We aim to support a variety of charities here at the Junior School and we firmly believe that the children develop a wider sense of helping others and a greater appreciation of community spirit by being directly involved in fundraising for local and international charities. This raises the profile of the charities concerned and provides the children with a real goal for their fundraising events. The School Council chooses two or three charities a year for which they raise money. One such charity has been Jamie’s Farm's Hope for Homes.
Jamie’s Farm is a local charity founded by a teacher who wanted to help and support vulnerable children. It exists to transform the lives of children in challenging urban schools by providing them with a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’ through a short stay residential and follow up programme. We have been supporting Jamie and his team for a number of years now and have built up an excellent relationship with them. They visit the school each year to tell the children how the farm is progressing and also how the money has helped the children who stay there. The council has visited the farm to find out how it is run and to meet the teachers and staff there. The pupils have always been keen to support a local children’s charity and feel it is important to help children who are less fortunate than themselves.
In addition to the charities chosen by the School Council, we support a wide number of other charities and events across the year, such as Ted’s Big Day Out, Operation Christmas Child, Children in Need, Macmillan Foundation and Cancer Research.