Our students have a deep sense of personal and social responsibility. They appreciate the advantages they have and are encouraged to contribute to the wider community through active involvement and fund-raising. Many students work with our partnership primary schools. These include reading schemes, language teaching and art, maths and sports workshops.
The School Charities Commission, run by students, has raised substantial amounts of money for local and national charities since its inception and plays a leading role within the school. It supports national campaigns such as Children in Need Day, Sports Relief and Comic Relief, as well as local charities, including Naomi House, New Forest Nightstop, Hamble Lifeboat, Solent Mind and Wessex Cancer Trust.
There are several ongoing Community Service projects in the school, which are also supported by fundraising. These include Fairbridge, Hospital visiting, The Shirley Reading Scheme. An annual Summer Camp for young carers and the Goedgedacht Project in South Africa.
Community links extend to hospital visiting and running a summer camp for local young carers. Further afield, work with children in rural poverty through the Goedgedacht Trust in South Africa involves a large number of students, all of whom find the experience inspiring and profoundly moving.