Pupils are exceptionally positive in their commitment to improving the lives of others and their outstanding charity work is hugely valued and supported enthusiastically by all.
Walthamstow Hall has a strong tradition of service and concern for others and the environment. An awareness of the wider world and community is fostered from Year 7 and students learn that their actions can make a difference in the UK and internationally.
At the start of each academic year compelling nominations are presented by students to their peers before a vote to decide the School’s main charity. Charity initiatives, like fund -raising concerts Wally Pop, Wally Stage and Screen contribute to the fund-raising for this charity over the ensuing twelve months. The School Charity for the 2019/2020 academic year is Alice’s Arc, a children’s cancer charity dedicated to funding research into finding a cure and less harsh treatments for Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Running alongside initiatives to support the School’s leading charity are established annual charity events including Jeans for Genes Day, Children in Need and Sport Relief.
Houses and Forms also identify and support other good causes each year and staff are also very much involved, participating in group and individual events to raise money for school charities.
Many Walthamstow Hall students undertake service in the local community as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. From November 2018, this concept has been extended to younger students through the introduction of Walthamstow Hall’s Active Adventure Award for Year 7 and 8 pupils.
In addition, the School has established links with a number of local organisations where students undertake volunteering work.
Kent Youth County Council
Walthamstow Hall has a strong record of Year 12 students being elected to the Kent Youth County Council where they represent the views of young people in the Sevenoaks District and campaign to make a difference in the local matters which most affect their peer groups.
St Johns’ Primary School
Walthamstow Hall has developed a strong working link with its nearest school neighbour, St John’s Primary, in nearby Bayham Road. St John’s pupils are regular guests at Walthamstow Hall events, for example at Science Week. They also make regular use of our facilities, using the swimming pool, a Science lab for lessons and The Ship Theatre for their school play and rehearsals. The majority of Year 12 students also volunteer at St John’s each week.
Every Summer Year 11 students host a tea party and afternoon of entertainment at School for the elderly residents of nearby Rockdale House. Students in Years 7 and 8 also visit residents, often giving a Drama performance too.
During inspection, older pupils showed outstanding collaborative skills when planning, preparing and running an afternoon tea party with entertainment for local senior citizens.