Croydon Voluntary Action
During this time of national crisis, Whitgift is supporting the community in as many ways as we can.
A team of staff volunteer drivers are using our minibuses to collect and deliver food donations to the vulnerable in our community. Up to three minibuses with a rota of drivers are collecting food from local businesses or collection points and delivering this to the Croydon Voluntary Action hub. CVA is a membership organisation providing leadership and support to groups, residents and communities in Croydon. They are coordinating requests for help from vulnerable people, including the elderly who are self-isolating, or Schools where they have no provision for meals for keyworker children.
Visits to Whitgift House
Groups of students in the Lower School regularly make their way across the cricket field and through the side gate to spend time with our neighbours in Whitgift House.
Gathered together in the main lounge, the residents enjoy hearing poems written by the students on the theme of Remembrance Day, renditions of popular songs sang to acoustic guitar, trumpet solos, piano recitals - in fact any hobby or interest, new or old, is shared. The visit always includes time for a chat, and sometimes even a slice of cake. Residents talk fondly of earlier visits and the students that they have met over the years.
Lower Sixth Form volunteers
A group of 30 students have received training and have committed to volunteering at local schools and care homes. Once a week they attend their volunteering placement to assist with activities such as listening to primary pupils read, helping to serve lunch to residents or facilitating school council meetings.
GCSE revision sessions
St Andrew’s CofE School in Croydon is closing in Summer 2020 and small groups of their last cohort of Year 11 students have been receiving GCSE revision support, delivered by our staff and supported by our Sixth Form students.
Duke of Edinburgh volunteering
In the academic year 2018/19, Whitgift students volunteered for over 3,800 hours. The School is proud to have the largest number of students achieving Gold DofE awards in the London Borough of Croydon.
For the past 3 years Whitgift School has supported the NSPCC by opening our gates for them to hold an Open Garden to raise funds. This is always a delightful event, with the School and Catering Teams working closely with the local NSPCC committee. In the previous few years at least £1,500 has been raised from entrance fees and sale of cakes.
Whitgift aims to make a significant difference to the lives of those in Croydon and the wider area, through education, community action and encouraging the value of service for all our students. We hope that within the next few years many more members of the Whitgift community will be engaging with others locally in a mutually beneficial way.
Director of Partnerships and Community