Park Lane chosen for Co-op Community Fund

Hooray! We love our local Co-op and we have now been successful in applying for this year’s Co-op Community Fund.

If you happen to have a membership card or would like to get one, here’s how to support the fund:

You need to be a member and nominate us as your “cause” online. THEN, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. We also get a share of carrier bag sales.

The best thing is, THIS IS ONGOING FOR THE NEXT 11 MONTHS. So please log on to: and get the ball rolling and the money trickling in! Don’t forget friends and family can also do this, so please spread the word!

PLEASE NOTE this is for main Co-ops only (like the one opposite Asda Petrol Station) and not valid at independent Co-ops such as the one in the Triangle.

Thanks for your support. We’ll keep you updated to see how it’s going throughout the year!


A new year & a new vice-chair!

Yesterday afternoon at our AGM we celebrated the last year and all it’s achievements and highlights. We’ve seen some formidable fundraising, lots of fun, and some great opportunities to help the school. It was also a chance to say a huge thank you to Leanne Cole for 2 years dedication as Vice-chair. Leanne is still around doing plenty for Friends, but she wanted to step aside from her role on the committee. We ALSO had the chance to vote in the new committee for the next year… so…

Welcome Lindsay Somerville as our new Vice-Chair! We’re thrilled to have you on-board. The awesome Andi Furno is staying on as secretary, super-woman Karen Taylor as Treasurer and Maxine Reeder as Chair.

However, as stated at the meeting, our success has been through teamwork – that everyone in the school (parents, staff, children..) have been so fantastic this year in giving of their time, skills, donations.. etc. As a committee, we’re so grateful for every bit of involvement from you all!

We hope that this next year will be every bit as successful, and with your help, we are sure it will be! xxx


Year 6’s pizza party!

“Year 6 had a fabulous end of year party which was kindly funded by the Friends of Park Lane. Thank you!” Mrs Leigh

Artists of the school unite – Junior school report

Last week was Arts Week and, as usual, Friends were asked to give some funding towards making the week a fantastic success for the children. We hope you were able to go to the Exhibition at the Juniors on Monday and were able to see the fruit of their week’s learning. Here’s a description from Mrs Leigh:

Park Lane Juniors enjoyed a wonderful 1920s inspired Arts Week last week which was funded by the Friends of Park Lane. Children split into groups across years 3 and 4 and year 5 and 6 and visited a different teacher each day. With each teacher they learnt about a different specific artist and a new curriculum skill. These activities included clay, dance, music, 3D collage, ICT, printing, sculpture and drawing and painting skills. A great week all round!

The Infants were also having lots of fun. Don’t forget to visit their exhibition tomorrow (Wed) at 2.50pm. We shall be reporting back on our blog, once we have seen what they’ve been up to..

“Friends” welcome new starters

It was fantastic to meet the new parents today who are joining the school in September. Welcome to our blog if you are joining us for the first time & welcome to Park Lane. We hope you will be very happy here.

Thank you to all those who are giving up their time this week to help sell uniform and represent Friends. You’re ALL stars! xxx


Scorching Evening for Summer Vibes

Well.. it was a hot one but I think we all survived the disco tonight without melting… A huge thank you to organisers Katy, Amy and Victoria and to all the volunteer helpers who braved the heat to help out. All the kids enjoyed the dancing, music and refreshments, as well as hanging out with their mates!

A special mention and MASSIVE thank you to Maz who once again set up her brilliant photo studio for the Leavers in Year 6. We’ll be looking forward to seeing the pics – if last years photos are anything to go by, we’re in for a treat!

It’s that time again for Year 6!!

We were so pleased to see the excitement on the faces of our Year 6 children as they received their Leavers Hoodies last week. Don’t they look great!!! Thanks to Leanne Cole for organising these again, and thanks to all those who ordered one – it has helped us raise around £200 for the school. Enjoy Avon Tyrrell this week all of you, and try not to get them too dirty!!!

Caribbean Vibes at the Juniors

The Juniors wish to thank “Friends” for their generosity in funding the Steel Pan workshops in May. It was a fantastic day of music and a one-off opportunity for the children to perform together in a Steel band. Some of us were collecting equipment for the Fayre and were lucky enough to get a sneek-listen to them. They sounded amazing! Thanks to Miss Penn for organising this wonderful day and making music accessible to all.

Spring Fayre brings sunshine to Tilehurst!

Our Spring Fayre reached new heights this year (and not just because of the climbing wall!). We told you that is was going to be good.. but it was AWESOME! The British weather tried to dampen our fun, but the great Park Lane spirit wasn’t going to give in. Hundreds showed up at the Infants field to enjoy the Fayre: winning fabulous prizes, getting their faces painted, eating yummy food, cakes & ice cream, relaxing with a glass of Pimms and being throughly entertained by the wonderful children in the Arena.

As usual, the Scouts climbing wall & Quirks animals were a real hit, and the Barton Rovers Football Goals provided a little bit of healthy competition. Midnight Florists donated a huge plant stall & many visiting the Fayre went home with beautiful flowers to add to their garden, as well as various veg plants grown by the Infants’ Gardening Club. An addition this year was the wonderful paramedic with this Ambulance and the Fire Engine Crew with their rig, showing the children (big and small) all the gadgets and giving them a chance to climb inside.

And finally, our Raffle and Silent Auction were probably the biggest ever. With donations from over 100 local businesses and individuals, these 2 stalls alone made a huge amount of money for the school and many took home great prizes and bargains.

Our wonderful treasurer has been counting the pounds and we can now reveal that we raised a breath-taking £6,000 for the school. I am sure you’ll agree, this is a staggering figure and as a committee we are immensely chuffed that not only have we been able to put on such a great community event, but that we have been able to raise such a vast amount which will go directly back to the children to enhance their learning & improve their school environment.

We rely heavily on the school community to put on these events, of which you are a part. So thank you if you helped in any way to make this day a success. Special thanks must go to: The Spring Fayre Committee, school staff, all who gave up their time to set up & clear up, those who ran a stall, all families who donated prizes (Jars, Stationery, Bottles, Tombola and Teddies), all who sold their raffle tickets, and to ALL who braved the weather on the day and joined in with our wonderful Fayre!

Parkers.. our proud Fayre sponsor

Thank you Parkers Estate Agents for your continued support in our fundraising. We’re so grateful for all you do!