Above & Beyond – Contributing to the Community
The following sections demonstrate how LES, through strategies adopted, resources invested and significant activities undertaken, has carried out/achieved its charitable purposes/objectives for the public benefit. This has been achieved through delivery by a range of representatives from across all four schools within the Foundation.
Sharing our educational experience
LES has continued this year to widen access to its educational resources and facilities, by bringing independent and state school communities together. This year LES has made the following available at no charge to benefit primary and secondary pupils, and teaching staff, from local state and independent schools:
- Masterclasses in Science, English, Maths and Modern and Ancient Languages for local primary schools held fortnightly at Loughborough Grammar School (LGS) and Loughborough High School (LHS). Involves approximately 120 delegate pupils per session and commits staff plus pupils to assist
- Annual Gifted and Talented Science workshops for local primary schools at LGS
- Senior LGS pupils act as classroom assistants on a weekly basis to Ashmount School, which specialises in teaching pupils with special educational needs
- Senior LGS pupils visit local primary schools weekly to assist with Maths and Computing teaching
- Annual ‘Mini Beast’ workshop run during Insect Week by LGS Teaching Staff for local primary schools
- Hosted annual visits to LGS to see drama productions for local primary schools and home-schooled children
- Local secondary school Rawlins Academy invited to send Y12 and Y13 pupils to view a production, and associated workshops, delivered by a visiting theatre company at LGS
- Provide annual Oxbridge mock interview experience for pupils from local secondary schools
- A biennial workshop and lecture delivered by author Caroline Lawrence for Thrussington Primary School and the Home Schooling Network
- Annual KS3 Art and Design classes for pupils with special educational needs at LHS
- Hosted the NCA Elliott Lecture for Classics at LHS for approx. 90 participants including LES pupils, parents and NCA members
- EMACT Sixth Form Classics Conference hosted at LHS. Students from around the country attend the one-day conference which involves around 100 pupils plus staff from 10 schools. Free facilities and staffing provided. The conference comprises of a day of lectures and seminars linked to AS and A Level specifications
- Partnership between LHS and Loughborough C of E Primary School to provide teaching staff to deliver cookery lessons to Year 6 pupils
- Humphrey Perkins School and Limehurst Academy pupils (state secondary schools) attended performances termly by Onatti Productions who provide foreign actors to perform in schools, aimed at modern languages skills development at LHS and LGS
- Pupils from De Lisle College and Charnwood College (state secondary schools) attend A Level preparation days at LHS (subsidised attendance)
- Classics Day for adults from the local community jointly delivered annually by LGS and LHS staff and pupils
- OLCS delivered free annual forensics workshop and invited pupils from local primary schools
- Art workshop provide by OLCS to which pupils from local primary schools were invited
- Outreach activities at OLCS also include a Pokemon Go Safety Coding session and competition
LES believes the exchange of ideas and the opportunity for its pupils to mix, learn and work alongside state pupils is mutually beneficial. These activities also advance LES’s broader educational aims and have an undoubted benefit for its pupils by developing their social skills and making them aware of the wider community beyond their own.
Sharing our expertise
Apart from the many masterclasses and other educational activities delivered by teaching staff and pupils at the senior schools a variety of additional training and support based educational activities are also undertaken and include contributions from Fairfield Preparatory School (FFD). This year these activities are:
- PGCE students from Loughborough University are supported at LGS
- LGS staff involved in external examinations as team leaders and assistant examiners
- Host unit under the central government Cadet Expansion Programme. LGS involved in mentoring and partnership as the host school within the Programme, assisting Leicester College in setting up their own Combined Cadet Force
- FFD hosted many educational based competitions for local schools such as the Leicestershire Chess Championships and the Eurotalk regional qualifiers.
- FFD welcomed representatives from the Schools’ Outreach Project. Activities included interactive assemblies, Bible Explorers Group, visits to local churches and workshops
- Around twelve students from Loughborough College, particularly those studying for their NVQ qualifications, visit FFD annually to undertake placements
- FFD staff assist Loughborough University students with data collection, lesson observations and questionnaires as part of the dissertation research projects
- LGS and LHS staff support non-specialist teaching staff to aid the introduction of Latin within a local group of Academies
Sharing our music facilities
The LES Music School supports many local events by providing choirs and musicians with attendant staff free of charge, often in the evenings and weekends. Many of these contributions have been made over periods of 10 to 15 years and, therefore, are an established part of community events.
- Annual opening of Loughborough Fair
- Annual opening of the town’s Christmas programme
- Annual switching on of Loughborough Christmas lights
- Voluntary Service Unit (VSU) Carol service – a special performance of the LHS carol service and tableaux is given for elderly local residents
- LHS and LESMS staff run a Community Choir weekly at the Falcon Centre with homeless and disadvantaged members of the local area
- VSU sing-along followed by afternoon tea for local elderly residents and local schools.
