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Welcome to the FOBS section of our website.


In the 2018-2019 school year FoBS raised £11,800. We made donations or committed to spend £23,000 on resources and fun activities for the school including maths resources, £200 per class, outdoor equipment, trips, arts and music and IT.  Under these headings we bought books for year 4, paid for the year 4 music scheme, booked coaches for the Cornerstone theatre visit, bought 2 new interactive white boards, provided extra music equipment for the forest area and the Life Education bus.


We are delighted to have made such a big contribution to the school, with time, energy and money.  This could not happen without so many fantastic parents getting involved.  So, whether you helped to organise an activity, helped out with an event, baked a cake or came along with your family, we are extremely grateful.


Our school is getting bigger and with this the funding requests from the school are going to grow.  We always need more members with new ideas and energy to join the team.  Please do consider giving up a little bit of your time to help us help the children and the school.


Join our two Facebook groups, ‘Friends of Benson School’ and ‘FoBS Committee’. Have a look at what we do and have a think about how you can help.


Upcoming Events:

We have lots of exciting events and activities lined up for the following term with more news coming soon about each one. Dates for the diary include

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Year-Round Fundraising


Printer Ink recycling

Old used printer inkjet cartridges are collected at the office and we send them off for cash back. You can donate cartridges throughout the year. 


Yellow Moon/Baker Ross

FOBS get cashback from your craft supply purchases. Add Friends of Benson School as your nominated organisation when purchasing online.


Name Labels

We know how annoying it is when your child loses something at school. Labelling everything really helps you to be re-united with your child’s belongings. Easy2Name provide 20% cashback to FOBS for all orders placed. Just select Benson CofE Primary School OX10 at the checkout.


The Giving Machine
TheGivingMachine is a fundraising charity set up to help other charitable causes raise money online. By signing up and shopping online via TheGivingMachine you will generate a free cash donation for us.  With over 2,200 retailers, including Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tui, Sainsbury, John Lewis & Waitrose, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation.

To start raising free donations go to and join – it’s that easy. You can even send this code onto your friends and family to ask them to fundraise for us.
You can also download the free desktop reminder app to help you remember to always shop online via TheGivingMachine

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Recent Events:

Vintage Summer Fayre


Thank you to everyone who came along and supported this year's summer fayre!  The sun shone, the BBQ team sizzled through the meat heat, the new 'stinger' game buzzed and the tea flowed at the Tea Vintage tent.  We had superb music and dancing provided by the children playing ukulele and the school choir as well as Emma Longland, The Lulalas, the Kinecroft Dance Academy as well as getting the opportunity to learn how to Charleston.  We had some smashing entries to the first Great Benson Bake Off, judged by Mrs Bun The Baker and to top it all off some great efforts at the Tug-o-War and Egg throwing contest.

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Tea Vintage @ The Thames Run


FoBS provided the cakes and over 350 cups of tea / coffee once again at Crowmarsh Fete celebrating the Thames Run

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Easter Bunny Trail


We had another amazing response this year to the Benson Waster Bunny Trail with over 300 families taking part! 

There were 4 lucky winners:
William Rawlins, 9 Years old
Thomas and Evelyn Rattley, 5 and 4 years old
Callum Marsh, 5 Years old
Olivia Steele-Smith, 6 Years old


Well done to all of you and a big thank you to the Benson Co-op and our wonderful local shop, Derry’s Den, for helping with this trail.

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Mothers Day Cake Sale


Thanks to all who baked sold and bought cakes at our wonderful cake sale in the village on Saturday 30th March. 

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Benson Mad Hatters Family Disco - Friday 15th March

Thanks to everyone who fell down the rabbit hole and had a blast at the Mad Hatter's Family Disco! 

Penny Wars - Monday 4th March - Friday 8th March

Congratulations to SYCAMORE class on winning their entire jar of money in this year's Penny Wars, which was a total of £45.95 to spend on their class!


As so many people took part FOBS have decided that this year all of the other classes will get 50% of the money that was in their pot to spend.


Thank you to everyone that donated or helped, a total of £258.47 was donated and all the money left after the prize money will go to FOBS.

Benson Family Quiz


A fun night was had at our first Family Quiz Night on Friday 8th February in the Parish Hall. Fastest fingers were required to take home the trophy as this game was as much about speed as well as knowledge! The “Masterminds” impressed us with their knowledge about Benson, food & drink, sports, geography, music and TV characters and took home some great prizes. 

We were very lucky to have Yvonne from Chiltern Grocers and Florist in Benson and her team of helpers come to help us Make A Christmas Wreath on Monday 10th December


The hall was filled with festive cheer as we turned out some beautiful floral decorations and raised money for our school! 

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Christmas Disco 

A fabulous festive (and slightly sweaty) time was had by the children on Friday 7th December at the Christmas Disco!

Congratulations to all the winners of our fabulous Christmas Raffle!

Many thanks to all for supporting this years Christmas raffle. The total raised was a staggering £466.


Prizes will be available for collection from the school office from lunchtime Monday 10th December.

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Children volunteer at the 1155 Fireworks

A big thank you to the parents and children who help collect donations at the 1155 Fireworks this year in Wallingford.

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Glow In The Dark Disco

A SELL OUT! What a cracking event, organised by Jo Whittaker and Marie Finch. There were a lot of very happy children rocking their neon face paint, glow glasses, headbands and more! We are very sorry to those who were unable to get in on the night, the hall was filled to capacity! Thanks to all those who came and supported FoBS!

