helped purchase for the school.

Mia- 'They help me learn.'

Amber- 'They are fun.'

Max- 'The touch screen is good.'

Hugo- 'I think they're easy and quick to log on to.'

Florence- 'I like doing the Hive games with everyone on Spelling Shed.'