Duke of Kent Pupils in the Community
Our pupils are active and fully integrated members of the local community, participating in community activities and volunteering to serve others.
You will find them poppy-selling in Cranleigh High Street prior to Remembrance Day, starring in the local panto, belonging to the Beavers, singing in a church choir, belonging to swimming, rugby, football and cricket clubs. We are proud of their contribution.
All senior pupils have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and have fulfilled the service element of the programme by serving their local community in a wide variety of ways: helping out at Cubs, volunteering in charity shops, visiting care homes and fundraising.
The School and the Local Community
We want to prepare our students to play a constructive and active part in their local community in adult life. Duke of Kent pupils are regularly involved in community events and visits including:
- Junior and Senior Chamber Choirs singing at the Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ in Cranleigh
- Pre-Prep Christmas Carols at Longfield Residential Home
- Shakespeare Schools Live at Leatherhead Theatre (pupils from Y4-11)
- G-Live Guildford Rotary Schools Combined Concert (pupils from Y3-11)
- A photography and narrative project with the residents of Longfield Residential Home, under the supervision of our Resident Artist, the photographer Giles Duley (January 2014)
- Senior artists exhibiting their work at Cranleigh Arts Centre
- Pre-Prep pupils visiting Cranleigh Library and St Nicholas’s Church
- Prep pupils visiting Cranleigh Post Office
- fundraising for the Fountain Centre, Royal Surrey Hospital
- Prep pupils visiting the Alexandra Bastedo Champions Animal Sanctuary
Duke of Kent staff are also keen to serve the local community and in the past two years have:
- Hosted visits from local schools interested in learning about our Forest School programme
- Run a masterclass in wildlife art with pupils from several local schools
- Hosted pupils from six local schools to masterclasses in Mathematics, Science, Literature and book illustration
- Provided advice for a local primary school on use of mobile technology in the classroom
- Opened our school to the local community for Children’s Literature Day (March 2013), Discovery Day – Maths, Science, Technology (September 2013), Hands on History Day (October 2014) Literature and Arts Festival (October 2015) and Challenge Yourself @ Duke of Kent School (October 2016)
We make our facilities available to local community groups out of term time on a non-profit basis whenever possible. From hosting local youth groups for sports and swimming to running a pop-up community internet café to opening our grounds for local charity events, we are always pleased to help when we are able to do so. Please contact the Bursar via the School Office for further information.
Our International Links
Mindful of the role our students will play in adult life as global citizens, we aim to educate them to be aware of, and engaged in, the world around them.
The Duke of Kent School curriculum includes many opportunities for pupils to develop as global citizens, from Pre-Prep’s flight simulation to Iceland to the Music Department’s samba orchestra to GCSE Geography students’ analysis of India’s population growth. In addition to these curricular experiences, our pupils have a wide range of international links and experiences.
We continue to have a rewarding link with St Joseph in Semur, France, with regular exchanges of information, sharing of cultural experiences and greetings between pupils of Y7 and Y8, last year using iPads to record video messages. This year pupils from Year 6 and Year 8 participated in BBC Commonwealth Schools online projects to share ideas with pupils around the world on the subjects of favourite foods and participating in a school council.
Several of our teachers have recently visited Uganda and shared their experiences with pupils, showing them how money raised by Duke of Kent School pupils for Link International and Hands for Hope has been used in Ugandan schools.
We celebrate European Day of Languages, promoting the importance of language study and enhancing pupils’ cultural awareness with a wide range of activities. Year 7 and 8 pupils have a trip in alternate years to Le Touquet, GCSE linguists have visited Paris and Barcelona, historians have been to the First World War battlefields in Belgium. The class of 2014 celebrated the end of their time at Duke of Kent School with a trip to Sorrento, getting ready for the challenges of A Level study.
Although Duke of Kent School has a long tradition of international links, these have usually been informal in nature. We are now working to formalise the work we do in this important area and gain recognition for the rich experiences enjoyed by our pupils. We aim to achieve the British Council Foundation International School Award by end of this year.