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FoBS Funding

New Playground Equipment

Cala homes came down to see us to take some marketing photos, following a successful grant application which FoBS secured.  This enabled us to purchase more outdoor musical instruments.

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Our Aim


How Does FoBS Support the School Community?


We are fortunate at Benson Church of England Primary School to have a PTA that is an integral part of the school and wider village community. The strong support network has enabled us to raise thousands of pounds that are spent on school facilities, equipment and resources to enhance our children’s experiences at school.


FoBS is about much more than simply fundraising. We exist to provide closer links between home and school, and it is an excellent way to bring staff, parents and friends together socially in support of the school, working towards a common goal. It is a fun and positive experience because we all care and we enjoy each other’s company.


All families are automatically members of FoBS when their child joins the school. No family is required to be involved in the organisation of events; we simply encourage parents and members of the school community to become involved in whatever capacity suits. We understand how busy family life can be, so we aim to make any involvement an enjoyable experience.


FoBS is extremely conscious of the ethos and diversity of our school, and we try very hard when organising and planning events to respect this. Many of our fundraisers are run with the aim of giving the children a good time, and as a way of thanking families for their continued support.


What FoBS Means to Benson School


Since FoBS involves the whole school community, we thought you would like to know what others think of what we do.


From Helen Crolla, Headteacher of Benson School:


“FoBS provide tremendous support to the school. As a group of willing volunteers, their enthusiasm, creativity and dedication to the business of fund raising has enabled children in all years to benefit from extra equipment.”


Significant purchases like interactive whiteboards and sets of reading books have had a positive impact on learning and contributed to the School's improvement priorities. The plan to fundraise for larger projects has enabled the school to consider improvements to the overall learning environment, ensuring that all children have access to high quality provision whilst they are at Benson.”


“There is also the commitment to pursuing grants and funding from other sources, which enables the school to embark on specialist projects. These provide the children with memorable experiences and allow children with talents to shine.”


“As Headteacher, I value the partnership that exists and the child-centred approach promoted by all members of the FoBS team.”



From Jo Chapman, Chair of Governors, on behalf of the Governing Body of Benson School:


With the ever-growing pressures on our school budgets, FoBS are instrumental in enabling us to provide the resources, equipment and rounded learning experience that our children deserve.


The FoBs team are a dedicated, passionate and innovative group of individuals who raise considerable amounts of funds through organising a range of fun social events that really do bring the community together in supporting our school. They are also proactive in identifying and managing many other fund-raising initiatives such as cartridge and clothes recycling, frozen fridays, giving machines and film afternoons, all of which the monies raised goes towards supporting our school.


FoBS have also done an outstanding job in securing grants such as the recent music grant which will enable our children to have access to Ukulele lessons for a full year. This just would not be possible without FoBS’ on-going commitment and support. They truly make a positive difference to the children of Benson Primary, and for that I am extremely grateful.”


From Parents of Benson School:


· “FoBS has made a huge difference to how quickly my family has settled into the school and the Benson community. Such a friendly, approachable group of parents; so welcoming and supportive. It is evident that they care greatly for all the children of Benson School and their families.”

· “As a working mum FoBS has given me the opportunity to still feel very much involved in school life. I have met a great team of parents and teachers all wanting to contribute, where they can, to raise important funds for our children. FoBS make a big difference and I am very proud to be part of that.”

· “My children have both recently joined the school and have loved every minute. The school is friendly and inclusive and that is echoed in the Parents, especially at the FoBS meetings. It’s a great combination of kids, parents and teachers coming together to make the school a fun and successful place to learn!”

· “I love being a member of the FoBS team, as well as all the fundraising it is a great chance to meet parents from different year groups around the school, understand more about the school and build quicker relationships with the staff. The FoBS team welcome everyone and there is never any pressure of do more than what you want to. Whether it is just coming along to a meeting or maybe doing a small job, you can dip in and out depending on your current work/home load. The Primary years for our children go by in a flash and I will be glad when I look back to think I saw my children in their school environment, made friends, raised money and did my bit.”


From the Children of Benson School


Connor, Year 5:“They help all the children and help us to do more activities by giving us resources for learning and play, such as playground equipment.”


Jasmine, Year 3:“FoBS are really hard-working and very kind-hearted. They set up amazing events. My favourite would be … oh, there are so many – the school disco and the summer fayre, I think!”


Lucy, Year 3:“They get more resources for the classroom by raising money for the school. My favourite event is the chocolate bingo as everyone in the family can take part.”


Ben and Evie, Year 6:

Ben: “They raise a lot of money for the school. The fayres attract lots of people from the local area, who see the school and then want to come here. More people in our school is better because you have opportunities to interact with more people socially and in the classroom.


Evie: “Yes, and they are very helpful, raising funds for school trips and school plays.”


Ben: “And they help the community by inviting them to school events. They invite the elderly to the Christmas performance and serve them tea and cakes, so they can enjoy other’s company. That’s a really kind thing to do.”


Hayley, Year 4:“FoBS make school more fun. The fayres are always fun, and I really like the movies. They buy lots of lovely things to improve the school, such as the plants at the entrance.”


Lilly, Year 2:“FoBS is the helping hand for the school and the children!”


Ollie and Oliver, Year 3:

Ollie: “The discos are brilliant – you get prizes!”


Oliver, starting to dance: “Yes, I won last year!”

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FoBS Welcome Handbook


If you are new to the school or just want to find out a bit more about what FoBS do or how you can get involved, please take a look at our handbook, below or get in contact with us!

Getting in touch


Contact us via:


· email:

· Facebook: join ‘Friends of Benson School’

· or leave a message at the school office

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