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Community Action and Service

Community Action and Service

The importance of community and service is a central aspect of a Radley education. All boys are helped to become aware of their social responsibility and opportunities when arriving in the Shells. Over the years we have built community partnerships helping boys to become involved at a local and international level.

Many partnership opportunities within our locale have been developed through our long-established Community Action & Service Programme. Boys volunteer in senior and primary schools, local care homes, hospitals, foodbanks and other charitable organisations.

Through our promotion of community action and service we aim to:

  • develop a deeper sense of social responsibility in Radley boys through their greater awareness of wider society
  • develop social skills of the Radley boys by broadening their experience of and engagement in the local community
  • develop specific skills of the Radley boys depending upon the community work undertaken (eg. gardening skills)
  • provide useful volunteering help to our partners in the community

Our community actions projects and partners currently include:

  • Concert parties involving groups of musicians preforming for the elderly at residential care home and chatting over a cup of tea
  • Working as volunteers at local Primary and Secondary schools
    • Fitzharrys Secondary School (latin teaching)
    • St, John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Oxford (maths mentoring)
    • Radley Primary school (learning support & chess club)
    • St. Swithun’s Primary School (learning support)
    • St. Nicholas Primary School (chess club)
    • Kingfisher School (specialist school for learning difficulties)
    • Windale Primary School, Oxford (maths mentoring)
    • Orchard Meadow Primary School (maths mentoring)
    • Edclub actiing as educational mentors via Skype to street children in Nairobi
    • Newman Catholic College, Brent (academic coaches)
  • Macintyre Trust, supporting adults with learning difficulties
  • John Masefield House
  • SOFEA, Didcot Food Bank distribution & education centre
  • Litter clearance in Abingdon with AbiBinit
  • Gardening at Littlemore Church, St James’ Church, Radley and for local residents
  • Headway Oxfordshire, gardening projects at the centre supporting those suffering with brain injury
  • Oxfordshire Youth, developing charitable and local outreach projects
  • Peachcroft Farm, Radley

International Community Action Projects

Radley College has established an international school partnership with Gehandu School in Mbulu, Tanzania, which we have visited annually since 2012. Groups of boys from the 6.1 year 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 are able to visit, they are of genuine and considerable help to the communities with which we are working.

Partnerships
Gehandu
Mark Jewell
Mark Jewell
Politics Teacher, Head of Community Partnerships
At Radley: A Level Politics teacher, coach of football and tennis, lead Community Partnerships and our pioneering School Partnership with Gehandu in Tanzania. Likes: family life, running with my daughter, travel, Arsenal, West Wing, House of Cards, ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain, ‘The English Patient’ (film + book), Gabonese masks, Sri Lankan curries, view from Haputale, Monty Python. Dislikes: prejudice

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