Charity fundraising is a huge part of everyday life at Knightsbridge School.
Knightsbridge School has three main charities which it supports every year: The Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Knightsbridge School Educational Foundation (KSEF) and Place2Be. The Royal Hospital is used by our children for sports lessons. Representatives and pensioners attend our Remembrance Service and fundraisers, and we ask all parents to join it as friends as there are lots of activities and events.
The KSEF provides two 100% bursaries a year for local students who cannot afford the school fees. KS parents (50%) and Directors (50%) fund through donations/dinners/fundraisers and these children are funded from 11 till they leave their future senior school at 18.
Place2Be is our in house counselling service for KS children, staff and parents. We are pioneers as the first private day school to have it and received a special award in October from the Duchess of Cambridge.
As well as this, each year the school selects a charity for each of the three sections (Foundation Stage, Junior School, Senior School) of the school, which are supported for the whole academic year by the children. This raises awareness and gives the children the opportunity to really understand the cause they are raising money for and allows the school to support a variety of worthy causes. In the final year, the S8 children work closely with the The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and also helps support their Summer Sparks programme.
Knightsbridge School as a whole has a close relationship with The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, which provides support for important local causes. We are one of the Founding Patrons and support many of their local charities.
The school, its pupils, and its Parents Association take part in many charitable initiatives each year: Jeans for Genes Day, World Book Day, RNLI, Remembrance and World Mental Health Day. There are a number of exciting bake sales, movie nights, fashion shows, discos, entrepreneur events as well as a whole school sponsored walk in Hyde Park. The children thoroughly enjoy all of the fundraising events throughout the year, and we are always so impressed with their charitable spirit and determination to raise funds both inside and outside school. Many of them gift their birthday money or undertake triathlons, funruns or lemonade selling to support their chosen charities.
The KS choir also sing each year at local sites in the community: St Pauls Church – who we have raised over £250,000 in the last 10 years, Royal Hospital and Linley (Mayor’s Charity). Last year we also held a concert for the Nepal Earthquake which raised £20,000, which helped to rebuild a local church and community area.