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St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy

Learning, living and loving one another in God's name

Gargrave Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire
BD23 1PJ

01756 709451


Friends of St Stephen's (FOSS) is a group open to all parents, teachers and friends of St. Stephen's who want to help to support the school and the children who attend it. It was formed in the 1960s and during that time has raised thousands of pounds by organising exciting and fun events. 

The school buys a lot of resources to support the children in their learning but unfortunately they don't have the funds necessary to buy all that they would like! This is where FOSS steps in. We organise events throughout the year which not only raise funds but also enable children to have fun, parents to meet other parents at the school and reinforce the links with St. Stephens church. 

Please click here to read our letter to parents - September 2018

What does FOSS do?

We organise events such as school discos at Easter, Christmas and for school leavers. We also work with the church to hold summer and Christmas fairs. Please see the minutes below and the school calendar for upcoming events.  

Where do the funds go?

In 2015/16 FOSS made a large contribution to the school by funding items for the school to help to make learning fun and enjoyable  - exciting reading schemes and lunch time games for the playground.  We also funded a cinema trip for children.

We have also funded other items that help to keep the parents and school in touch such as the text messaging system. 

For 16/17 we are helping to fund the Philosophy 4 Children training, cinema treat, the text messaging service and assist with redeveloping the hall.

Santa at the Christmas Fair
Santa at the Christmas Fair

FOSS Committee

The Committee members are currently made up of a group of parents. They are:

  • Chair - Sarah Beilby
  • Vice Chair - Kelly Goddard
  • Secretary - Paul Perry
  • Treasurer - Catherine West

Foss information pack

FOSS minutes Sept 2018

FOSS planning minutes May 17

FOSS Minutes Sept 2016

Minutes Jan 2016 meeting

AGM Minutes Sept 2015

FOSS Fundraising Minutes 8th Oct 2015

Xmas Fair Fundraising Minutes 12th Nov 15

Latest FOSS Events Events


Race Night18Oct2019

Calendars page(s): FOSS Events >>

Previous Events

We have raised funds through the Santa Fun Run, Summer Fayre, Bingo, Waterways Festival and many more. Thank you for your continued support without which we couldn't do this. 

Dates for Your Diary

Watch this space...


How can I help? 

You can help in a number of ways by coming along to any of our meetings where we plan our fund raising activities or assisting at any of the events. We value everyone's contribution be that half an hour washing up at a school disco, cake baking, manning a stall at the school fair, designing flyers and posters, face painting or donating raffle prizes and gifts. It all helps to make our school a great place for our children to learn.

If you want to know more find us on the Avenue for a chat (details below) or join the FOSS e-mail update lists (please give your email details into the school office) or look at the FOSS facebook page.