“Pupils are eager to take on responsibility and make a contribution to the school community and the wider community.”
Each year at Abingdon Prep 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 £80,000 for a selection of worthwhile causes including Helen and Douglas House, Medical Detection Dogs, The Footsteps Foundation, Riding for the Disabled and The Air Ambulance. 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 2019/20 academic year, we supported Be Free YC. This local Oxfordshire charity offers support and advice dedicated to improving the lives and well being of young carers. They provide advice and guidance on caring issues, offer access to mentoring and peer support and enable young carers to meet, socialise and have fun. Over the year we have managed to raise over £8,000.
In addition we continue to support The Gatehouse in Oxford, who provide vulnerable and homeless adults with food, warmth and company for a couple of hours each day. Pre-Prep donate their produce from the Harvest Festival and as a whole school, we donate presents of warm clothes and chocolates at Christmas. In partnership with the Nasio Trust and Abingdon Rotary Club we also sponsor four children from Kenya through their education.
Throughout the year we hold many fundraising events, including a charity-themed home clothes day, a silver coin trail and sponsored swim. In addition, our Year 7 boys take part in a Dragon’s Den style challenge and create their own companies and as budding entrepreneurs they turn over very impressive profits, 100% of which is donated to our charity – clearly philanthropic entrepreneurs! However, the most popular event is always The Great APS Bake Off. The boys show some very competent culinary skills when cooking independently at school but the most enthusiasm is always reserved for the tasting.
Due to the current circumstances with Covid-19, we will continue our support for Be Free YC this year.