Friends of Southill School

Why we love FOSS

The children of Southill Primary School are very lucky to be supported by our hard-working Parent and Teacher Association, who we call Friends of Southill School (FOSS).

You might not realise, but all parents/carers are automatically members of FOSS. This is good for the school and our children because it means that we can have closer and more effective links with parents via the events that FOSS organise and the fundraising that they do for our school.

A thriving PTA is essential for any good school. Not only do FOSS provide an opportunity for parents, carers and families to get together, FOSS also raises vital funds for Southill Primary. Dorset is one of the lowest funded authorities in the country, so any help with the purchase of exciting extras for our children is always warmly welcome.

Without this support, many regular trips, visits and events would not be able to go ahead. Every class trip is subsidised from FOSS funds to make them more affordable for parents. Each class benefits from an annual donation, too. FOSS organise discos, an annual Spring Trail and our much-anticipated Christmas and Spring Fayres –  all offering the chance to pull together as a school and to do something lovely for the good of our pupils.

FOSS really is fantastic, volunteering is fun and extremely rewarding. No matter how small your input – you can be sure to make a big impact! Parents, carers and family members are always welcome to join to help our school. They are not a large intimidating organisation by any means; they are a friendly, enthusiastic group of people who enjoy getting involved. If you would like to take part, feel free to get in touch at or find them on their Facebook page.  They’d love to hear from you!