Through the school’s Community Service Programme, Lower Sixth pupils spend one afternoon each week volunteering in the community. The placements in which the pupils take part are varied, offering each individual to find an opportunity which captures their imagination. Activities range from mentoring primary school pupils with Maths and English; running clubs in chess, languages, film and sport; providing reading support; producing art work for the walls of local hospitals; performing concerts in schools and care homes; and offering company and entertainment for care home residents. Each year, a number of pupils choose to continue volunteering at their placement beyond the end of the Lower Sixth.
A key part of the Sixth Form curriculum, our Community Service Programme enables pupils to develop their understanding of the world around them, and of the contribution they can make to it; to grow to in confidence and develop skills of team work, organisation, communication and problem solving. For some, it offers a valuable insight into a professional vocation; for all, it offers a rewarding, illuminating and enjoyable chance to engage with the wider community.