EPCS supports local charities and organises days across the school year to raise funds. At six points in the year, Student Parliament will organise and run ‘civvies’ days, where students are encouraged to attend school in non-uniform, offering a minimum expected donation of £1 on entry. Parliament students promote the day and ensure all students are aware of the reason the school supports each cause, by assisting with assemblies and sharing information across tutor groups.

Our students select the charities we work with based on a variety of factors – they democratically decide, with the use of student voice, who to support and encourage local charities to attend school assemblies and speak to the students directly. This year, parliament are currently meeting to decide which charities they will support.

All proceeds are split 50/50 with the charities and our School Environment Fund, so students can continue to support projects in the future and generate more money.

In addition, many of our students elect to run their own charity events on the school premises. We have supported a Y8 student’s desire to raise awareness of South African Athletes. Our student had heard stories of children running and playing outside without shoes and single-handedly organised a trainer-drive. The student created a group of others to support her and visited many tutor groups, created an informative poster and raised over 30 pairs of trainers in just under four months!

Furthermore, we have students in our Bike It Crew who are continually raising money to develop more opportunities for our students to travel by sustainable means. They monitor the use of bikes and scooters and sell safety gear over the winter months. All money raised is then put back into the upkeep of the bike sheds and into activities for keen bike riders; like our Bike-a-thon in November.

Our students in Y7 make a pledge to the local community – promising to give their time back to a local project, whatever it may be.

We continually reflect on the success of our charity work and another new idea this year is to run TLC days. We have a bunch of students who are willing to give up their time after school or on the weekend to inspire and motivate parents and the community to improve the school environment – working on our grounds, improving displays and providing more recycling opportunities.

Charity of all shapes and sizes, local, national and international, is all supported by our very giving and enthusiastic students.