“Pupils are eager to take on responsibility and make a contribution to the school community and the wider community.”- ISI Inspection
Each year at Abingdon Preparatory School a charity is chosen to support and a number of fundraising events are held every term. Over the past few years, the school has raised in excess of £50,000 for a selection of worthwhile causes including Helen and Douglas House, Guide Dogs, The Footsteps Foundation and Riding for the Disabled. Everybody in the school community can be involved in the fundraising and the collective efforts over the past few years have been extremely impressive.
During the 2016/17 academic year, we supported two different charities – Thinking of Oscar and The Gatehouse. Thinking of Oscar is a charity established by two parents who sadly lost their young son but who have since raised money in order to fund projects at the children’s hospital of the John Radcliffe. We managed to raise over £10,000, which was enough to purchase an interactive floor for the new unit. The Gatehouse in Oxford, our second charity, is a quiet refuge which provides vulnerable and homeless adults with food, warmth and company for a couple of hours each day. As well as presenting a cheque, Pre-Prep donated their produce from the Harvest Festival and we gave out presents at Christmas which included warm gloves, socks and chocolates. Throughout the year we had many fund raising events, including the obligatory charity-themed home clothes day and silver coin trail. However, the most popular event was The Great APS Bake Off. Over half the school entered cakes and after the official judging the boys were allowed to purchase and eat the entries!
This coming year we will be fundraising for Springfield School in Witney. It is a special needs school which provides education for children and young people with severe learning difficulties and communication problems. The school believes in the benefits of integration and inclusion to all and as such the Nursery and Primary classes are co-located with Madley Brook Community Primary School in a uniquely integrated and purpose built site. As well as fundraising for Springfield, we are hoping to organise joint activities, events and trips.