Projects & Funds Raised

In recent years, The Friends of Ditcham Park School has raised over £10,000 in funds annually from the wide variety of fundraising and social events held. These funds are then used to benefit all of the children at the school by purchasing resources which are not available within the standard school budget.

How Are Funds Allocated?

FDPS operate a “bid” system, open to all parents, pupils and staff of the School. Bids are completed, using the form at the foot of this paragraph, and each request is assessed by the Committee at their regular meetings. Each bid should give a clear reason for the request(s), benefits and estimated costs. The FDPS Committee present then discuss each bid, and make a decision based on the majority vote. It is possible further information will be requested from the proposer before a decision is made.

A retrospective summary of our fundraising activities is given by the Chair at the AGM.


The Friends host a variety of events throughout the school year, our annual Christmas Fayre, Bingo Nights, a Halloween Party, Fabulous Ball’s, Camp Overs with live music to name but a few.

Some of the bids over the past few years include:

  • Outdoor gym equipment installed Summer 2016 – £13,000
  • 2 Rowing machines for the Sports department – £2,120
  • Games, sports equipment and storage for children to use at playtimes – £500
  • Mixing desks, speakers and equipment for the Music department – £1,035
  • Bird table outside the Junior classrooms – £100
  • Role play equipment – £200
  • Green Power “Goblin Car” construction kit for Upper Juniors – £1,500 Read More…
  • New hockey team shirts – £540
  • 3 heavy duty gazebos – sign written with DPS name and logo – £2,400
  • Form 5 Prom – annual provision of £500 towards their special evening

We aim to raise more funds in the future to provide even more equipment and activities for all the children of our school. Please help us to achieve or goal.

2014-15 Bids awarded

Cycle Club equipment – including maintenance items and GPS – £1,772

Goblin Car and Helmets (Uppers) – £1,443 – Read More…

Juniors Play Equipment – £254

Team Ditcham sports/event bibs – £250

2013-14 Bids awarded

3D Printer, Software & first consumables for DT Department – £1,798

Stage Piano, Stand and amp for Music Department, South Downs Hall – £1,500

10 x 3-man tents for Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – £1,700

18 x Multi-cultural & Occupational dressing up costumes for Pre-Prep – £297

58 x Seniors (boys & girls) Hockey, Football & Basketball Shirts for PE Dept – £1,800

30 x Lino Cutting tools for Art Dept – £448

50% contribution towards Seniors day with playwright and poet Simon Ermitage – £1,000

Halloween Party for Juniors – £275

2012-13 Bids awarded

Oscar-style awards for the English Department – £70

2 x Large Gazebos for use by the School, printed with the DPS logo.

Fencing equipment for Form 1 – £1,500

Annual Form 5 Leavers Prom contribution – £500

Halloween parties for Juniors and Senior forms 1 & 2.  

2011-12 Bids awarded

Rugby Scrummage machine & Tennis Court wind nets for PE department – £2,100

Duke of Edinburgh tents & stoves, for DofE participants – £2,200

Incubator for Middle Juniors  – £200

3 junior size bikes for Cycling club – £750

Recording equipment for Music department – £850

Digital “Flip” camcorders for English department – £440

Annual Form 5 Leavers Prom contribution – £500

Halloween parties for Juniors and Senior forms 1 & 2.