QEGS supports a variety of local, national and international charities and good causes each year, and takes its fundraising role very seriously.
Engaging in fundraising activities enhances pupils’ sense of awareness of others less fortunate than themselves, to take with them into later life. The School’s Charities Committee is represented by pupils from all year groups, who work alongside the Director of Charities and Community Service and other members of staff. The school not only responds to National and International campaigns, but also embraces individual initiatives suggested by pupils. Where possible, links are made within the curriculum to educate pupils about the cause and effect of the work of many charities.
Sixth Form students can take part in Community Service on Wednesday afternoons. This includes volunteering in local junior schools, Pinderfields Hospital or Wakefield Hospice. The school also has a strong relationship with the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) in Wakefield which supports the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged in the Wakefield District. The annual ‘Staff Sleep Out’ raises significant funds each year for this local charity.
Funds are raised throughout the year through different events and activities, and where possible fundraising initiatives link into major school expeditions. Individuals or groups of students are welcome to suggest fund raising initiatives, as this provides a great opportunity for them to demonstrate leadership and organisational skills whilst helping those less fortunate than themselves.