The Friends of LEH
A very warm welcome from The Friends of LEH, the school’s parent association. As soon as your daughter joins Lady Eleanor Holles School, you automatically become a member of the Friends.
Our aim is to enhance our daughter’s educational experience as much as to support and promote a vibrant community by running various social and fundraising events throughout the year.
Over the years, we have financially contributed to the acquisition of specialist data-logging equipment, display boards for the girls’ art and sporting achievements as well as high quality sound and lighting systems for concert and drama productions. We have also assisted with refurbishing the Junior School Science Laboratory, creating The Friends’ Courtyard and, most recently, The Friends made a substantial contribution to the Gateway Project.
Part of the funds raised are donated to the LEH Bursary Fund, which allows talented students from low and middle- income families to join LEH School. The Second Hand Uniform sale profits go to the school libraries to support author talks, workshops, and furnishings to make the library experience more enjoyable for our pupils.
Just as LEH students relish playing an active role within school, as part of The Friends we invite parents, carers and other family members to enjoy taking part in our various social events and activities. We would also welcome any of you who would like to volunteer to be Class reps or join the Friends Committee, or help at our any of the different events we have planned each year.
The ongoing success of The Friends is wholly dependent on the enthusiasm and generosity of every LEH family and for this, we are enormously grateful.
Chair of The Friends of LEH
As parent, you are automatically members of The Friends. A voluntary £20 annual subscription per family is collected via your youngest daughter’s autumn fee account and transferred to The Friends.
As a registered charity, Gift Aid makes a real difference to us so, if you are a UK taxpayer, please do complete a Gift Aid Form (PDF attached below) in order that you can increase the value of your donation by 25%.
We aim to host a wide variety of events during the year, details for which can be found in the school calendar and on our webpage. The following gives you a brief overview of our annual staples:
The Thirds’ and Form I Welcome Evenings at the start of the Autumn Term are a fabulous way for new parents to establish connections with other families in their daughter’s class and year.
Comedy night in the autumn term, fun night with a real comedy club atmosphere and lots of laughs to be had!
The Christmas Bazaar at the end of November is our biggest annual fund raiser. It sees the entire LEH community involved with an impressive array of external stall holders to inspire, games for the girls to enjoy and festive treats to sustain.
During the Spring Term, we host our popular Quiz Night, which invariably results in some intriguing new facts being garnered.
In the Summer Term, the girls eagerly anticipate the Junior School discos.
We also aim to hold other social events, such as a Wine Safari, so do keep an eye out for dates.
The Friends is run by a Council, a group of up to 24 members, including parent volunteers as well as school officers. We meet regularly to discuss ideas and projects as well as plan events.
The Council is extremely fortunate to be assisted by a network of class reps from each year group who support and promote our events. In addition, by engaging with their fellow parents through informal get-togethers, including coffee mornings, evenings out and end of term parties, class reps strengthen our sense of community.
We hope you will join us and become part of our thriving community. There are so many ways to be involved so please share your ideas, attend our events, consider becoming a class rep or joining the Council.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your participation. Come and see us at the welcome events.
Dates for the Diary
- Friday 20th March - Quiz Night
Click on the titles below to find out more about how The Friends can enhance both yours and your daughter's experience at LEH.
Invaluable for swimming, sports and school trips and to avoid towels being lost, The Friends arrange the sale of good quality personalised sports towels, which are black with your daughter’s name and the school crest emblazoned in red embroidery.
They are available in two different sizes and can be ordered via the Trybooking link on the Parent Portal each Summer Term.
If you would like to use the newly refurbished swimming pool or have the option to play tennis or croquet in the school’s beautiful grounds during the summer term, please join our Swimming and Tennis Club.
Annual membership costs £50 per family. For further information and clarification, please email Michelle Nunes, Chair of the Swimming and Tennis Club.
As a service to parents, The Friends run second hand uniform sales in the Junior School. With the introduction of the new Senior School uniform in September 2017, we are now starting to get some available for our sales at the Christmas Bazaar and new Thirds Induction day.
The Friends receive 50% of sale proceeds, which have historically gone directly to supporting the Junior and Senior school libraries. As libraries evolve to incorporate increasingly digital platforms, we will be working with school to ensure these funds continue to be allocated effectively.
A comprehensive guide to the Second Hand Uniform Sales can be found to download below.