Values with purpose
Supporting community initiatives
As a School we like to be involved with the communities and projects that we support, recognising the value of sharing experiences and learning about different perspectives. We also recognise that financial support is often an important way to make a contribution and support communities in need.
Our LP Donate programme gives a focus for School and individual fundraising efforts, with initiatives often tied to our work with our established community and educational partners.
Our student-led charity, AMICUS, takes a leading role in developing campaigns and spearheading action.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Programme
CAS is a framework for experiential learning and is incorporated in the learning experience at Leighton Park. Years 7, 8 and 10 have two periods a fortnight. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students (Sixth Form) must develop a portfolio of CAS activities equivalent to 150 hours during the two-year period.
There are five goals:
- An appreciation of the potential of the human spirit.
- Knowledge, skill and understanding.
- An awareness of humanitarian issues across the world.
- A recognition that education imposes lifelong ethical responsibilities.
- Confidence in one’s ability to initiate and adapt to change.
The aim is to develop internationally-minded people, who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Leighton Park is the only school in England to have the iGCSE Global Perspectives as core programme, reflecting the importance we place on understanding other cultures and appreciating difference as vital skills for a more peaceful world. Students must complete a group project and students are encouraged to live up to the School’s Quaker values and ethos as part of this. Their imagination is the limit, as what they decide to do is only constrained by how big their team thinks. The Cambridge International exam board requires students to identify an aim, and then to work together to produce an outcome(s). The only thing their outcome can’t be is an essay.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award provides Leighton Park students with a fantastic opportunity to engage in all sorts of interesting and worthwhile activities. As part of their awards students need to complete a volunteering section, which involves giving back to the local community.
This year we have more Bronze participants than ever before and look forward to increasing social impact in our community. This year’s cohort have hit the ground running organising Covid-19 secure volunteering options such as, local litter picks, animal care, odd jobs for the elderly and becoming pen pals with care home residents.