Our three schools, Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace of John Whitgift, are dedicated to supporting Croydon and the surrounding Borough through a wide range of community initiatives. Students from all three of our schools also regularly help out or provide entertainment to residents at our three care homes. This section gives a brief overview of our schools’ work in the community. More detailed information can be found on each school’s website.
The School’s facilities are used by a number of local community groups. The innovative Whitgift Primary Project scheme brings over 55 local primary schools to Whitgift throughout the year, with each school enjoying a week of lessons, extensive use of the facilities, teaching and coaching expertise, as well as the opportunity to pursue co-curricular activities. The School also sponsors a number of other educational schemes which go out to local primary schools. Sixth Form pupils undertake Community Service, with the School’s thriving charity club raising hundreds of pounds for numerous charities year after year.
Trinity recognises that its students have an important part to play in the wider world and that they should give something back to the community in which they live. Trinity won no less than three awards for its commitment to the local community at the 2012 Finals of the Croydon Community Civic Awards, including the prestigious School of the Year Award. This is great recognition for Trinity’s volunteering and community action programme which helps pupils to develop into well-rounded and caring young people.
Sixth formers at Trinity volunteer for a range of different organisations around Croydon for one day a week for at least one school term, benefiting the community on many levels. Third, fourth and fifth year pupils also spend a day volunteering each year, working as classroom assistants at primary schools, assisting on conservation projects, cleaning community centres and more. Visit the community action page of their website to find out more.
Old Palace of John Whitgift School
Like its location, Old Palace centres itself at the heart of Croydon and its students take part in many schemes throughout the local community. On Saturday mornings throughout the year, Old Palace opens its door to the wider community for free Masterclasses for Year 5 and 6 students. The sessions allowed students to experience the learning environment in Music, Drama, Dance, Science, Mathematics, Sport, and Modern Foreign Languages.
Other schools are also welcomed into Old Palace for a large number of initiatives including STEP Mathematics, Music workshops, Tudor History Days and sporting challenges to name a few.