As part of our holistic ethos, we’re committed to making a real difference and playing a meaningful role in the local community and beyond.
St Mark’s Partnership
Roedean formed a strong partnership with St Mark’s Primary, less than one mile from our School, and it has been going strong for six years – by focusing a wide range of activities on one school, the Roedean community has been able to make a marked and tangible difference to the children’s lives and educational experience.
As well as making an impact, Roedean girls derive great pleasure from working with the St Mark’s children, as well as developing a range of skills, including leadership and communication. From September 2021 to May 2022, Roedean students have contributed 882 hours to the partnership with St Mark’s School. In addition, Roedean staff have contributed 205.5 hours, and St Mark’s pupils have benefited from 7,724 hours of teaching and support.
One year-group from St Mark’s visits Roedean every week for a programme sporting and academic enrichment, led by Roedean staff – as well as trying a range of sports and enjoying our site, they learn Philosophy, Coding, Russian, and many more.
The Junior Roedean Academy (JRA)
JRA brings over 150 Year 5 pupils to Roedean for an eight-week programme of enrichment activities. This takes place in the Autumn and Spring terms, and students in Year 12 can choose this as their CAP activity, allowing them to share their passions and knowledge with the children.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
We always have an excellent participation rate for both Bronze and Silver awards. In 2022, 88 students completed Bronze DofE and 73 completed Silver, and these numbers are increasing every year.
All Year 7 students participate in this programme, which takes them outside for two periods every Friday afternoon, communing with nature and appreciating our wonderful surroundings. They learn a variety of skills, such as how to trim a sheep’s hooves, building a fire, land-yachting, and identifying local flora and fauna.
The Farm continues to be very popular with students, and Farm Club runs as part of the Co-Curricular programme four days a week, with 20 different students attending every day for activities – a highlight of the calendar is lambing. There are 12 sheep, 3 goats, and chickens and Indian runner ducks.
The school community undertakes numerous activities to raise funds for our chosen charities for this year, Raystede and the Brighton Hummingbird Project, as well as on-going support for the ten girls we sponsor around the world through PlanUK’s #BecauseIAmAGirl campaign. We also send food each week to our local partner charity, Off the Fence, which works with the homeless in Brighton.
Ukrainian Refugee Scholarships at Roedean
In response to the crisis, Roedean was keen to support refugees from Ukraine and 9 students who are living with host families locally have been awarded day places with 110% funding over two years.