- All Saints Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival
- Local shopping centre charity performance
- Christmas Eve charity performance in the town centre by OLCS Choir
- Singing Workshops for the general public in the summer vacation (small charge)
- Chamber Music Recital
- Lunchtime concert at Leicester Cathedral
- Musicians supplied to support National Armed Forces Day activity
- Project 5000 Carol sing-a long
- Public Christmas music concert
LES run an established a local choir known as the ‘Loughborough Singers’ which brings together current and former staff, current and former parents, pupils and alumni to sing together for pleasure, and to give public appearances which included a performance by 400 voices of John Rutter’s ‘Magnificat’ at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
This year Y8 pupils from LHS supported the Emmanu’EL Apostolic Gospel Academy (EAGA) Choir by inviting them in to talk to the school and sing/drum to raise awareness and funds for the rebuilding of a community centre in Saffron Lane, Leicester.
Sharing our sports facilities
LES encourages wide use by local clubs and societies of its sports facilities. LES currently has 27 such organisations, some of which have free use, and others pay a small subsidised fee. These are wide-ranging in user age groups and abilities through swimming lessons, over 40’s football to local cricket, rugby, netball and badminton groups.
LGS hosted a number of competitions including County Cup tournaments, Regional RFU matches and events for the English Schools Cricket Association.
Fairfield organises many sporting events for local state schools such as Years 5/6 Netball and Years 3/4 Football tournaments, a Tag Rugby competition for local rugby clubs, as well as the Loughborough Town Sports Athletics event which is held at Loughborough University, for the benefit of local primary schools.
This year saw another successful hosting of the Robbie’s Rugby Festival at our playing fields in Quorn. It is a fundraising event for two local youth charities, and the largest rugby tens event in the Midlands. LES make its facilities available for five days, setting up pitches, infrastructure, car parking etcetera for the two-day event at no charge. We donate much of the infrastructure, plus the time and expertise of around 30 staff and pupil volunteers. Again this year the contribution of time and facilities helped the two charities raise in excess of £17,000 jointly.
LHS pupils are involved as Sports Leadership volunteers at Ashmount School. In addition, LHS provides free facilities and refreshments to support:
- Local Festival of Sport competition
- PE Festival for U12, U13, U14 and U15 involving local maintained schools
- PE Primary School Festival inviting maintained primary schools, at which LES staff host and lead activities
- Annual U12 Hockey tournament for local schools
Sharing our other facilities
Throughout the year LES make its grounds and facilities available, free of charge, to local groups, societies and local charities, many on a weekly basis. These include:
- Classics Society – lectures
- Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows – weekly meetings
- Hathern Band Annual Concert
- LAMDA – examinations
- National Childrens’ Orchestra- auditions
- Rainbows Children’s Hospice fundraising event
- Rempstone Village Fundraising Committee – Defence National Rehabilitation Centre Charity Concert
- Robbie’s Rugby Festival – free facilities, labour and project management
- Rotary Public Speaking Competitions hosted at OLCS
- Rotary Regional Young Musicians
- Rotary Youth Speaks
- Royal British Legion – for training and competitions
- Territorial Army – Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps – weekly use of a Sports Hall & swimming pool
- Scout Group – use of LGS Scout hut for weekly meetings
We also offer a reduced charge to the following:
- Charnwood Orchestra Rehearsal
- Leicester Tigers Rugby club camp
- Local exercise group
- Local Dance club – weekly sessions
- Local Netball club training
- Loughborough Cricket Club
- Loughborough Model Railway Club
- PACE Camp –school holiday camp run by local charity
- White Horse Wishing Well Ball
LES continue to make its premises available to the public for hire, and in the last year 8 weddings were held in LES venues, plus a number of other private events.
In addition to playing an integral part of many local events listed within the Music section, LES plays a significant part in the Loughborough Remembrance Day parade each year. The CCF squadron contributes around 250 pupils and 15 staff, plus the Corp of Drums. The squad takes a major part in the parade and service at the Carillon War Memorial, and leads a parade through the town.
LES provides many opportunities for its students to engage in volunteering within the local community. Activities include:
- 3000 hours of community service undertaken for a wide range of people, children and the elderly included, by LGS pupils undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
- LGS Chaplin supports worship in local churches, and is Chaplin to the Mayor of Charnwood
- A number of staff carry out additional voluntary professional roles within the community
LGS pupils in years 10 to 13 and LHS pupils can elect to do voluntary service for one afternoon per week, and undertake such tasks as volunteering in four local charity shops, visiting the elderly in three local care homes, visiting the housebound elderly and assisting at Rainbow’s Children’s Hospice. LGS organises an annual river cruise and lunch for senior citizens and this is supported by students. Contribution is made in time and effort to work on community projects, such as clearing undergrowth in local woodland.
Not only is LES proud of its connection, and support, within the local community it also supports schools globally. Programmes include:
- Staff and pupils from LHS fill show boxes with gifts for children around the world, collected and distributed by the Samaritan’s Purse Organisation
- Many LES staff sponsor uniforms for pupils at its link school Galpothawala Primary in Sri Lanka, a total of 137 uniforms were sponsored this year making it possible for these children to attend school
The Foundation supports the activities of the joint alumni association, ‘The Loughburians’. The Development Office maintain and populate the joint website www.loughburians.com, social media platforms and archives. Fellowship and career networking events are arranged on behalf of the association to alumni locally, nationally and overseas.