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Charity and Community

Giving back to the school and local community through fundraising and charity work is a fundamental aspect of NLS life. Our school is committed to partaking in a range charitable and community engagement activities in support of local and global organisations. We are incredibly proud of the generosity and time our students, parents, carers and staff put into their efforts to support those in need. Additionally, our school is proud to develop links with local charities and organisations where our students are able to see and meet those who their fundraising efforts will directly impact.

All events are organised and managed by our 6th Form and Year 9 student leaders who are appointed to the role of Charity and Community Leaders at the start of each academic year. This responsibility helps develop their creativity, enterprise, independence and collaboration skills, as well as providing the opportunity to help make a difference and show compassion and kindness to those in need of support.

If you are a local charity or community organisation that would like our support, please contact Ben Butler at



 Sixth Form Senior Student Leaders and Assistant Senior Student Leaders


  Year 9 Charity and Community Student Leaders

Sponge Cakes and Wet Sponges Raise Money for Comic Relief

On Friday 15 March, the nation celebrated Comic Relief 2024 (AKA Red Nose Day), and we at NLS joined in on the fun and showed our support. On this great day, two events were organised by our Student Charity Leaders, comprising of a cake sale and “Splash the Teacher”.

The cake sale was supported by students bringing in their own home-made or store-bought cakes to sell at break time. It didn’t take long for crowds to gather around the treat-filled tables and within minutes the cakes were sold out!

An even bigger crowd of enthusiastic and excited students formed around the “Splash the Teacher” activity. Brave volunteering staff members faced water-soaked sponges from students who had donated money to Comic Relief for the privilege of getting them wet! They (and some staff) queued up to throw sponges at their favourite teachers, with many hitting their mark. Laughter followed each sponge thrown and the event concluded with our teachers looking rather wet, but just as cheerful as the students.

These two events raised £235 for Comic Relief, helping to support local communities through providing meals, clothing and toiletries to those in need. 

March 2024






Christmas Hampers for the Local Community

We are delighted to share that this year’s hamper appeal was a great success and the school once again helped make a difference to a range of people in our community at Christmas-time. Tutor groups each had their own hampers and generously filled them with Christmas items. As a group, each tutor discussed ideas and decided who they would like to receive their hamper.

The hampers were collated by the students, carefully wrapped and delivered to local care homes, the homeless shelter, food banks and elderly neighbours. It was lovely to see how much the hampers were appreciated.

December 2023

Christmas Jumper Day Raises Over £800 for Save the Children Charity

One of a number of fantastic Christmas charity events we enjoyed this festive period was our Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15 December, when students were invited to wear their Christmas Jumpers to help raise money for Save the Children Charity. It was fantastic to see so many students joining in. Their generous donations will help improve the lives of less fortunate children and their families over a period that can be difficult for many. There was an amazing range of jumpers displayed by our students this year and it was such a fun way to raise money for a deserving cause. We are delighted to have raised over £800 for the charity.

December 2023




NLS Does X Factor in Support of Children In Need


We are delighted to share that we are now in our 20th year supporting this fantastic charity. This event saw staff perform in front of over 320 students, covering famous artists including Noel Gallagher, Back Street 'Gals', Pink, Shakira and Elsa from Frozen. They were judged by a small team of experts, from our Senior Student & Assistant Senior Student Leadership Team, based on their performance, stage presence, costumes and crowd interaction.  Winners were announced for Best Group, Best Solo performance and Best Costume.

‘I want to see talent’ announced Judge Shingai, at the start of North Leamington’s X Factor show in aid of Children in Need, and he was not left disappointed.

Mr Rae opened the November show in front of the ‘loudest crowd ever’ (as verified by our presenters Mr Foxon and Mrs Barley-Morey) with his version of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ to a raucous reception. Impressively, he was also the only one to play his own music. Next up was a crowd-favourite duet from Mr Royle and Miss Howard, performing Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ accompanied by a host of props, including the Croft snake mascot! The acts continued to roll at the same extraordinary rate of quality and enthusiasm. Mrs Hill gave a spell-binding performance as Elsa from Frozen, in her wedding dress, whilst Ms Norman impressed as P!NK. Our Sixth Form judges were full of acclaim, and occasionally constructive criticism, for the staff stars, with stage presence and crowd noise catching their eye the most. There was no stronger contender in these departments than Ms Elliot with her rendition of ‘Shake it Off’ by Taylor Swift.

