Young people can get a tremendous amount from volunteering their time and energy to organisations and our Volunteer’s Week set about bringing a range of opportunities to the forefront of our students’ minds.

This school year has already seen work with the National Arboretum and the National Caribbean Monument Charity, we have already staged House charity weeks for Acorns Hospice and the British Lung Foundation,, our on-going work with the Lichfield St Chard Rotary continues to make a difference, exciting projects with Arthur Price continue, community events at the Cathedral and beyond too, and much, much more besides.

This Focus Week sought to bring in further opportunities so a range of guest speakers and lunch-time stands and stalls meant a hectic week. This included Chris Kelly, Officer Commanding, 1206 (Mercian) Squadron Air Training Corps, for the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Riding for the Disabled, The Free Spirit Horse Memorial, Tasmin Turner, GETIN2IT Youth Sports Development Officer, from LDC, Rick Hill OBE from Support Staffordshire, Peter Buck, Engineering Director, from the Lichfield-Hatherton Canal Trust, and a range of internal advertisements and promotions.

We also staged a House Competition which had over 300 entries from students sending in examples of them volunteering and the prize draw is due to take place first week back – notwithstanding the House points allocated to every entry.

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Volunteering has an intrinsic good to it but it also helps to broaden life skills and add to a CV so we are keen for each and every one of our students to grab the opportunity to get involved. There are so many worthwhile organisations on our doorstep so this was a wonderful chance to get them all in and working with our students. Volunteering and community work is a big part of our school ethos and this special week showcased this tremendously.”