Friends of WBGS

Welcome to the Friends!  We are a group of friendly parents who volunteer to help develop the social aspect of our wonderful school community whilst fundraising to provide additional educational opportunities for the boys. 

All parents are encouraged to join in -  in fact, we need your help!  We want to reach out and connect with as many parents as possible, but why?

  • Socially connect - make friends, get to know other parents
  • Role model - inspire your son by getting involved and giving back
  • Support the school - help the school fundraise - recent donations have included £9,000 for new computers.

Come along to a committee meeting

All parents are welcome to come along to committee meetings to find out more about how to get involved, meet fellow parents and make friends.  

The next committee meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday 27th September 2022 
Meeting access details will be sent out in advance of the meeting to parents by InTouch.   

E-mail info@friendsofwbgs.org to receive the meeting log in details.

For up-to-date information on events and activities, and to get involved, to buy tickets for events and more please visit the Friends of school dedicated website:

The Friends of WBGS Website

Friends of Watford Grammar School for Boys Registered Charity No. 1073843

Parents - how to get involved

All WBGS parents are warmly welcome to come along to any or all committee meetings to find out more about what the Friends of School are working on.  Committee meetings are a great way to meet fellow parents, make friends and take an active role in school life. Keep an eye for an InTouch communication with details for the next meeting which take place either in-person in school or online. 

Benefits of volunteering with the Friends of WBGS

Life is busy, we know and appreciate that between juggling jobs, caring for our children, and household responsibilities, it can feel as though there isn't enough time in the day.

We know how precious your time is and so are extremely grateful if you could consider dedicating a few hours a term to helping out and joining in.

Here's a few reasons why the committee and volunteers of the Friends of school do it:

1. Volunteering Makes a Difference in your Child’s Education

Research has shown that children of parents who are involved in school life tend to perform better at school in terms of behaviour and results. By volunteering you are being a brilliant role model for your son. 

2. Volunteering Helps Create Community

Volunteering with the Friends of WBGS is a great way to connect with other parents and create a circle of adult friends. Over time, these friends grow to know you and your children and over the years the Friends of WBGS committee meetings and events have resulted in lifelong friendships being formed. 

3. Volunteering Allows You to Use Your Strengths

Volunteering is a great way to showcase your strengths and learn new skills. You do not need any special skills or experience to volunteer with the Friends or even to join the committee - just a willingness to get involved. The current committee members will guide you through everything and then you are welcome to bring new ideas and suggestions. 

4. Volunteering is Good for Your Health

Being part of a community group and working together to raise funds makes you feel good.  In fact, it can even help with your wellbeing embracing many (if not all) of the NHS 5 steps to wellbeing:

1. Connect with other people

2. Be physically active

3. Learn new skills

4. Give to others

5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

NHS 5 Steps to Wellbeing - more information

 

Want to join our committee?

Join the Committee

If you would like to be involved, we warmly welcome all new members.  Our friendly committee organise events and keep The Friends of School running. We are a small team and so are always grateful for new Executive members. 
Please get in touch via info@friendsofwbgs.org and we can provide and more information.

Volunteer Vacancies

Committee Vacancies

We are currently looking for parents to volunteer to fulfill 2 particular job roles on our committee.

Chair Vacancy


As Chair you will playing a vital role in leading the Schools parent association,  This is a great chance to get involved and give back.  Follow the link below to apply:

Friends of WBGS Volunteer Vacancy - Chair

Volunteer Coordinator

If you are friendly, confident and looking for a way to connect with other parents and get involved in school life then look no further. Follow the link below to apply:

Friends of WBGS Volunteer Vacancy - Friends of School Volunteer Coordinator 

Second hand uniform shop

The Friends of the School operate the school second-hand uniform shop which is usually open every (by appointment only) Wednesday, 3:15-4:30pm (term time only) and the first Saturday of each half-term, 10am-noon. 

Appointments can be booked using the link to this online form below:

Friends of School Second Hand Uniform Shop Booking Form

Please email any queries to: uniformshop@friendsofwbgs.org

The shop is located in the Cloisters, opposite the entrance to the James Theatre, and staffed by Friends of the School volunteers.

The shop is stocked with uniform and sports kit at very reasonable prices
We accept cash and cards and all money raised goes to the school.

Donations of uniform and sportswear are always gratefully received. Please drop them into donation box by the West Gate entrance off Rickmansworth Road.

Family Draw - how to play

Family Draw

We  run a Family Draw where, for just £25 per year, you could be in with a chance to win a cash prize. 
25% of the income raised is given as prizes and the remaining 75% is donated to the school to benefit all the pupils at WBGS. 

For more information and to enter the draw, please download the Family Draw leaflet here:

Family Draw Information

What's on - Friends of WBGS Events

Big Raffle

We are currently preparing for our 2022 Big Raffle.  Tickets for the raflle will be sold online with more information coming soon. 

Could you help?

Raffle prizes - would you or your company/employer like to donate a prize? If so please email: info@friendsofwbgs.org 

Match Funding - many organisations are able to offer their employees match funding.  This means you nominate the Big Raffle and whatever monies are raised are matched as a charitable donation from your company.  Please email us if you would like to nominate the Big Raffle for match funding: info@friendsofwbgs.org 

How the Friends of School is set-up and managed

The Friends of WBGS is the School's parent association.  It operates independently from the School with its own executive committee. 

The official name is: The Friends of Watford Boys Grammar School and it is a registered charity number: 1073843.

The Friends are supported by the School's External Relations Coordinator Miss Donna Connolly. 

The Friends exist to support the social development of the School's community whilst fundraising to provide additional educational opportunities for the students of Watford Grammar School for Boys.

For more information visit the Friends of School website: 

https://www.friendsofwbgs.org/aboutus