Since our foundation in 1629, Chigwell School has been an educational charity and education remains the central activity of the School. However, pupils, staff and Old Chigwellians are committed to building on the charitable foundation of the School and playing their part in supporting the community. This support takes a number of forms:
• A growing number of pupils in Year 7 and above receive bursaries to enable them to attend Chigwell School. This means-tested financial support enables parents/guardians of children who would really benefit from a Chigwell education, but who would otherwise be unable to afford school fees, to send their children to the School. This support may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 100% on tuition fees, depending on the financial circumstances of applicants. Bursaries are advertised widely, including through the London Fee Assistance Consortium, and promoted to local primary schools.
• Chigwell staff work with colleagues from local schools to share expertise for mutual benefit.
• Chigwell is fortunate to have a large and beautiful site with some excellent facilities. Where possible, these are made available to local charitable organisations and other schools.
• Chigwell pupils carry out voluntary work for a variety of local charities and this is actively encouraged by the School.
• Each year, sixth form students carry out voluntary work overseas. The Tim Pruss prize is awarded to support one or more such project and the students give a presentation on their experiences to encourage others to do the same.
• Chigwell pupils raise money for a variety of local and international charities which are chosen by the Charities Committee, made up of staff and pupils.
• Each year, Chigwell staff, parents, friends as well as Old Chigwellians participate in the Royal Parks Half Marathon and together they have raised some £0.25m for Cancer Research UK.
• The Chapel Choir leads a Christmas Inspire service in Westminster each year in support of a charity.
• Annually, INSET for primary school art teachers is held at Chigwell. The music department works with primary school children in their schools and Chigwell is an ISFA focus school helping to develop football for girls and boys in local primary schools.
• A variety of competitions, exhibitions and festivals are held at Chigwell each year for local primary school children.
• Several Chigwell staff are GCSE or A level examiners.
• Chigwell is one of the schools that have helped establish the London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham and some departments work in partnership with LAET departments.
Further details are given in the Outreach Summary here: Outreach Work