Charity at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

Fund raising for charities is an integral part of the school year. We support a range of good causes, some year on year, others as a result of student nominations which are then discussed and decided by representatives from the school council. While many of the fund-raising events follow the traditional non-uniform route, we also have themed dress up days, Christmas jumper days and school wide cake sales – often with contributions for vegan and gluten free diets.

In a normal year our biggest event revolves around the BBC Children in Need campaign. The week comprises of a series of form organised fund raising activities, from male teacher leg waxing, to photobooths, cake sales and raffles. The week culminates in the Miss King Edward VI Handsworth (Miss KE) competition where one pupil from each form creates a themed outfit and performs a talent ranging from singing to dance to hula-hooping and is judged by a panel of teachers. All this is mixed in with loud music and lots of cheering your own form. The event is entirely organised by a group of year 11 pupils.

We also have our own Race for Life in the summer to support Cancer Research UK and specifically breast cancer. With a mile long route marked on the field the emphasis is on having fun, enjoying the music and hopefully the warm weather.


MacMillan Coffee Morning – Pupils and staff bake cakes and sell them in aid of Macmillan nurses.

Dahlicious Day – Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

LEPRA – Year 7 fund raising fighting disease, poverty and prejudice.

Children in Need – A week of form organised sponsored events and money raising activities finishing with Miss KE and a non uniform day.

Poppy Appeal – Supporting the British Armed Forces past and present.

Sport relief

Race for life – the new senior prefect team organise a Pink themed day with cake sales and our own “Race for life” event around the school grounds. This raises funds for Cancer Research UK.

Christmas appeal – As a result of a Next Generation Award team winning monetary support for their idea for “Homeless care Packages” the school has continued to develop the aims of the group. We have a Christmas Jumper day which raises money to buy items for the homeless in the following year, We also collect various items ranging from food to toiletries that are donated to local hostels and food banks.

Student choice charities – In addition, students are involved in deciding 2 “pupil choice” charities, these often have close links to the students involved in promoting them. These charities are usually supported in the Spring term.