Social Responsibility and the Environment

We aim to foster a ‘culture’ of social responsibility and thoughtfulness towards others. We encourage groups as well as individuals to be enterprising and to think how best we can help. In doing so, we also want to draw attention to the characteristics of those individuals and organisations whose vision, energy, compassion, dedication and generosity are already making a difference. We want pupils to understand that being charitable is not solely about financial gestures, but about an attitude of awareness and genuine concern for the welfare of other human beings as well as animals, landscapes and buildings of collective worth. Our whole community is often involved; whether it is the pupils, teaching or non-teaching staff or families who come up with new ideas.

Our Charity Committee, comprised of boys and staff, meets regularly to help with the selection of charities to support and to implement new initiatives. This group is very much involved in the planning, organising and promoting of events. We also have an ongoing educational programme with visiting speakers.

Various community groups come to the school for events: local Church and Scout groups as well as local primary schools use our facilities free of charge and the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon starts and ends in our grounds. We have built close links with South Bucks Riding for the Disabled, Home-Start and a number of local homeless charities in our area. We also enjoy a wonderful relationship with Arbour Vale School and our children often come together for music and sporting events. Over the years our staff have provided academic support to the local schools and we have enjoyed hosting young people from as far away as Uganda through the sports charity TourAid.

Our international projects have enabled us to support vulnerable children in the townships of Malimba and Narobi, Africa and the favelas of Rio de Janiero. The Caldicott Caribbean Cricket initiative helps to finance coaching in schools and the boys send their used bats to children in the West Indies.