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We'll do anything for charity!

The School raises over £20,000 per year for chosen charities, which range from local to national and international. There are special links with a number of charity projects in Tamil Nadu in India to which students every year have the opportunity to travel, staying at a local Ashram. Near the Ashram there is a school which the students visit, and where they have the chance to teach the pupils and see the school in action. This school was started by Chigwell parents a number of years ago, and in order to raise funds, students take part in a number of activities every term which create a great sense of fun and achievement.

At school, pupils have the opportunity to join a Charities Committee which organises a range of events throughout the year, with the highlight being Charities Week. This takes place towards the end of the Michaelmas Term, and is entirely led by the pupils. Each Senior School house has a nominated day in which they try to raise as much money as possible through a variety of events, and the Junior School has a day for all year groups to join together in their efforts. The week culminates with a Non-Uniform Day.

Students are encouraged and supported in both fundraising and volunteering to help charity work, and many of our students have been motivated to plan their own activities. Not long ago one student raised £11,000 for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital by organising a sponsored walk from Buckhurst Hill to Great Ormond Street and another raised over £1,100 by arranging a charity gala evening for Haven House. Other students have gained wonderful experience as volunteers leading to careers in medicine and the caring professions. Late in the Trinity Term, all pupils take part in an activities week, which also gives pupils a chance to be involved in a wide variety of local community projects.  

Charity events over the past year have included;
• The 2014 Gala Evening raised close to £3,000 for the charity Smiles with Grace. The event was organised by pupils, and included musical and dramatic acts from students and teachers alike.

•​ In December 2014, The Chapel Choir led an excellent concert at Christ Church, Spitalfields to raise funds for Kids Inspire and Smiles with Grace. The theme of the concert was ‘Christmas Inspire’, and the event raised close to £13,000. The choir themselves have raised over £40,000 for charities over the last few years.

• Chigwell School took part in the Send a Cow scheme ‘Read to Feed’, as pupils age 4 – 18 spent two weeks being sponsored to read for pleasure. In total, the pupils raised £1,700, enough to provide two cows, goats and chickens to send to farms in Africa.

• The annual Eren Pars football match was again played with great spirit. Eren, who left Chigwell in 2009, sadly passed away in May 2012, and the match is played in his memory each year. A generous donation of £2,500 was given to Smiles with Grace, the charity chosen by the winning side. 

• The annual Smiles with Grace walk took place, with some 200 parents, pupils, staff and friends gathering to walk a 9 mile circuit. 
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• A 40 strong team of staff, parents and Old Chigwellians gathered to run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK. The team raised an exceptional £40,000 from this one event.

• The 2015 Smiles with Grace football match was played by Lower Sixth pupils against a Headmaster’s XI – which included TV presenters Ben Shephard and Bradley Walsh, Josh Wright, Andy Edwards and Yilmaz Aksoy of Leyton Orient, and Arsenal coach Neil Banfield. The match raised £7000 for Grace’s charity.

• The Pre Prep’s Charity Breakfast proved extremely popular, with over 70 families attending. The event was held in aid of Chigwell Riding Trust, and the pupils were delighted to present the Trust with a cheque for £2000.

• Further to this, a football and tournament session led by current Aston Villa midfielder joe Cole raised £150 for Chigwell Riding Trust.

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• The 2014 UV prom, also organised entirely by year 11 students, raised £800 for Smiles with Grace.

• Charities Week 2015 raised approximately £4500 - entirely through the students efforts across the school. 

As a result, Chigwell raised over £100,000 during the past couple of years.


Smiles with Grace is a charity which was set up by Chigwellian Grace Boxall in 2011. After recovering from a brain tumour diagnosed in 2007, Grace was determined to give back to the community and those who helped her, particularly at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Tragically, Grace passed away in 2014. Since then, Chigwell School has continued to support her charity and her memory, and many of the events organised are done so by her friends still at Chigwell. To date, the charity has raised nearly £90,000 and is currently sponsoring a project at GOSH. For more information, visit


  • Friday 2nd October 2015 - Charity Gala Evening

  • Wednesday 14th October 2015 - Eren Pars annual football match 

  • Week beginning Monday 7th December - Charities Week

  • Friday 11th December - Non uniform day 

Each year, the Tim Pruss Prize is awarded to support students who wish to carry out charitable work overseas which will benefit others and the students themselves.  The prize is in memory of Tim Pruss O.C. who sadly died in December 2005 at the age of 18.  In the summer of 2013, prize winner Jack Redmond travelled to India.

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Highly commended in summer 2013 were Zach Bacon and Kirthana Selvakumar who helped build a library for an orphanage in Sri Lanka.  Their PowerPoint and video give a flavour of their time there.

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If you are interested in becoming involved in our community and its charities programme, please contact the Revd Simon Paul on Your contribution would be most welcome.​​