Community Service

Our Lower Sixth Formers work really hard throughout the year to give something back to the community surrounding Eltham College. They show a great amount of commitment and their efforts are widely appreciated among the local community year on year.

All community service projects are varied, from bringing the community together with Music and Art, to physically helping with manual labour and repairs, to mentoring GCSE students at local state schools, to supporting nearby charity shops and care homes.

We hold an annual Senior Citizens’ party where we are joined in our summer marquee by over 150 guests who enjoy an afternoon of music and cakes as well as a general knowledge quiz. Primary Schools are invited onsite for a party day with various organised activities and games.

We are able to make good use of Gerald Moore Gallery by inviting local primary school children for art-based workshops and some of our talented musicians perform several concerts to various retirement homes throughout the year.


Eltham College has over 900 students and over 100 members of staff, with many more Old Elthamians, friends and family. It would be inappropriate for us to ignore what is happening in the world and not to try to help people less fortunate than ourselves.

For us it is not just a question of raising funds, but raising awareness and education are equally important. For this reason, many of the charities provide speakers who address students in PSHE lessons, or in assembly, to give an informative talk on the problems faced and how their money will be spent.

During the 2018/19 school year, over £9,000 was raised for various charities including:

  • Own Clothes Days for Teenage Cancer Trust, Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer
  • Poppy Appeal for Royal British Legion
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • Whole School Cake Sale for BBC Children in Need
  • Staff Movember
  • Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children
  • Livingstone Charity Day for Papyrus
  • Chalmers Charity Day for Crisis at Christmas
  • London Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Care
  • “Chinbrook” Run for Wooden Spoon
  • House Charity Days for International Needs UK child sponsorship

An additional £8,953.48 was raised for International Needs UK, a charity that we have partnered with since 2017, to help and support local communities in Buikwe, rural Uganda. Through a combination of charity events held during the school day and individual fundraising by students who had the opportunity to visit Uganda, we have been able to make a huge impact in Buikwe. More information about this partnership can be found here.