“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 £60,000 for a selection of worthwhile causes including Helen and Douglas House, Guide Dogs, The Footsteps Foundation, Riding for the Disabled and Thinking of Oscar. 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 2017/18 academic year, we supported two different charities – Springfield School in Witney and The Gatehouse. Springfield School 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. Over the year we have managed to raise over £8,000. 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. Each year Pre-Prep donate their produce from the Harvest Festival and we give presents of warm clothes and chocolates at Christmas. Throughout the year we had many fundraising events, including the obligatory charity-themed home clothes day and silver coin trail. However, the most popular event is always The Great APS Bake Off. The boys showed some impressive culinary skills when cooking independently at school but the most enthusiasm was reserved for the tasting.
This year our chosen charity is The Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Sadly, it will not be possible to have the helicopter land at school but we are hoping to have various talks given by the pilots, paramedics and doctors who fly with the service. We will also continue to support The Gatehouse with produce from the Harvest Festival and gifts at Christmas.