However, there could only be one winner. After much deliberation, the judges awarded the prestigious award to the talented trio of Miss Clifford, Miss Sears and Miss Reed, or the Backstreet Gals as they were known as on the night. With the phenomenal amount of money raised of almost £900 for Children in Need, the audience won’t be the only young people who will have benefitted from the event.

November 2023


Anti-Bullying Week - Raising Awareness

In November, as part of our ongoing anti-bullying initiatives and to support Anti-Bullying Week, students took part in a range of activities and discussions within their tutor groups.

This year’s theme was ‘Make a Noise about Bullying’, with the main topic being ‘Banter vs. Bullying’ which came about following consultation with teachers and pupils by the Anti-Bullying Alliance which coordinates Anti-Bullying Week every year in the UK. ‘We wanted a theme that empowered them to do something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes. The nature of the activities will encourage young people to consider what bullying means to us, how banter can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying. ‘

Tutor sessions included students thinking about and discussing can making a noise help improve a bullying situation and what is the difference between banter and bullying?  Sessions also reminded students who they can speak to at school if they have any concerns. Students ended the week wearing odd socks to promote individuality, acceptance and tolerance, to show that in our community we are all unique and different.

November 2023



Remembrance Day 

On 10 November, the whole school gathered in a service  of remembrance. After watching an emotional powerpoint we moved outside to the courtyard for our service. Senior student leaders (Shingai and Grace) read a remembrance poem and a parade followed to lay a poppy wreath led by our own students who are members of sea and army cadets. These gatherings allow us to reflect on all the conflicts of the world and realise how lucky we are. 

November 2023



Macmillan Cakes Rake in over £400

To raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support a team of Year 9 Student Charity Leaders held a very successful cake sale on 13 October. In preparation for the event, the team visited each tutor group, raising awareness of the event and inspiring people to bring in cakes to be sold at break. To create a bit of friendly competition and raise as much money as possible, the five colleges were challenged with raising the most money on the day. In addition, Sixth Form students wore green clothing and contributed £1 each.

The cakes came in thick and fast, many of which students took the time and effort to bake themselves.  By the time break came, we had an impressive array ready to be sold. Five tables representing each college were lined with a wide range of mouth-watering goodies waiting to be sold. The tables were quickly flooded with watchful eyes gazing at the tempting sweet treats. Students were spoilt for choice. Sales soared, trays emptied and it was a sell out! Not a crumb left! The winning college Binswood, who raised £94.80. In close second place was Park with £93.40 and the overall amount raised for the Macmillan fundraiser was £429.18. 

October 2023


Race For Life Event Raises over £2,000 for Cancer Research

On 29 September it was wonderful to see the whole school community come together to take part in a very worthwhile Cancer Research event: Race for Life. In the week leading up to the event, tutor time sessions were used to educate students about cancer and how it can be treated. Hearing about personal experiences shared by staff, students were able to appreciate the importance of donating and the positive impact they can have in the fight against cancer.

The event itself saw students from Years 7 - 13 walk or run 1 mile laps around the perimeter of our two fields, aiming to complete as many circuits as possible in an hour. Encouraged by members of staff cheering them on or running with them, students wore a variety of pink items such as headbands, socks and tutus. Some painted their faces pink in support of the charity. It was impressive to see the great effort made by students and their positive attitude during the event.

Students were encouraged to donate a minimum of £1 and to gather additional sponsorship based on the number of laps completed: some managed over 5 laps! There were some extremely generous donations from students and staff, which resulted in us smashing our fundraising target of £1000. In total we raised a staggering £2038 for Cancer Research. A special mention to students Alice and Evelyn, who raised £200 between them, as well as Daisy for contributing £80 to this cause. What a fantastic team effort and result!

September 2023


Ukraine Appeal

During the month of March, the whole school came together to show their support for Ukraine. Students and staff brought in hundreds of items to help the people of Ukraine. Items such as non-perishable food, essential toiletries and games were packaged up and sent to help make a difference to families suffering in Ukraine and Poland.

Alongside this, Sixth Form students came together to make the Ukrainian flag in their support for Ukraine and coordinated donations to the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee - Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal). Almost £500 was raised. The students also requested to do a minute silence for those who have lost their life in the conflict and to reflect.

Further donations were collated in support of a neighbour of one of our students who welcomed two sisters and their three young children (a boy aged 9, and girls 6 years and 14 months) from Ukraine.

March 2023