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Senior schools: giving back Charity work and volunteering greatly enhance students’ higher education and employability potential, with 73 percent of employers saying that they would rather employ someone with voluntary experience than someone without.*
Oundle School The Oundle School Community Action (CA) programme aims to cultivate a spirit of service and to encourage awareness of the needs of people from different sectors of society. Over 300 Fifth and Sixth formers participate in over 70 different activities on a weekly basis, including visiting and hosting people with special needs, children and the elderly, and participating in community groups and projects both in the immediate neighbourhood and beyond. A series of annual CA events includes a sponsored “SleepOut” in a Birmingham car park to raise funds for homeless young people, and “Have-A-Go Days”, when pupils host afternoons of fun activities for children and adults with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties. • Oundle School, Church Street, Oundle, PE8 4EE, 01832 277122, www.oundleschool. org.uk. Open Day: Monday 16 September. For an invitation, please contact the Admissions Office on 01832 277125 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leicester Grammar School Leicester Grammar School pupils put a lot of their time into supporting other pupils both locally and internationally. Many of them look to follow medical careers and, in preparation for this, they often engage in a prolonged period of volunteering, for example, helping in care homes, where they read to and befriend the elderly. Pupils engage in a diverse range of activities as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, such as collecting litter in the countryside, volunteering as life guards and acting as car-park attendants at charity events. They also raise a significant amount of money for local charities, including Hope Against Cancer and Rainbows, or for local churches. Further afield they have raised tens of thousands of pounds to build a new dining hall in a sister school in Pasua, Tanzania. • Leicester Grammar School, London Road, Leicester LE8 9FL, 0116 2591900, www.leicestergrammar.org.uk. Open Morning (for Leicester Grammar School and Leicester Grammar Junior School): Saturday 4 November, 9.30am–1pm.
Uppingham School Every Monday afternoon more than 150 Lower Sixth (Year 12) pupils take part in Community Service (CS). The value and importance of serving others is something at the forefront of Uppingham life, and the aim of the CS programme is to involve pupils in activities outside the school. From September 2017, the programme is extending to pupils in Years 10 and 11. Pupils choose one activity to commit to for the academic year, with the options including working with adults and children with disabilities, assisting in nurseries and running clubs in local primary schools, making home visits as part of the elderly-befriending scheme, visiting care homes, tending to local gardens and helping with rural conservation projects. • Uppingham School, Uppingham LE15 9QE, 01572 822216, www.uppingham.co.uk. Visiting Days: Saturday 16 September (Sixth Form); Saturday 30 September (13+); for more details please contact the Admissions Department on 01572 820611. * Timebank Survey, Association of Graduate Recruiters
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