Recent Spending Projects

    What do we spend the money on that we raise every year?

    We are a small but hard working committee of about 16 people all with connections to The Howard of Effingham School.  We plan events to raise essential funds for ongoing and one-off projects. Our recent school survey in 2016 revealed the areas which were most important to you, the parents.

    The number one priority was that we continued to support the costs of the school minibuses which are actively used on a weekly basis to transport students to sporting fixtures and other local social events.  There has been an immediate requirement to meet this commitment as one of the minibuses has ended the current contract and the vehicle is too old to continue in the current state.  We have committed to the school to continue funding a new school minibus for 2017 onwards with a monthly commitment from the Friends of £425.

    We are grateful to the following local businesses for their generous donations-

    The Burford Bridge Hotel, Conisbees Butchers (East Horsley), Costa (Cobham),The Queens Head (Clandon), Dobbe’s Nursery, Nuffield Health & Fitness, The Drift Golf Club, Donner Optometrists, NT Hatchlands Park, Squires Garden Centre, Fine Fettle, Aaronson Glass, Gifts & Gadgets, Ye Olde Windsor Castle (Bookham), Casselden’s Shoes, Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes, Loseley Park, Cedar Nursery, The Black Swan (Ockham), GLive, Groom Royale, Walking Paws, DB Designs, Maidenhead Aquatics, Pamela Rhatigan, Effingham Golf Club, Rocket Catering, The Drift Golf Club, Ranmore Wines, Silent Pool Distillers, Ken Davey Butchers, Laytons Greengrocers, RP & M Lindsey Ltd, Granary Crafts, RHS Wisley, Busy Happy People, Studio 65 Photography, Finefettle Multi-healthcare, Dorking Halls, Roxley Models, White Spider Urban Climbing

    Please remember to support the above businesses directly or by recommending them to others for their continued support to our school.

    Recent Purchases

    The Friends are very active in gathering feedback from the school and parents about how best to spend the funds we all raise. In recent years we have purchased and funded very much needed equipment and resources for the school -

    School Minibus Lease £5,100 (annually) - The Friends have currently raised money to fund the minibus lease for the next 2 years and have ring-fenced this money to meet the £425 monthly commitment. It is hoped, with continued support, that we will be able to fund the new minibus in future years.

    5 Plasma TVs £1,500 - Reception, Dining Hall, Cyber Cafe

    1 Laser Cutter £10,000 - D&T

    6 Sewing Machines £1,750 - D&T

    Lighting Tower for school performances £1,500 - Main Hall

    Mini-Macs £3,400 - Music Department (currently in action)

    Sports Equipment £2,800 - PE Department (football goals, balls, badminton equipment, storage etc)

    DNA Kits & Microscopes - Science Department

    Science Museum Show - Science Department

    Set of Classroom iPads £4,320 - Whole School

    Football / Table Tennis Tables £3,000 - School Playground


    Funds Raised 2019

    Quiz Night - £2,000

    School Uniform Sales - tbc

    Minibus Prize Draw - tbc

    Easyfundraising - £1,170 (to date)

    Funds Raised 2018

    Quiz Night - £3,000

    HowardFest18 - £3,500

    iPad Prize Draw - £4,320

    Dinner Dance - £1,515

    Winter Shopping Evening - £1,647

    School Uniform Sales - £ tbc

    Other - £ tbc

    Funds Raised 2017

    Quiz Night £2,800

    The Friends had their first event of the year in March at the Quiz Night which took place at the school.  Thank you to all who supported The Howard of Effingham and raised £2,800 on the evening.

    HowardFest17 £3,400

    The first ever HowardFest was held at the school in June and was supported by both school and local bands and the whole community. Funds will be used to purchase mini-macs for the music department.

    London to Brighton Bike Ride £950

    Four superstar dads once again took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in September and did a marvellous job raising funds for the Friends.

    Dinner Dance £2,800

    The Dinner Dance Team successfully raised £2,800 for the PE Department at the ever popular annual Dinner Dance which was held at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, in October.

    Winter Shopping Evening £3,700

    We are grateful to the WSE Team who stepped up very last minute to make a great success of this annual event and ensuring the Friends ended the year on a high.

    Funds Raised 2015/2016

    The Friends have had a very successful 2015/2016 year, raising around £11,000 for the school - an increase of more than 30% on the previous year. Money raised came from the following events -

    London to Brighton Bike Ride £1,685

    Dinner Dance £2,742

    Winter Shopping Evening £2,237

    Second Hand Uniform Sale £1,382

    Quiz Night £3,242

    Easyfundraising £931

    200 Club £834


    We have an ongoing list of items which have been requested by the school / parents and we continue our fundraising activities to reach this goal. We have an annual ongoing commitment for minibus funding of £5,100.  In addition, items currently on the Wish List are -

    Minibus Lease (one school minibus) = £5,100 for 1 year (ongoing commitment)

    High Resolution Photocopier = £3,500 per year

    Year Prizes = £1,400 per year

    iPad Charging Unit = £974

    Your Explore careers software = £700

    STEM kits = £765

    Music - music stands = £1,366

    Art – 1 sewing machine (£400) and two overlockers = £1,855

    Inclusion – a lap top charging trolley = £605

    Maths – mechanical modelling kits = £400

    English – fiction reading books and dictionaries = £477

    Art – 30 x 12" manikins and 6 human skulls = £290

    Science – visualizer x4 (£40) = £160

    Languages – language games = £98

    This is quite a list to tackle but the Friends are committed to enhancing the school environment and facilities for our children. If you are able to help / contribute in any way please do contact us.