As a school, we have supported many charities over the years.
Each year the pupils choose two main charities to support and to date, we have raised over £170,000 for our charities, something that the girls and boys are very proud of!
In 2023 - 2024, our children have voted to support Challengers of Guildford and Wave Wrangler.
''Challengers is a charity that gives disabled children and young people the opportunity to play, have fun, and make friends in a safe and supportive environment. Aside from being fun, play is essential for a child’s cognitive, physical, social, and mental wellbeing and development. Through play, children learn to build confidence, self-esteem, creativity, and how to interact with others. Sadly too many disabled young people miss out on play every day. There are many barriers stopping disabled children from playing – from physical impairments and a lack of accessible play facilities, to a time, money and support. That’s where Challengers comes in…we remove these barriers by providing truly inclusive play and leisure that everyone can enjoy and join in with, no matter how complex their needs are. Young people can come to our Pre-school, Play and Youth schemes and experience the same fun and friendship as their non-disabled peers, with activities adapted to suit their unique individual needs. We have been passionate champions of inclusion since the charity was established in 1979, and more than 40 years on, Challengers has grown to provide smiles and laughter to thousands of disabled children and young people''
''Following 5 years of being in and out of hospitals trying to maintain a regular heart rhythm, Elliot became the recipient of a (Medtronic) CRT-P device in February 2020. In November 2014 when he woke with a racing pulse (perhaps 200 bpm or higher). Thinking nothing of it he headed to the office for a regular day – luckily his colleagues (one happened to be his father) persuaded him to contact his GP, whom quickly sent him to A+E. After what was to be the first of many hours hooked up to a 10 lead ECG, an abnormal wave was observed on the readout: a delta wave. This indication of an accessory pathway (a shortcut, circumventing the AV-node) lead to a tentative diagnosis of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. However, following an electrophysiological examination, Elliot was also diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, in conjunction causing a far larger threat than either in isolation. This experience of fully “living” the frustrations that go hand in hand with an irregular heartbeat, including multiple cardioversions has led Elliot to found Wave Wrangler; a platform for anyone living with an arrhythmia to share stories and experiences, as well as raise and carefully distribute funds to assist charities, companies and individuals who are also in a position to support.
Elliot will be rowing 5000km solo and unsupported across the Atlantic as part of the World’s Toughest Row, proving that despite having an implanted pace-making device, anything is possible!''