Charity is fundamental to our ethos at Reading Primary and is taken up practically with vigour and enthusiasm at Focus Schools.  Students welcome the challenge of being actively involved in raising many thousands of pounds for such as RNLI, air ambulance services, Great Ormond Street Hospital, British Heart Foundation and Guide Dogs for the Blind, to name but a few.  Initiatives such as ‘walkathons’, charity bag collections and jumble sales are taken seriously by students during school hours and in their own free time.

Focus Schools recognise that they are set in communities and are committed to serve the community.  Focus students are given a responsible outlook towards humanity and through the school’s Current Affairs program understanding is enhanced as to events that have ramifications on a local, national and global scale.

The children held a Cake Sale after our concert in December 2017 and raised £150 for the RNLI and also raised £94.80 for Acorns Children’s Hospice at an SDL Market Day held at the Stoke Poges Campus in November.  In July 2016 the children participated in an ‘Ultimate Dodgeball’ challenge where they raised an impressive £919.92 for the British Heart Foundation – an event which was fun and increased their fitness at the same time!
In December 2014, the School Council suggested that we should try and raise some funds for their chosen charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. They organised a fun, yet educational activity in the form of a ‘Sponsored Spell’. 

On Friday 6th February, a representative of the RNLI, came to speak to the children and showed them a presentation – see pictures below.  They had fun trying on the oilskins that the lifeboat crew wear.  The children presented him with a cheque for £600 as pictured.

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