Our strong sense of community and responsibility towards each other extends well beyond the School’s boundaries with a shared commitment amongst staff and pupils to play our part in the world and learn from the experience.
Pupils are actively involved in supporting local, regional and global initiatives through volunteering, charity work and collaborative projects. Our pupils gain perspective and begin to define their societal responsibilities.
Partnership activities provide opportunities to our pupils to use their talents, and develop their personal qualities for the benefit of others. Caterham School is proud to be actively engaged in partnerships, educational initiatives and projects with other schools in the UK and abroad.
We have been a driving force behind the foundation of The London Academy of Excellence (LAE) Sixth Form College in Stratford, East London, an area where Sixth Form academic opportunities were previously limited. Teachers and pupils across the two institutions support each other with regular visits and collaborations.
We also support Kingsford Community School in Becton and other local schools in and around Caterham. Students from Caterham conduct work experience at Kingsford every year assisting with the delivery of lessons, and helping with the organisation and conduct of sports days and educational visits.
This year a group of our fourth years have formed a Young Enterprise company in partnership with pupils from de Stafford School. They have successfully set up a company selling stationary products in the local school population.
Pupils from Clifton Hill School (a Surrey school for young people with severe and profound learning difficulties and autism) come to our Sports Hall to participate in sporting activities and games planned and carried out by our Lower Sixth students. I the summer term our students organise the Clifton Hill sports day here at Caterham.
Lower Sixth students have visited Lerang’ wa primary school in rural Tanzania annually for the last ten years. Our students conduct lessons in English, music, sport and art working in collaboration with the Lerang’ wa teachers. Money raised in our school community has been used to improve the infrastructure at the school; building staff accommodation, a kitchen and toilets for the students amongst other things. We currently support the Lerang’ wa students by raising money to supplement their diet.
We have recently formed a partnership with the Casa Xalteva educational shelter in Nicargua. A group of our students visited the shelter in 2016, living in the community, practicing their Spanish and contributing to the educational activities. Money raised at Caterham will be used to sponsor one of their first generation of residents who is progressing to University. She will be in regular touch with our Spanish students.
We have a long standing partnership with the Western Reserve Academy School in Ohio, USA. Annually a group of students engage in an exchange program with our students hosting the Americans for two weeks in the summer term, and then visiting Ohio in the ‘Fall’. The trip takes on a political flavour as the group visit Washington and have privileged access to one of the Ohio senator’s offices.