Above & Beyond – Contributing to the Community
We see Loughborough Endowed Schools as part of the wider local community. That’s why we constantly aim to share our resources, facilities, experience and expertise to benefit others wherever we can, without affecting the education of our pupils.
Sharing our educational experience
We continue to widen access to our education resources, by bringing independent and state school communities together. The exchange of ideas and the opportunity for pupils to learn and work together is mutually beneficial. This year, we’ve made the following events free of charge and available to pupils and teaching staff from local state and independent schools:
- Fortnightly master-classes in Science, Maths and Modern Foreign languages for local primary schools at Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough High School – approx. 120 delegate pupils per session.
- Annual Gifted and Talented Science workshops for local primary schools at Loughborough Grammar School.
- Senior Loughborough Grammar School pupils act as classroom assistants on a weekly basis to Ashmount School, which specialises in teaching pupils with special educational needs.
- Senior Loughborough Grammar School pupils visit local primary schools weekly to assist with Maths and Computing teaching.
- Annual ‘Mini Beast’ workshop during Insect Week for local primary schools by Loughborough Grammar School teaching staff.
- Art and Design classes for pupils with special educational needs at Loughborough High School.
- Ceramic workshop for Brookside School (state primary) run by a Loughborough High School member of staff.
- EMACT Sixth Form Classics conference hosted at Loughborough High School. Around 112 students from across the country attend a one-day event of lectures and seminars.
- Local secondary school joined a workshop by a visiting theatre company at Loughborough High School.
- Partnership between Loughborough High School and Loughborough C of E Primary School to deliver cookery lessons to Year 6 pupils.
- Humphrey Perkins and Limehurst School pupils attend performances each term by Onatti Productions who provide foreign actors in productions aimed at modern foreign language skills development.
- Pupils from De Lisle College and Charnwood College attend AS/2 preparation days at Loughborough High School (subsidised attendance).
- Local schools are invited to attend Spanish AS/2 examination preparation days at Loughborough High School.
- Classics Day for adults from the local community jointly delivered by Loughborough Grammar School and Loughborough High School.
- 300 science text books donated to East Leake Academy by Loughborough High School.
- Our Lady’s Convent School sixth formers deliver assemblies at five local primary schools.
- Our Lady’s Convent School offers free workshops (including forensics, fossils and bridge building) on STEM for local primary schools.
- Our Lady’s Convent School ran an animation and coding competition on the subject of British Values.
Sharing our expertise
- Fairfield Preparatory School hosts many competitions for local schools such as the Leicester Chess Championships and the Eurotalk regional qualifiers.
- Fairfield Preparatory School also welcomes around 12 students annually from Loughborough College, particularly those studying for their NVQ qualifications. We also assist students with data collection, lesson observations and questionnaires.
- Loughborough Grammar School supports PGCE students from Loughborough University.
Sharing our music facilities
The Loughborough Endowed Schools Music School supports many local events by providing choirs and musicians with attendant staff free of charge, often in the evenings and at weekends. These contributions have become an established and vital part of community events over the last 15 years, including the following events:
- Annual opening of Loughborough Fair, Christmas programme and Christmas lights
- VSU Carol service – special performance of Loughborough High School carol service and tableaux for elderly local residents
- VSU sing-along followed by afternoon tea
- Remembrance Day sing-along
- Ashmount School (state) school concert
- All Saints Parish Church Christmas Tree festival
- Carols for Syria
- Local shopping centre charity performance
- Enrych Charity Concert
- Singing Workshops (five afternoons each year)
- Concerts for a Cause
- Kindergarten music classes
In addition, The Loughborough Singers, comprising of current and former staff, parents, pupils and alumni, give public appearances including a recent performance by 400 voices of Mozart’s Requiem at Leicester De Montfort Hall. We’ve also established The Unity Choir at the Falcon Centre (which supports those who have experienced homelessness).
At Loughborough Remembrance Day parade, our CCF squadron contributes around 250 pupils and 15 staff, plus the Corp of Drums in the parade and service at the Carillon war memorial.
Sharing our sports facilities
We currently help 27 local clubs and societies use our sporting facilities – some of which have free use, and others pay a small subsidised fee. Ranging in user age groups and abilities – from swimming to over 40s football, local cricket, rugby, netball, and badminton groups:
- Fairfield Preparatory School organises many sporting events for local state schools such as Years 5/6 Netball and Years 3/4 Football tournaments, as well as the Loughborough Town Sports Athletics event (held at Loughborough University for local primary schools).
- Robbie’s Rugby Festival is held at our playing fields in Quorn as a five-day fundraising event for two local youth charities – it’s the largest rugby tens event in the Midlands, helping raise over £11,000.
- Loughborough High School pupils are involved as Sports Leadership volunteers at Ashmount School.
- Loughborough High School provides free facilities and refreshments for the Local Festival of Sport, PE Festival (U12, U13, U14 and U15), and annual U12 hockey tournament for local schools.
Sharing our other facilities
We make our grounds and facilities available, free of charge, to local groups, societies and charities (many on a weekly basis) throughout the year, including the following:
- Royal British Legion for training
- Territorial Army – weekly use of a Sports Hall & swimming pool
- National Children’s Orchestra examinations
- Loughborough Felons’ annual dinner
- Rainbows Children’s Hospice fundraising event providing two staff
- Loughborough Badminton Club
- Leicester Coritanian Athletic Club
- Leicestershire County Cricket Club
- Junior Development Centre (Hockey)
- England Cricket Board Deaf Cricket
- Rotary Regional Young Musicians
- Loughborough Badminton Club
- National Children’s Orchestra
We also offer a reduced charge to the following organisations:
- Leicester Tigers Rugby club camp
- Loughborough Cricket Club
- England Hockey
- Local exercise group
We continue to make our premises available to the public for hire, including 13 weddings held in Loughborough Endowed Schools’ venues last year alone.