We believe that our pupils have a moral duty to contribute in some way to the wider community. Opportunities exist for students to engage in community projects both locally and internationally. Students who participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award are required to complete a service element which might involve working in a charity shop, elderly residential home, an animal rescue centre.
Those who go on to take part in World Challenge expeditions will carry out a week long project in communities, places such as Borneo, Africa, Ecuador, Vietnam or India. Within school the chaplain organises fundraising for local charities, community outreach centres and children’s homes. Currently the school regularly supports St. Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham, the Akshaya Patra Foundation based in India and Help for Heroes amongst others.
Each year a 40+ strong team of runners (pupils, staff and parents) take part in the Great North Run supporting various charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The school endeavours to make its extensive facilities available for community use outside of school times.