At KSA, supporting the local community is of great importance to us; our school strives to better the area we serve by engaging not only with our young people but also with families, friends and local businesses/organisations. As such, we believe it is important for all students to be proactive themselves in helping support their local community through weekly volunteering. All Year 12 and Year 13 pupils are assigned a volunteering placement from the beginning of the academic year. Many of these placements involve students working within the school in younger year groups through tutoring or Junior Teaching Assistant rolls. Other placements allow students to offer their time outside KSA with local organisations, businesses or charities in need. For example, the school has a working relationship with Penfold Hub where students have run social activities including tea mornings and a monthly gardening club. Many of our students in Sixth Form organise their own volunteering placements outside of school time and we encourage students to continue with these placements as regularly as possible. For example, Nadia Ezbakh, a Year 13 pupil who plans to study Medicine at university, has organised care volunteering placements to not only give back to the local community but also to learn by exposing herself to the daily workings of the NHS.
As part of Discovery Week in the academic year 2016-17, all Year 12 students participated in a Community Day where they got the opportunity to volunteer all over the local area and in doing so, we have built many strong relationships with some extremely influential charities and organisations including the homeless charity Depaul and the charity Open Age which works with the most vulnerable elderly people within the community.