Radley College is not an island and being an active part of our local community has always played a large part in our ethos.
The highly successful Monday Activities programme in which all Fifth Formers (unless they continue with CCF) help with projects useful to the local community continues to go from strength to strength. From mid-September to mid-February, each Monday in term time, boys work in one of the community service groups. After time spent travelling, the work session is between one and one and half hours. The earliest group leaves Radley at 1.10pm and the latest returns about 4.20pm in time for evening lessons, which start at 4.40pm.
Aims of our Community Partnerships Programme
- To develop a deeper sense of social responsibility in Radley boys through a greater awareness of the wider society
- To develop the social skills of the Radley boys by broadening their experience of and engagement in the local community
- To develop specific skills of Radley boys depending on the community work undertaken (e.g. gardening skills)
- To provide useful volunteering help to our partners in the community
Projects currently include:
- Concert Parties (several groups of musicians visit residential homes for the elderly to perform music and chat over a cup of tea)
- Working as volunteers at local schools:
- Fitzharry's Secondary School (Latin teaching)
- St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Oxford (maths teaching)
- Radley Primary School (learning support & outside projects)
- St Swithuns Primary School (learning support)
- St Nicholas Primary School (chess club)
- Rush Common Primary School (maths for gifted pupils, chess club)
- Thomas Reade Primary School (after school coding club)
- Kingfisher School (specialist school for learning difficulties)
- Mary Hare (school for the deaf)
- The Art Room Charity at Oxford Spires Academy (planned from September 2015)
- Dog walking for local residents
- Gardening (Littlemore Church, Radley Church and local residents)
In addition, Radley College has established a partnership with Gehandu School in Mbulu, Tanzania, who we have visited annually since 2012. Groups of boys from the 6.1 year (year 12) fundraise for Gehandu and assist in the teaching of lessons during their stay. This follows two long-running overseas projects, a 6.1 teaching project in Romania and a 6.2 building project in Kerala, South India. As well as being extremely valuable to the boys who go on them they are of genuine and considerable help to the communities with which we are working.