Community and charity work
At King's, we maintain strong links with the local community and the wider world. King's pupils give time, energy and enthusiasm in order to help others.
Students on the Charity Committee organise money-raising ventures and initiatives such as the Old Folks' Party at Christmas or the Fort Royal Children's Party in the summer. Different Houses also raise money for charities, through cake sales or one-off events.
Every two years, all pupils and staff take part in a Charity Walk, raising a large sum of money for charities chosen by members of the school community. In alternate years, the School Fête also raises money for charities.
On Saturday mornings and as part of Key Skills on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, older pupils have the opportunity to do Community Service, working with local primary schools, with the elderly or in local hospitals. King's is proud to share its facilities with others when possible. Local primary schools are invited to take part in quizzes or sports tournaments.
At King's, we believe that pupils should have the opportunity to experience leading others. Within the House system members of the Sixth Form have daily contact with younger pupils. The House Prefects, led by the Heads of House, help the House staff run the House and ensure that there is good communication between adults and pupils.
All members of the Upper Sixth are invited to become a mentor to a member of a Year 7 class; the youngest and oldest pupils in the School gain a lot from this relationship. The Monitors, under the leadership of the Heads of School, play a vital role in helping the smooth running of the School. Apart from performing duties during the School day, they have a weekly meeting with the Headmaster and the Deputy Heads, at which they are invited to share concerns and ideas about the School.
A variety of extra curricular activities, from sports teams to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme or CCF, also encourage the development of leadership skills. Finally, pupils of all ages are invited to attend the School Council, at which they are encouraged to put forward their views about the improvement of the School.
The King's Certificate
The King's Certificate for Skills and all-round Achievement provides a framework for all Lower Sixth pupils to flourish during this important year. Through discussions with pastoral staff, students set themselves five targets to achieve throughout the year. These targets provide challenge, interest and motivation and, importantly, are specific to the individual student. Students and their pastoral teachers review the progress to these targets and this is done through a portfolio. The Certificate also offers an opportunity for self-reflection. The Certificate is offered in partnership with the University of Worcester and the Chamber of Commerce. To achieve the Certificate, students need to meet their five targets during the course of the year. Students who do this should be well placed, in terms of skills and experiences, to approach the UCAS process and life beyond King's.
The targets cover five, important areas:
- Academic achievement
- Development of a new skill or interest
- Service to the wider community
- Demonstrating presentation skills
- Meeting a new challenge