Community and Partnerships

As a former state grammar school, Colfe’s attaches great importance to widening participation and playing a full part in the life of its local community.

Abraham Colfe, our Founder, was Vicar of St Mary’s Church in Lewisham during the period of the English Civil War and we still attach great value to our historic links with the Borough of Lewisham, as well as with Greenwich. 

Colfe’s governors, a majority of whom represent the Leathersellers’ City Livery Company, welcome the closer interest which the Charity Commission has shown in the activities of independent schools.

How we make a difference through education 

We provide financial aid for bright pupils whose families would struggle to meet our fees, especially those pupils who qualify for free school meals.

Academic merit-based and means-tested Scholarships are available at the point of entry to the Senior School (11+) and the Sixth Form (16+).

Leathersellers’ Scholarships (fully-funded Sixth Form places). Up to 12 scholarships are awarded each year, supported by annual funding of approximately £275,000 from the Leathersellers’ City Livery Company. Past scholars have gained university places at Cambridge, UCL, Nottingham and Bristol, among others. We give priority to pupils in local comprehensive schools.

We support the borough of Lewisham in its drive to improve state education locally by working closely with a number of local state schools.  

Colfe’s teachers of Modern Languages run workshops for teachers and Year 10/11 pupils.

Colfe’s Science and Maths teachers run master classes for Year 10/11 pupils.

Colfe’s Classics teachers teach Latin to Year 10/11 pupils in weekly classses.

Pupils from partner schools participate in Colfe’s events, for example in an Oxford University Careers in Science Day, organized by a Colfe’s governor and supported by the Wellcome Foundation, and a Careers in Law Day in the Inner Temple, organized by the President of the Old Colfeians, who is a leading QC.

We run joint in-service training involving teachers from Colfe’s and Conisborough College.

Colfe’s Sixth Form students provide support in key curriculum areas, including Maths and English, at St James’s Primary School in Southwark.

Training and competitions in Debating are run for pupils in Year 8-10.

We share our experience of good governance.

Colfe’s Chairman of Governors and Headmaster both serve as Governors on the Board of the Leathersellers’ Federation, which comprises three state comprehensive schools.