Support the School

There are many ways in which you can support John Ball.

As a parent or a carer, some of the best ways in which you can support the School are to ensure that you child comes to school every day, is on time and has brought all the right things with them (PE kit etc.).

John Ball recognises the vital role parents play in their child’s education and we hope that parents, pupils and teachers will work in partnership to promote positive learning within and outwith the school – ask you child about their learning, check out their year pages to see what they are currently doing in class and support them with their learning at home.

If you have the time, you may also wish to consider volunteering to help in the School – you can find more information about volunteering here.

Fundraising and Donations

We are always looking for extra resources to help us enhance the School’s equipment and resources. There are a range of ways in which you can help us with this.

Friends of John Ball

The Friends of John Ball regularly organise school events and fundraising activities.  They are always looking for volunteers to help them. Further information about how you can get involved can be found here.


We have an Amazon wishlist which has books on it that we would love to add to our Learning Zone and classroom libraries.  If you’d like to donate books to the school there are loads to choose from and we’d be very grateful. Alternatively, next time you’re clearing out, send us your good quality unwanted books. Everything is gratefully received!

eBay Fundraising

We have now broken the £3,000 mark by selling unwanted items on eBay for the school. Many thanks to all of you who have generously donated items for us to sell. Our eBay auctions are on going so if you do have anything you would like to donate please contact Liza Watson.

We are happy to sell any unwanted or unsed item in good condition – so far we have sold buggies, jeans, boots, DVDs, play pens, rocking horse, desk, shelving units, coffee machine, bunk beds, kitchen sink and even a fully fitted kitchen.

We have also set up “Friends of John Ball School” as a charity on eBay. If you want to sell an item yourself but would like to donate a percentage of the selling price to us you can elect to give between 10% – 100% of the final selling price to the school. If you are a UK taxpayer this donation will also be eligible for gift aid. When you list your item for sale search for “Friends of John Ball School” under the “raise money for your favourite charity” section.

Abel & Cole Organic Fruit & Veg

Order seasonal organic fruit and vegetable through the school, and the school will receive 25% of the sale. So far, John Ball has benefited to the tune of over £5,000 thanks to the previous orders since 2007.

Prices range from £6.50 for a fruit bag, £8.50 for a veg bag and £11.50 for a mixed bag of fruit and veg and the new Dig it bag for £5 that include onions, potatoes and carrots. Included in the bag are free recipes encouraging you to experiment with items you may not be familiar with cooking, plus you help local farmers.

Orders are taken on a Wednesday, for the following Wednesday. You don’t need to commit every Wednesday, just HAVE A GO and see if you like it. It’s so easy just collect your shopping when you collect your children. If you would like more information or would like to place an order Elena Cardoso ( will be under the stairs in the KS1 playground every Wednesday at pick up time. If you want to know what is in the bag for next week, just go to


Some parents choose to donate money direct to the School.  We welcome these donations, large and small!  If you would like to donate in this way, please make cheques payable to John Ball Primary School and hand it to reception.  We will of course respect your wishes as to whether you would like your donation publicly acknowledged or not.

We have also had donations from parents of equipment (for example, where a parent’s business was disposing of relatively new computers).  If you think you have equipment that might be of use to the school, please contact Mr Roach to discuss it.