Lord Shaftesbury's Legacy

Lord Shaftesbury's Legacy

The end of the winter timetable has seen a number of Shaftesbury Enterprise initiatives draw to a close for this academic year.

Successful reading programmes have taken place at five local primary schools. This work often involves assisting some of the children in our local community that have the greatest needs.


Our youngest pupils in the infant school have had the opportunity to enhance their reading, speaking and listening skills, through the dedication of the boys who have been visiting the school every Wednesday...Some of the pupils they supported are from the most vulnerable families in the school and the boys can only be praised for the kindness and sensitivity they have shown in working with them

Headmaster, Vaughan Primary School.

Money raised from Long Ducker, the School's annual fundraising run from The Albert Memorial to Old Schools, has been used to support these reading programmes.

Over 50 boys have ensured that the 200+ children from local primary schools who have come to Harrow for Music masterclasses, Chemistry and Sport have had memorable, enjoyable and productive learning experiences.

Our work with primary schools includes a Homework Club run jointly with The Salvation Army, a Latin Club that caught the imagination of the children involved, some experiments that illuminated Science Week and some physically demanding gardening work that transformed underused and overgrown spaces. Local schools will be staging a production of Macbeth, in conjunction with the John Lyon's Charity and The Primary Shakespeare Company, in the last week of June and local Year 9 children have benefited from a Mathematics course run jointly with the Royal Institute.

The Harrow Spear programme involves over 15 boys and their work with Resurgo and St Peter's Church continues to provide life-changing outcomes for young people in Harrow who graduate from the employment course.

Our links with Firm Foundation, the foremost charity in the borough of Harrow for assisting people who are homeless, have strengthened and boys have been supporting the drop-in day shelter and the night centre. Long Ducker has supported this project too.

Harrovians have also been lightening the load for the many charity shops in Harrow town centre that are struggling to cope with demand.