PF Development is about building communities in and out of school through cultural and fundraising events. It’s about encouraging current and past pupils, parents and staff, along with businesses and the local community, to come together in support of the school and the community in which we live. PF Development projects and events are successful due to the extremely generous nature of our parents, local businesses and alumnae.
Over the years we have supported a number of local charities such as Chase Hospice, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Help for Heroes. Fundraising should be called "fun-raising" as we had a lot of this, during the last 3 years, when creating and organising our annual fundraiser: PF Catwalk! In January 2010 we held a "Red Hot Chilli Burns’ Night" – a Burns’ Night with a twist and the Spring of 2011, saw our third Catwalk event. Plans are now in place for a spectacular event in 2013.
Not all projects need be about raising money. We have started work on a small project that will make a huge difference to the Gertrude Jekyll designed gardens that is so much a part of the school heritage. The long border, which forms part of the area much used by the younger girls during break and lunch to play croquet or to just sit and relax, will be completely rennovated in the months ahead.
In addition we are working on the launch of a Prior's Field community directory for parents. If parents, suppliers or local businesses who would like to raise the profile of their company within the PF community, 'The Directory' is the place to be! We will be sending information at the start of the new term explaining how to become part of this.