Save the Date! 21st June 2019 for…. Ditcham After Dark Campover!!!


We are excited to announce that the date of the 2019 Family Campover has been (most appropriately!) set for the longest day of 2019!

Mark your diaries for 21st June 2019!

What is it? New in 2015 was the "Ditcham After Dark" family campout event.  With the kind agreement of the School, FDPS invited families to pitch a tent in the Walled Garden overnight and experience the grounds as never before! For our first year 50 tents were pitched, and the families enjoyed al fresco food, fun and games, a warming camp fire (with marshmallows for toasting) and an interesting "Bat Walk"! Read more about the 2015 event here.

More details for our 2019 event to follow soon - we can't wait!

Save the Date! 1st March 2019 for Race Night Family Fun!


Save the Date in your diaries for an evening that promises to be a lot of fun!

The Ditcham community is invited to the FDPS Race Night on Friday 1 March 2019.

More details to follow soon.

Hope to see you there!

Halloween 2018 – Book Now

The booking forms for this year's Hallowe'en extravaganza is now available. Please download it here and return to the school office as soon as possible to avoid disappointment - places are limited.

We look forward to seeing the children have a SPOOKTASTIC TIME!

FDPS Halloween 2018 Booking Form

Bingo Royale – Family Fun to celebrate the Royal Wedding!

Looking forward to the summer term, this year the FDPS are busily preparing to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by hosting an evening of fun and laughter at our Family event “Bingo Royale”!

Bingo Booking Form 2018

Everyone welcome, there will be bingo and other games a plenty, fab food prepared by our wonderful Chef Neil and prizes galore! The South Downs Hall will be decked out regally and we invite you to dress in your most regal garb – prizes for all the little princes and princesses who attend too. There will be a licensed bar and your first game of bingo is included in the ticket price of just £10 per adult and £5 per child.

Bingo Booking Form 2018


Highlights include:

6 games of prize bingo!

The Piggy Bank Game

Heads & Tails Game

Fancy Dress “Wedding Guest” fun – with a prize for all who wear their most prince and princess like outfit (adults too!)

Scrumptious Supper of Chilli & Nachos – with vegetarian option.

Licenced Bar

Make sure to “Save the date” Friday 18th May.

Places strictly limited to just 150 – they sell out quick, so don’t delay!  Here is the booking form…

Bingo Booking Form 2018

Back to School & a springtime challenge!

Happy Sunday Morning!  I hope the start of the Spring term is going well for you all.  I expect, like me,  many of you were grateful of the arrival of the first weekend to recover from the “shock” of “back to school”, and being back in the old routine again!?!

With the turn of the New Year, my thoughts turn once again (!) to reinvigorating my health, wellbeing and fitness routines – with varying degrees of success 😉 I am most certainly not a natural athlete though I do love the great outdoors.   With Spring arriving soon I am certainly looking forward to shifting a few of those Christmas and New Years pounds, and  a few lunchtime and weekend walks around Ditcham and surrounding areas will help I’m sure 🙂

During last term, I was approached by Rural Running Events, who offered to organise a trail run (based at Ditcham Park) and, with the generous support of the School’s Headmaster Mr Spawforth and the rest of the School’s leadership team in granting permission to use Ditcham as a venue, I am pleased to say that preparations are well under way and the event is now open for entries!   So, here is your challenge for Spring 2018.. to train for a 5K or 10K trail run based at Ditcham Park – can you show our Ditcham pupils how to do it?

The event date is Sunday 29th April 2018.  The route is currently being confirmed, but will be “challenging” given Ditcham’s location at the top of a hill and involve trail, woodland and road sections.  Each competitor who completes the course will receive some “awesome bling”… and you will set the inaugural event route PBs.

With thanks to the organisers, a donation from the proceeds of this event will be made to both FDPS and also Brain Tumour Research (many of you will know that I lost my brother to the disease last May).  I am hoping that if the event is a success that in subsequent years we can earn a donation to other charities close to our hearts.

Hoping you’ll support the event, I’m told there are a good number of entries already and – with limited spaces – I urge you to enter asap by heading over to Rural Running Events’ website.

FDPS are finalising their involvement, but will certainly be providing refreshments for supporters and runners at the event.  If you’d like to help serve these please do let us know by emailing [email protected] or via our contact page.

All best

Denise Allen (FDPS Treasurer and DPS Deputy Bursar)