At Epsom we want our pupils to understand the value of providing service to the community and come to appreciate that they can make a positive difference to society. Towards this end, the College has introduced a broad programme of Service in the Community from September 2013.
The College continues to honour and uphold its rich tradition of benevolence; John Propert originally founded the College as an act of charity to support the families of medical doctors who had fallen into need. The belief in charitable giving and support remains a central tenet of this community.
All 6th formers pursue some form of service: Many contribute to the work of the CCF or Duke of Edinburgh Scheme; others express their commitment to service by participating in the Service in the Community programme.
The ability to provide acts of service and kindness enhances our pupils' personal development and their efforts are appreciated by a wide variety of people who benefit from the support and service we are able to provide across a range of placements. Approximately 190 of our 6th form work within the programme. The variety of locations and the nature of the placements ensure that a virtuous circle is created as care and service is provided to people in need. Similarly, pupils develop a range of new skills and formative experiences.
Currently the programme embraces work in local primary schools, providing classroom assistance, support for school clubs and SureStart nurseries. We work with disabled groups at SeeAbility and Riding for the Disabled, assist the elderly with gardening through Banstead Horticultural Society and Age Concern and offer help at the local Food Bank.
Pupils undergo training to deliver language lessons in eleven different languages as well as acquiring ICT and programming skills to assist the young and old. Art groups work on designing murals for varying venues whilst music groups prepare for concerts for old people's homes and church groups.
The College Service in the Community programme makes a positive difference to our local community; it enriches the lives of our pupils and the lives of those who receive their support. Pupils learn, in every minute of every day, that this programme offers a form of education that is not found in a classroom but by active charitable engagement in the local community.
Follow the links below to learn more about students involved in the Service in the Community programme