Parents Friends Group

About Us

Holy Cross Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy is a vibrant, caring school community whose mission and motto ‘Loved, Valued, Challenged’ is reflected in every aspect of school life.  Our Parents Friends Group volunteers are extremely proactive and successful, working very hard to raise funds not only for school projects but local and national charities.

Our Parents Friends Group organise most of the fundraising activities in school and play a vital role. Holy Cross Parents Friends Group Constitution was adopted on Friday 13th September 2019.

Meetings are held regularly during school time, details on dates/times will be displayed on our calendar.  Please come along if you are able as your input is important to us.  If you would like to join the group then please contact school or attend one of these meetings.  If you have any fundraising ideas/suggestions but unable to attend then please email school and we will pass the information on.

Contact details: Mrs Emma Machin, Parents Friends Group Co-ordinator ( or Tel 01159 534577.

Our Projects

See information on our recent projects below:

We received £8,000 funding from Tesco Bags of Help to build an outdoor classroom outside Year 1 to enable children to play/learn under the shelter in all weathers.

We received £10,000 from the National Lottery Awards for All for our Holy Cross Health Drive project.  The funding was used to purchase outdoor gym equipment. Our Parents Friends Group then went on to gain additional an £16,000 funding for a new trim trail.

We gained successful funding applications from All Churches Trust and numerous other charitable trusts to raise £12,000 for a wooden pod.  This is used by our children as our Chapel and Forest Schools sessions.

We received £500 from the COOP Community Fund, £1,000 from Tesco Bags of Help and £500 from Ashfield District Council to create a community gardening project.

We raised £13,000 from successful funding applications.  We gained funding from the Arnold Clark Community Fund, Wesleyan, Persimmon Homes, Mansfield Building Society and Tesco Community Fund.  This funding was used to purchase a wooden pod to create a quiet space for our Emotional Literacy Support Assistants can deliver mental health and awareness sessions, named The Rainbow Retreat.

We gained £10,000 from the National Lottery to install multi sports nets for our playground.

We gained £500 from the Ernest Cook Trust to create a fire pit for our Forest Schools.

Our Parents Friends Group gained £2,500 from the National Lottery Fund to organise a picnic to celebrate the Kings Coronation on Friday 5th May 2023.  We invited our neighbouring school, Leen Mills Primary and joined together along with staff; pupils, parents, grandparents and the wider local community to celebrate on this date.

For more information please see our British Values page:


School Discos

Holy Cross Parents Friends Group organise 3 discos per year at the end of each term.

Christmas Fairs

Our Parents Friends Group organise our Christmas Fair every year and all classes prepare something to sell at the Christmas Fair.

Our Year 6 pupils support their prayer partners at the Fairs.

Parents Friends Group Newsletters

Parents Friends Group newsletters are sent to parents/carers via class dojo at the end of every term.

Committee Members

Chair: Mrs Emma Machin

Vice Chair/Treasurer: Ms Christa Bales/Miss Teresa Horden

Vice Treasurer: Mrs Paula Keightley