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 The Friends of The Collett School Registered charity no: 1157000

Supporting Our SEND Schools To Support Our Pupils

Chair of Trustees: Ruth Patil (c/o



The Friends of St Luke's School: Registered charity no.: 1106427

Supporting Our SEND Schools To Support Our Pupils

Chair of Trustees: Ruth Patil (c/o


Our Vision: Our Vision is a world where people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties thrive.

Our Mission: To enable activities that promote the work of the schools, raise funds and in doing so, work with our communities to break down barriers for children with SEND

Our Ethos: We look after ourselves, each other, our learning and our environment.


Achievements of The Friends of The Blue Tangerine

The Positive Impact of Fundraising 

Mental health and Special Educational Needs; these hidden disabilities often lead to inequality and in many instances prejudice.  Much of the negativity surrounding our children is due to a lack of understanding and, we tend to fear and avoid what we do not understand. 

Our children want to belong to the communities they exist in.  By offering an innovative and inspired education with an 'I can' attitude, we prepare our children for the mainstream world; increasing independence and resilience to celebrate their uniqueness and abilities.

By reaching out, we build better understanding and links with our communities.  Come into our schools and see for yourself the amazing pupils and staff.  With the amazing support over the years we have managed to provide many desperately needed resources and facilities. Some have been very difficult to achieve as they are so very badly needed but do not appeal to many who understand funding a trampoline but not necessarily the equally important fixing of broken steps.

This is a list of a few of our achievements, but far from an exhaustive list, you will see how diverse our needs really are and continue to be!

Mobile café – transferable life and  work-related learning skills – going out into the community

Disabled access at Collett – our children can now walk or wheel into the front entrance of their own school!







New Toilets and Hygiene Rooms







LED lighting – good for the environment, invaluable for our children’s sensory needs

Therapy equipment – invaluable and life changing please come and visit us to it in action

Resources for Maths, Literacy, Art, PE etc

Playground equipment

IT – essential for everyone these days but for our children a means of communication and a window to independence

Audio Visual IT (Collett and St Lukes' now have screens the children can see and interact with in our school halls.)









Classrooms – yes, we have had to build our own classrooms to accommodate the children!








Chairs, tables – we have a mismatch of donated furniture around the schools but it is a badge we wear proudly, it shows the community support and adds a real homely warmth, which enhances our children’s learning experience.

Play equipment and outdoor resources – for many of our children the school is their window on the world and many breakthroughs have been achieved whilst working and playing outside







Indoor Play Equipment, such as our indoor play activity room donated by Gosling, Welwyn Garden City.












Decorating and general maintenance

Medical room

Storage containers – because all our cupboards have had to be used to create therapy rooms!

Cookers, washing machines, toasters, kettles – life skills and providing breakfast for those who arrive not having had any!

Animal housing, accommodation and food, such as this beautiful aviary by Little Thatch Company









Refurbishing our Library









Sensory spaces outdoors and internally



Servicing equipment

Mending broken things; windows, IT equipment, doors, plumbing and so much more!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us so far!

2020-2021 Financial Year


April 2021
Horsebox Cafe (Carried Forward)
Cafe on St Luke's School Site (Carried Forward)


The Collett School

April 2021
Sensory Garden
Replace carpet flooring in classrooms with vinyl
Completion of Lock Down Blinds


St Luke's School

  April 2021
MUGA Multi-Use Games Area
ASD Friendly Lighting in classrooms
Cycling Proficiency Bikes (repairs, training, helmets etc.)
ASD Friendly Lighting in Hall and corridors
Quad improvements - fountains, painting, planting
Front Entrance to the school
Donkey Stables Improvements
Ferret House creation in the Quad
Flooring for classrooms
Hall Sound and Vision improvements completion
Dining Area improvements
Stage curtains replacement