Charities & Community Service


Charitable fundraising is a key focus of the Colfe’s family. In the last academic year we raised a record £100,000.

Pupils, staff, parents and past pupils contribute. In addition to whole-school activities, each House proposes and votes on which charity they wish to support each academic year. In return, pupils develop a real sense of social responsibility and concern.

See how we did it:

A Celebrity Gala Dinner organised in conjunction with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation (over £66,000 raised for the Foundation itself, the Teenage Cancer Trust and The Opwall Trust)

Our ongoing relationship with Kotu Senior Secondary School in The Gambia (£19,000 last year alone for construction and running costs at the school).

Parties of staff and students from Colfe’s have travelled annually to The Gambia to help with some of the unskilled work.

Non-uniform days (£3855 split between Cancer Research UK, The National Autistic Society, Jeans for Genes, Make a Wish, The Ben Herring Trust and Meningitis Now)

Colfe’s Classics teacher Mrs Naomi Herbert ran the London Marathon (£2530 for the Anthony Nolan Cancer Charity)

Sport Relief (£1510 from two events: the Sport Relief Mile, in which Senior School pupils were sponsored to run around the school fields; and ‘swim the channel’, where members of the lower school swim-squad swam a combined distance of 23 miles)

House activities (over £1000 for a variety of charities: read more)

The Three Peaks Challenge, undertaken by a group of Old Colfeians and parents in memory of Colfeian Adam Stuart (£8131 for Meningitis Now)

Dodgy moustaches grown by members of staff (£740 for Movember: research into prostate and testicular cancer)

Singing Christmas carols in Lewisham Shopping Centre, an annual tradition of the Music department (£688 for St Christopher’s Hospice) Annual poppy appeal (£529) Colfe’s Maths teacher Mrs Olivia Hamidzadeh held a coffee morning (£110 for Macmillan Nurses)