In January 2020, RSAcademics conducted a survey of Corporate Social Responsibility activities of schools and colleges in the Alpha Plus Group, on behalf of the Group. Here are some highlights:

  • £ 800,000 raised for charities last year: 71% of this went to local charities
  • Over 80 charities supported by our different schools, some examples:
WIRES (Australian wildlife rescue) St Cuthberts Jeans for Genes Salvation Army Save the Children
Majajani School Wood Street Mission Water Aid Barnados  Hurricane Appeal
Rugby Portobello Trust Stand By Me Ronald McDonald House  Church of the Village One Sandwich at a Time
Treats for Troops Memorial Sloan Kettering Rwanda Aid Roald Dahl Children’s Charity Church of the Annunciation
United World Schools Poppy Appeal Evelina Children’s Hospital Tonbridge Food Bank Mayor’s Toy Appeal
Children in Need Bishop Creighton House Bloodwise NSPCC Blind Veterans
Wrap Up  London Lifeboat Appeal GOSH Red Nose Day The Harrow Club
Cancer Research Book Aid International Lyla Nsouli Foundation Rhino Conservation Botswana Skylarks
British Heart Foundation The Gift Of Love Homeless Charity Oasis Food Bank Charity Waterloo Soup Kitchen Trinity Hospice
World Wildlife Fund Breast Cancer Awareness St. Matthew’s Community Café Ealing Food Bank
  • 39 community projects supported and 36 community events hosted in our schools last term
  • 94% of our schools are part of an accredited award scheme or programme with a community service element
  • Community Projects examples:
The Minors Christmas Appeal – collection of new toys which are distributed to disadvantaged families within the local borough Carnegie Hill Neighbours – daffodil planting, local community after school club, local clean-up of parks in the local area, hosted the CHN annual meeting
Tunbridge Wells Mayors’ Toy Appeal Tonbridge foodbank
Bishop Creighton House – annual collaboration Bloodwise – annual collaboration
Wooden Spoon  Oasis Charitable Trust – working with Rev’Steve Chalke MBE and his team
Local multicultural street fair Students volunteer as helpers in a variety of roles
St. Matthew’s Church – fundraising and donating Singing with FiSH choir
Performing at Barnes Music Festival  Carol singing at Putney Exchange Shopping Centre
Link with Paddock Primary School for children with learning disabilities Ealing Food Bank – Harvest Festival Donations
Friends of Harvard Hill – involved in tree planting Autism Bedfordshire – fundraising
Euston Food bank – food item collection Livingstone Trust – biannual expedition
  • 100% of schools integrate elements of social responsibility in their Curriculum
  • Over 80 speakers visited our schools to discuss CSR with pupils in the Spring term 2020

Some examples of how our schools raise funds:

  • Eco sales
  • Purchasing sustainable products
  • Contributions to charitable appeals
  • Donating toys
  • Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children
  • Charitable donations via Just Giving page
  • Organising Summer Fayre – with profits going to school charities
  • Organising fund raising dinners
  • Book drive to replenish local libraries
  • Spring Toy Sale
  • Parent pantry for Ronald MacDonald
  • Harvest Appeal Christmas boxes
  • Wrap Up for London
  • Planting daffodils
  • Sandwich making for the homeless
  • Salvation Army Christmas present appeal
  • Old uniforms sent to Kenya
  • Food banks Litter picking

Our schools care about the environment too. Eco activities vary by school, but here are some common examples:

  • All printers are set to print in black and white by default
  • Paperless meetings
  • ‘Switch it off’ campaigns
  • Have motion-activated lights in all classrooms, corridors and open areas
  • Plastic bottles bans
  • Water taps are self-stopping
  • Recycling bins are located around the school, including batteries
  • The school community recycles/donates clothes through an organisation
  • Engage in a school travel plan which reduces the
    carbon footprint
  • Meat-free days scheme or similar
  • Walk to school days
  • Has a school planting programme e.g. planting bee-friendly plants, planting trees etc