Oundle’s Community Action has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths’ Awards for Community Engagement in recognition of the programme’s far-reaching impact. CA pupils will attend the National Final at Goldsmiths’ Hall in late June.

Following the first round questionnaire submission by former Head of Community Action, Liz Turnbull, a team of six pupils were invited to participate in the regional round. In front of a panel of six judges, pupils gave an online presentation and answered probing questions about the programme’s impact on pupils, the School and the community.

Nationally, only eight schools were selected from the regional rounds to proceed to the National Finals, when pupils will present their charitable, voluntary and community-based projects at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London.

The Awards were launched by Goldsmiths in 2018 to ensure that the often-unrecognised school-wide community activities receive the profile they deserve. The schools will compete for a gold medal (designed and donated by Fattorini & Co) and a cheque for £3,000. The runners up will receive a silver medal and £1,000, which will contribute to increasing the impact of their charitable activities.

The School’s Community Action programme works with a range of organisations, and involves over 50 staff members and 350 pupils who visit and support five different cares homes and twenty different schools, as well as thirty elderly hosts and fifty visitors, in addition to a wide variety of activities that aim to support the wider community.

Bea (W), Henry (StA), Joseph (L), Rory (B), Eden (N), Eliza (K)