In addition to developing our pupils academically, we want to see them mature socially and ethically. At Westminster we are committed to providing a holistic education with Enterprise being a central part of the boys’ learning: allowing them to realise what it takes to live as compassionate, contributing citizens both now and in the future. Giving to good causes and having an awareness of the world around us is a major part of the School’s ethos. Broadly speaking there are three main components to what we do: fundraising, community involvement and sustainability. Enterprise is such a staple feature in the day-to-day life at the school that each form has a specially assigned Enterprise Man to coordinate these events.
In an average year, the Under School raises somewhere in the region of £50,000, allowing us to support a range of charities. When selecting charities, we look at those that may provide as immersive an experience as possible, meaning the boys feel involved in the process; thus, fundraising has been focused on two charities in recent years: The Hands Up Foundation, which provides replacement limbs for individuals caught up in the Syrian conflict and the Cardinal Hume Centre which houses unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) and is just a stone’s throw away. Activities which support this run throughout the year including the Christmas Fair, the Summer Fête and the Readathon. Other smaller events that we support range from Jeans for Genes, Children in Need, Christmas Jumper Day, Woolly Hat Day, World Book Day and Comic Relief. Initiatives pioneered by the boys themselves including a foreign coin collection, an ice-lolly sale, a hot chocolate sale, and an unforgettable ‘laughathon’.