The College has a strong history of supporting charities and raising large amounts of money for the local community as well as for national and international causes.

Charity and community service form an integral part of the Bradfield Diploma with pupils tasked with identifying specific charitable causes, setting up the means of fundraising and then carrying out the collecting themselves.

In recent years, this has taken the form of colour run's, art exhibitions, music events as well as smaller boarding house events or projects undertaken by individuals within the pupil body.

Charitable aims

Bradfield's charitable aims are to:

  • help make a difference to the quality of life of others
  • promote awareness of both global and local charities
  • empower the students to take ownership of decisions concerning chosen charities
  • encourage initiative and enterprise within the student body.

Charitable activities

Every year, we support the Send a Cow charity at our Lenten Lunch. The College’s catering staff provided a frugal lunch of soup and bread, with the money saved from the usual meal time offerings going towards preventing poverty and hunger in Africa.

We also take part in Macmillan Coffee Morning and our Harvest Festival donations go to the West Berkshire Food Bank. Numerous other events are held to support other charities including Casual Clothes days, Candy Canes and ongoing collections of stamps, textiles, milk bottle tops, and printer cartridges.

Every summer we hold our Jazz on a Summer’s Eve event. 2017 was the event’s tenth anniversary, raising a record £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

We also promote the development of close charitable links with local primary schools and throughout the year run a programme of sporting events and academic enrichment days.

This has included cross-country, netball and cricket events and our Primary School Science Afternoon hosted in our state-of-the-art Blackburn Science Centre.

In 2015/16, the College raised:

  • over £4,000 for a testicular cancer charity for Movember
  • £3,545.92 for Hope for Tomorrow at our Jazz Evening
  • £1,167 for Care4Calais Refugees with our Christmas themed casual clothes day
  • £1,094.83 for MacMillan Cancer Support at our Coffee Morning
  • £1,094 for Helen and Douglas House and £1,294 for a water project in Rwanda at our College Carol Services
  • £913.36 for the British Legion selling poppies
  • £860.84 for Send a Cow through our Lenten Lunch
  • £448.44 at our Michaelmas Goose Charity Cafe
  • £366 for the Link Visiting Scheme via The G House Concert
  • £343 through the selling of Candy Canes
  • £320 for the Starlight's Children Foundation
  • £250 for SSAFA Armed Forces Charity through our Valentine's Day Carnations/Roses appeal
  • £174 for Action Medical Research through the sale of cream teas

We also donated:

  • 1.5 car loads of textiles and equipment to help migrants in Calais and Kos
  • 301.7kg of food to the West Berkshire Food Bank
  • 58 Shoe Boxes to the Samaritans Purse Appeal
  • clothes for the Air Ambulance

Charitable Partnerships

The College also acts a sponsor for Theale Green School, a local Academy School. We also support the Bradfield Club, which provides 200 young people in one of the most deprived parts of the country a space to get involved in a range of activities and learn new skills.

See our Charitable Partnerships page for more information.